Chapter

Antioxidant Properties of Spices, Herbs and Other Sources

pp 449-458

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Oregano

  • Denys J. CharlesAffiliated withFrontier Natural Products Co-op

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Abstract

Oregano is a hardy, bushy, herbaceous perennial plant with strong antioxidant properties and this correlates well with the total phenolic and flavonoid content. This chapter describes the botany, history, producing regions, flavor and aroma, parts used, and active constituents. The chapter also highlights the uses of oregano in different recipes around the world. It is a must ingredient in pizzas and spaghetti sauces. Oregano has been reported to have carminative, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and antioxidant properties. Finally the medicinal uses, functional properties, and antioxidant properties of oregano are discussed in great detail.