Oregano’s Compounds Are Brain Healthy

We already know about some of the health benefits of oregano, but now a recent study indicates there is even more to this herb that is used in Mediterranean cooking. A study published in the British Journal of  Nutrition  (2011 Apr;105(8):1150-63. Epub 2010 Dec 21) was presented at the recent conference of the International Society of Neuroscience.

The study included men aged 18 to 45 who were given capsules that contained carvacrol and thymoquinone, two ingredients found in oregano over a period of 5 days. The men were monitored using EEG’s and brain wave measurements were taken. Both alpha-1 and beta-1 brainwaves were noticeably increased in the men over the course of the study. Alpha-1 brainwaves are responsible for relaxation, learning potential, and a reduction in anxiety.  There is an association between alertness and higher degrees of cognitive levels associated with higher beta-1 brainwaves.

In another study, the compound Oreganol  P73 which is also found in oregano was administered to individuals suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The results were quite astonishing with two of the individuals appearing to be cured of the disease while most of the other participants showed dramatic improvements. The two that were cured were in wheelchairs at the beginning of the study and were not able to function yet within two weeks, complete function had returned to them.

ASL is a disease which is similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) and is debilitating to those who suffer from it.

Oregano is proving to be a super spice with its various compounds that have a variety of antioxidant, healing and preventative qualities. Just one more reason to keep using the spice on as much food as you can! These recent studies show that there is continued hope for many while also possible preventative methods of reducing the chances of brain disease and disorders, especially anxiety while also increasing cognitive function through the use of oregano as a regular part of diet.


4 Responses to Oregano’s Compounds Are Brain Healthy

  • John G. says:

    Mmmm.. oregano. This just gives me a good excuse to double up on how much I use. Thank you for the information.

  • admin says:

    Good plan, John. As well as having a wonderful taste and odor, oregano appears to be very very good for you. I am sure we’ll be seeing more positive studies coming out about oregano and it’s healing qualities and what it can do for us even more than just add flavor to our foods.

  • Anne MacLean says:

    Thank you for posting this. I have been doing some research myself on oregano and am quite impressed so far with the promise it shows for both prevention and treatment of a variety of health conditions. It is another food in our arsenal!

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