Oregano could be used for prostate cancer treatment.


Oregano, the new super-herb.

Years ago, some research was done that showed eating pizza lessens the chance of getting some cancers. It was assumed the lycopene from the tomato sauce was responsible. Now it seems oregano may also assist in destroying cancer cells related to prostate cancer.

There is an ingredient in oregano called carvacrol which Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, PhD, RPh, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Long Island University, is currently testing on prostate cancer cells. The results of her study demonstrate that the compound induces apoptosis in these cells. Apoptosis is programmed cell death, or simply “cell suicide.”

“We know that oregano possesses anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, but its effects on cancer cells really elevate the spice to the level of a super-spice like turmeric,” said  Bavadekar.

If the study continues to yield positive results, this super-herb may represent a very promising therapy for patients with prostate cancer.

Oregano makes a great addition to pizza, spaghetti and many famous Greek dishes, including lemon and oregano marinated lamb and oregano baked chicken.

For more information on this research, click here.

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