Also Known As: Oregano, Oregano oil
Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids. In test-tube studies, it also has shownantimicrobial activity against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. These in vitro findings have not translated to in vivoresults, and it has not been shown to be of any benefit in humans for any medical condition.
In 2005, the US Federal Trade Commission brought legal action against a firm that had claimed oil of oregano treated colds and flus, and that oil of oregano taken orally treated and relieved bacterial and viral infections and their symptoms, saying the representations were false or were not substantiated at the time the representations were made, and that they were therefore a deceptive practice and false advertisements. The final stipulation on the matter said no representation as to any health benefit could be made without "…competent and reliable scientific evidence…".
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