This shows that we don't have to purchase fancy antioxidanat formulas or 'superfruits' in order to stay healthy. God has provided many different plants that we take for granted that if used properly would be a great addition to our 'first aid kits'.
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Oregano, a common ingredient in Italian and Mexican cuisine, comes from the leaves of an herb native to the Mediterranean (not to be confused with Mexican oregano, native to the Americas), is one of the most concentrated antioxidant sources ever studied. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, its antioxidant activity is between three and 20 times higher than that of any other herb. Even well-known antioxidant-containing fruits fail to measure up: Oregano has four times the antioxidant activity of blueberries, 12 times that of oranges and 42 times that of apples.
While you can get some of these benefits from just cooking regularly with oregano, a more concentrated form may sometimes be required. That's why the essential oil of oregano is a common remedy for bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. It's so effective -- and tastes so good -- that some restaurants actually sprinkle oregano oil over their salad bars to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for bacteria. And because of the high antioxidant content in the oil, it probably keeps the salad fresh for longer, too!
The best source I know for oregano is North American Herb and Spice, which offers a variety of oregano oil products under the "Oreganol P73" brand name (www.P-73.com). Gaia Herbs also makes a quality oregano supplement (www.GaiaHerbs.com).
I have personally used oregano as emergency medicine to completely eliminate digestive distress after eating what I found out was contaminated food. In fact, oregano kills e.coli, salmonella and virtually all other food-borne pathogens.
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