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Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
CANCER
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
CAREGIVING
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Sleep and Do Better
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Drink Away Dementia?
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb

If you love Italian food, then you are most likely enjoying the bountiful benefits of oregano. Research is showing that oregano tops the list as the most potent culinary herb on the planet. This tasty herb contains many minerals like copper, niacin, and beta-carotene, as well as other nourishing nutrients.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the herb with highest antioxidant potency is oregano, which has 3 to 20 times more antioxidant activity than the other herbs studied. Ounce for ounce, oregano is one of the most antioxidant dense foods, having 42 times the antioxidant activity as apples, 12 times more than oranges, and 4 times more than blueberries.

Oregano (as well as many other flavourful herbs including basil and rosemary) contains rosmarinic acid. This strong antioxidant helps to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk for cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis and premature aging. It is also an anti-inflammatory and a study published in the Clinical and Experimental Allergy, June 2004 showed that the oral administration of rosmarinic acid is an effective treatment for allergic asthma.

Oregano is also known to be rich in antibacterial properties, including the oils thymol and carvacrol. Research shows that these two compounds inhibit the growth of many kinds of bacteria.

Studies in Mexico have shown that oregano can help to clear giardia more effectively than Tinidazol, which is the usual drug given to treat this condition. Giardia is a common bacteria ingested through food. It can cause everything from mild digestive problems to very serious illness.

Researchers at the University of Ogden, Utah have found that oregano essential oil can effectively fight streptococcus, which can cause pneumonia and other infections of the upper respiratory system.

Studies have also revealed that Oil of Oregano can stop the growth of harmful bacteria such as E. Coli and salmonella. Some restaurants even put some drops of Oregano Oil in salad bars to protect them from dangerous bacteria settling into the food.

This amazing super herb can also destroy viruses and fungi, which is why it oregano oil is often used during anti Candida (fungi) cleanses.

Sheryl Walters