Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano contains antioxidants to support the Immune System. An active agent in oregano is rosmarinic acid, which is a strong antioxidant that may support immune system health. Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings, with an antioxidant punch greater than apples.
Oregano also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that and may even kill MRSA. Carvacol and thymol, two phytochemicals in oregano, are powerful antimicrobials. Research has shown essential oils from oregano may kill the foodborne pathogens like Listeria. Studies have also found that the oils in oregano can be useful against certain Candida species
Anti-inflammatory properties come from beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), which inhibits inflammation and may also be beneficial for conditions including osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.