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Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
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Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
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Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
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Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
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Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
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Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Eating Free Range
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
FITNESS
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
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Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
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Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
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SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
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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