Oregano: good reasons to include it in their food – Women Tips
Oregano, also known as wild marjoram or oregano, is an aromatic herb that has been used in cooking for thousands of years. Who never surrendered, for example, a pizza cheese, ham, tomato and oregano ?!
"I think that oregano always gives a different flavor to the food ... I love spice cabbage salad with it, for example. But of course, the truth is that it goes with everything: pizza, pasta etc. in general, "said Patrícia Medeiro, 27, a teacher.
Maria Leme, 58, housewife, also loves oregano and account that uses the herb to prepare most of the food. "When I make a pie of cheese and vegetables, for example, add a little oregano ... The pasta sauce also can not miss ... Anyway, oregano leaves no hotter revenue," he says.
What few people know is that the grass in addition to its role of providing more flavor to foods in cooking, also offers a number of health benefits.
"Oregano has many nutritional properties that can aid in the functioning of our body," says nutritionist and personal diet Sabrina Lopes.
Below you can see this and other information on this herb that's been part of the diet of most people.
Benefits of oregano for health
Sabrina Lopes talks about the benefits of oregano to the body:
- It has antioxidant properties (antioxidant helps protect cells against the effects of free radicals).
- It is anti-inflammatory.
- It is antibacterial. "The antibacterial action of oregano helps fight the bacteria Helicobacter pylori - primarily responsible for gastric and duodenal ulcer. It also promotes the balance of intestinal flora, which also assists in our immune system and the absorption of important substances for the body, "explains nutritionist Sabrina Lopes.
- It acts in the digestive system. "It acts in the digestive system by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes, and also by substances such as tannin, cervacol, cymene and linalool - guaranteeing the digestive properties decreasing the formation of gases and preventing cramps in the gut," said Sabrina Lopes.
- It has diuretic action. "Oregano has a mild diuretic action, it helps in blood circulation and also prevents swelling, extreme variations in weight and leg pain," explains nutritionist Sabrina.
- It has expectorant action. "When oregano is used in the form of tea, has expectorant action, relieving coughs," said Sabrina Lopes.
- It has antifungal action. "Fighting thus fungi such as candida, through the active ingredient in oregano, carvacrol - which have property of inhibiting the growth of this fungus," says the professional.
- It boosts the immune system due to the presence of thymol.
Oregano x cancer
Some international studies have also shown oregano as an important ally in the fight against cancer.
In 2012, for example, a survey conducted at the University of Long Island, the United States, pointed out that the herb could be used to fight prostate cancer. That's because, according to the researchers, a substance called carvacrol present in oregano, induces cancer cells to self-destruct.
Recently, biologists from the United Arab Emirates University reported also that oregano can help slow or prevent the progression of cancer in women with breast cancer.
However, it is important to note that further studies should be done to confirm these possible benefits of oregano in fighting cancer.
How to use oregano in food
In the market, says Sabrina Lopes, you can find oregano in the form of essential oil, fresh leaves and, most commonly, the leaves of dried oregano.
Sabrina Lopes explains that oregano is commonly used in Italian dishes such as tomato sauce, eggplant parmigiana and the pizzas. "But it can also be used in everyday life in the kitchen as a seasoning for vegetables, broths, in meat, fish and poultry," he says.
Many people have the custom still to season the salad with a little oregano. Another option is to use oregano in the preparation of herbal salt (green salt) and use it in place of common salt in their recipes. See how easy it is to prepare it:
"You can also make tea with herb and add to the cabbage juice," adds nutritionist Sabrina.
The nutritionist points out that oregano should be inserted at the end of the recipe, as well as other seasonings. "Avoid placing before because high temperatures can cause loss of nutritional properties," he explains.
How to store oregano at home?
Ideally, store the dried oregano in a dry, dark place away from heat to preserve the herb's properties, as explained Sabrina Lopes. "Avoid high temperatures, so avoid the open shelves on or near the stove or other appliance that generates heat," he says.
Fresh oregano can be frozen to keep its properties longer. "Do not use if there are changes in the color or odor of the herb," adds nutritionist Sabrina.
How to grow oregano at home?
As with other herbs, oregano is easy to grow: or in the garden or indoors, from small plants or seeds.
"It is possible to grow oregano in your garden. This oregano can be stored fresh, frozen and even you can make the drying process that oregano. People who use this method ensures that the flavor and aroma of the herb grown at home are special, "concludes the nutritionist Sabrina.
Check out the video below to create your own mini garden home to cultivate their favorite seasonings:
In the following step by step, you learn how to dehydrate herbs to keep them much longer:
Now you have some more good reasons to consume oregano! Besides giving more flavor to foods, the herb can offer different benefits to your health!