Oregano’s Compounds Are Brain Healthy

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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.

Genuine Greek Oregano Is Coming!

Greek oregano is favoured over other types of oregano by many chefs and culinary experts. You can’t beat the robust flavours and aroma in genuine oregano from Greece. We’ve found a great supply and you can download an Ebook outlining the health benefits of this herb, as well as Traditional Greek Recipes Ebook, for free! Visit KirIan Oregano now.

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  1. John G. on November 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

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

  2. admin on November 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    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.

  3. Anne MacLean on November 21, 2012 at 1:16 am

    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!

    • admin on December 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

      We just provided a recipe for oregano tea, Anne. Hope you will take a look at that!

  4. Mary D on February 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    M’y husband has ALS he starded oregano oil hope wil have good help

    • admin on February 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hello Mary – sorry to hear of your husband’s health issues! Do let us know how the oregano oil treatment works out for him!

      • Maryse on August 25, 2017 at 3:23 am

        Hi Mary , my husband has ALS as your husband please let me know if Oregano oil seems to help him
        Thank you

  5. N. Miller on October 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    How many drops of oil daily, orally, for a proactive approach? How many for ALS? MS? I take 4 drops daily as a maintenance dose. 100% pure oil of Oregano. Cured my athletes foot and my sons mersa.

  6. Richard Turner on November 2, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Once a week we have pizza and i put a lot of oregano on it because it just makes it taste better. I was unaware of the health benefits of oregano for the brain until i saw it on a television show ‘ The Doctors ‘. I decided to read more about it and i’m going to start putting oregano on more of my meals. I have a nervous condition and i want to see what it will do for my nerves along with the medication i take.

  7. Chelsea on January 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    My grandma was diagnosed with bublar onset ALS about a year ago. Her speech and mobility have declined as expected but when given morphine during a hospital stay she seemed 100% better. I once read that in large amounts oil of oregano can be more powerful than morphine for killing pain (i.e. inflammation). It just dawned on me that I need to research this….

    PLEASE respond with your accounts of taking oregano to treat ALS. Has anyone had any success? Also, I am trying to find the study mentioned in the third paragraph of this article. If anyone has found it, please share that too.

    My heart breaks for any family having to deal with this devastating disease. Absolutely horrific. Leave no stone unturned. I’m determined to save my grandma, however foolish it seems to some members of my family.

    God Bless You All

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