Oregano Nutrition Facts& Health Benefits

Oregano is a plant from the mint family, this plant has very typical aroma and taste. Oregano leaves contains nutrition such as iron, manganese and vitamin A. Therefore, consumption of fresh oregano leaves on a regular basis can help boost the immune system. Based from oregano nutrition, there are a lot of health benefits that we can get.

In addition, the benefits of oregano has also long been known as an herb that is rich in antioxidants, may even be able to kill prostate cancer cells. A new study published in the Federation of American Society of Experimental Biology highlights one of the major components of oregano called carvacrol, which is touted to fight cancer cells. This is the first study to specifically study the effects of carvacrol on prostate cancer.

Oreganois one of the most important seasoning for Turkish cuisine, Greek, Spanish, and Italian. Generally, the oregano leaves are used for fragrance seasoning, because the rich aroma. The shape is similar to the basil. Tend bitter taste, has a warm aroma. Different from most herbs leaf, oregano produces better aroma when it's in powder form, therefore, in the market, many are sold dried.

Oregano nutrition facts

Dried leaves of Oregano herb (Origanum vulgare) Nutritive value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy306 Kcal15%
Carbohydrates64.43 g 49%
Protein11 g19.5%
Total Fat10.25 g 34%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber42.8 g 107%
Folates274 µg69%
Niacin6.22 mg 39%
Pantothenic acid0.921 mg17%
Pyridoxine1.210 mg93%
Riboflavin0.320 mg 24.5%
Thiamin0.341 mg28%
Vitamin A6903 IU 230%
Vitamin C50 mg83%
Vitamin E18.86 mg126%
Vitamin K621.7 µg518%
Sodium15 mg1%
Potassium1669 mg35.5%
Calcium1576 mg158%
Copper0.943 mg105%
Iron44 mg 550%
Magnesium270 mg67.5%
Manganese4.667 mg203%
Zinc4.43 mg40%
Carotene-ß4112 µg--
Crypto-xanthin-ß11 µg--
Lutein-zeaxanthin862 µg--

Oregano health benefits

  1. Despite having a bitter taste tend, oregano is a good source for fulfillment iron and vitamin A. 
  2. Oregano regularly consumption can help boost the immune system. 
  3. Thymol and carvacol compounds in oregano beneficial in aiding digestion and treating stomach disorders.
  4. When menstruation, munching a few leaves of fresh oregano can help relieve pain and cramps in the stomach and hips. 
  5. Oil content in the leaves of fresh oregano contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for treating skin infections. 
  6. Oregano also has properties that can soothe and help the body during sleep.
  7. Oregano leaves that have a fragrant aroma is also rich in thymol which has powerful  functions as antiseptic.
  8. Carvacrol and thymol compounds in oregano can help eliminate mucus in the lungs and spasms in the throat
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