Oregano, Anti-cancer and Anti-hyperglycemic Effects
Due to strong phytochemicals in oregano, notably quercetin, researchers have conducted promising lab and animal tests that show anti-cancer effects of oregano. Quercetin appears to slow cancer growth and promotes apoptosis, a natural cell death not usual for cancer cells
Oregano is a rich source of natural phenolic antioxidants and has potential to be a source of nutritional ingredients for functional foods. Herbs such as oregano have long been used in food preservation and in traditional medicine in the treatment of common ailments and have potential for positive modulation of oxidation-linked diseases such as diabetes.One of the potentially important components of anti-diabetic activity by oregano extract is mild amylase inhibition by phenolic antioxidants to help contribute towards management of hyperglycemia.
Inhibitory effect of clonal oregano extracts against porcine pancreatic amylase in vitro.
McCue P, Vattem D, Shetty K. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.