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Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
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Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
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Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
CANCER
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Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
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Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
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Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
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Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert Advises
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
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SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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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