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Oregano Good for Pasta and Prostate Cancer

Oregano and Prostate CancerIf you like oregano in your pasta sauce and on your pizza, you may want to start using this popular seasoning herb even more. A new study by investigators at Long Island University (LIU) suggests oregano contains an ingredient that could also be a potential treatment for prostate cancer.

Oregano has been valued for medicinal purposes for centuries, but it is only in more recent years that scientists have identified some of its potentially beneficial ingredients, namely carvacrol and thymol. These substances are believed to have potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.

Several previous studies have suggested oregano has some anticancer benefits, and this latest research supports that idea. According to Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, PhD, RPh, assistant professor of pharmacology at LIU’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, her ongoing testing of carvacrol indicates the oregano ingredient prompts apoptosis (cell death, or cell suicide) in prostate cancer cells.

Dr. Bavadekar’s findings, which were presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 poster session on April 24, show that oregano’s “effects on cancer cells really elevate the spite to the level of a super-space like turmeric,” noted Bavadekar. “If the study continues to yield positive results, this super-space may represent a very promising therapy for patients with prostate cancer.”

It is much too early to determine how much oregano may be beneficial for fighting prostate cancer. However, oregano is a commonly used food, is Generally Recognized As Safe, and can be used to flavor a wide variety of foods, from pasta sauces to vegetables, soups, salads, beans, and whole grains.

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About Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, CNS, RH (AHG)

Dr. Geo is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Chief Science Officer at Prostate Research Labs. Before joining NYU, Dr. Geo was a clinician, researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Registered Herbalist. Dr. Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in 1000 Cures for 200 ailments, by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate Cancer – Nutrients that may slow its progression,” Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing, 2009. He also serves on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal.
 
Dr Geo is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools and conferences on Integrative Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate disease. More on Dr. Geo

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