We can thank our friends from the Mediterranean area for this valuable and equally delicious herb contribution. Oregano is robust and lemony in flavor and is used as a spice to enhance the flavor of food, but did you know how beneficial it is to your health?

Let’s Talk about the Benefits

Oregano can boost immunity. Oregano is made up of two interesting components – rosmarinic acid and thymol. These two compounds have been linked to reducing oxidative stress, which ultimately causes cancer. By adding oregano to your next dish, you’re fighting cancer, early onset chronic conditions, and boosting your immune system all at once!

Oregano acts as an antibacterial. Let’s go back to those two compounds we just touched on, rosmarinic acid and thymol. Well, they also help defend the body against bacteria and other harmful things that can affect your skin, metabolism and more.

Speaking of metabolism, oregano can greatly impact your digestion, as it’s loaded with fiber. Fiber is extremely important to a healthy digestive system, as it helps pass food through the large intestine. The more fiber your intake, the more nutrients you absorb from the foods you eat!

Oregano helps with heart health. Like we talked about previously, omega-3 fatty acids are essential to a healthy heart. They help reinforce good cholesterol and reduce inflammation, thus preventing heart attacks, strokes and more. Oregano is a natural source of omega-3 so you’re basically flavoring your food with omega-3 fatty acids that taste delicious!

Oregano can increase energy levels. Piggybacking off what we said about oregano impacting digestion, well in the process of improving your metabolism, your circulation is increased, resulting in rejuvenation and increased energy.

How to Use Oregano

The leaves are the most commonly used part of the oregano plant and produce the most aroma and flavor when dried, as opposed to when they’re fresh. Oregano is used to flavor mostly everything – soups, sauces, pizza, pasta, vegetables and even certain meat dishes like chicken and meatballs.

You can use oregano in hundreds of healthy recipes! Here are a few we enjoy:

Crispy Oregano Smashed Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice

Roasted Lemon Oregano Shrimp

Super Fresh Cucumber Salad

Traditional Greek Salad

Roasted Root Vegetables

Oregano Chicken Mediterranean Zoodle Bowls

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