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Rockntractor
05-01-2012, 11:43 AM
Oregano has long since been a popular seasonal herb for various pizza and pasta dishes, as well as a powerful antioxidant. But its benefits may extend beyond just enhancing flavor and fighting bacteria: An ingredient in the spice may actually kill prostate cancer cells.

A new study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology highlights the cancer fighting effects of one of the main components of oregano called carvacrol. While some research has been done previously on the herb’s medicinal properties, this is the first study of its kind to study the effects of carvacrol on prostate cancer.

“Oregano has been studied quite a bit,” said lead investigator Supriya Bavadekar, assistant professor of Pharmacology at Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “There are so many beneficial effects such as antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties. There is also some literature that shows this compound has some effects against breast cancer and other cancer cells. But nobody knows how it’s working and it hasn’t been tested on prostate cancer.”

Bavadekar’s team is still running tests on carvacrol, but preliminary reports have revealed that the compound is an extremely potent anti-cancer agent – eliminating nearly all the prostate cancer cells it was tested against.

“We used various concentrations of this drug and we were happy to see that caused complete inhibition of cell growth,” Bavadekar said. “We did these experiments in three different time periods – 24 hours, 48 hours and 96 hours. The drug produced almost 100 percent inhibition, but it was the most potent at the 96 hour treatment period. We are hoping that tells us something about how it may be acting.”

From the early reports, the team was able to deduce that carvacrol stimulated apoptosis – or “cell suicide” – in the prostate cancer cells. While these initial results provide significant insight into oregano’s benefits, Bavadekar is hard at work trying to understand how exactly the compound triggers this programmed cell death.

“The really challenging part is to find out how this is working,” Bavadekar said. “So it’s causing these cells to commit suicide, but how is this signal being passed on to result in apoptosis? What are the components in the prostate cancer cells that contribute to the cells’ death? It’s about understanding the mechanism of action.”

Figuring out why carvacrol is so effective against prostate cancer could have a significant impact on the future of cancer drugs and research. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States, with more than 240,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2012.

For those suffering from prostate cancer, the treatment options range from radiation treatments to surgeries – such as a radical prostatectomy. But if Bavadekar and her team are able to develop a better knowledge of carvacrol’s anti-cancer properties, they could potentially aid in developing less intense cancer therapy treatments.

“We have to remember that this is from oregano which is considered to be a safe food component,” Bavadekar said. “So we’re hoping this translates into a drug with lesser adverse effects in patients. The conventional chemotherapy has all of those really horrible side effects – many of them severe. We’re thinking this compound could be used by itself or in combination with other agents.”

Bavadekar said she is optimistic about what they will uncover. But in the meantime, the research thus far gives pizza lovers an excuse to keep ordering their favorite Italian dishes.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/24/oregano-shown-to-effectively-destroy-prostate-cancer-cells/#ixzz1tdK31rbc

Starbuck
05-01-2012, 01:36 PM
Kind of interesting that the article says prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. After all, weren't we all just told to stop testing?

BTW, my wife grows oregano. Anyone tried making a tea out of it? I make mint tea almost every day using dried mint.

SaintLouieWoman
05-01-2012, 01:43 PM
Kind of interesting that the article says prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. After all, weren't we all just told to stop testing?

BTW, my wife grows oregano. Anyone tried making a tea out of it? I make mint tea almost every day using dried mint.

I'm growing 3 types of basil, oregano, chives and rosemary. The oregano has suddenly started doing better. I guess I'll cut off some more oregano tonight and cook it in our beef stir fry.

Molon Labe
05-01-2012, 02:13 PM
Kind of interesting that the article says prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. After all, weren't we all just told to stop testing?

BTW, my wife grows oregano. Anyone tried making a tea out of it? I make mint tea almost every day using dried mint.

If it is good at fighting one cancer then it can't hurt to use it regulary and hope it may prevent others. I've always believed that food is medicinal. I cook with as many spices as I can. Turmeric is another with some strong antioxidant properties.

Rockntractor
05-01-2012, 02:23 PM
If it is good at fighting one cancer then it can't hurt to use it regulary and hope it may prevent others. I've always believed that food is medicinal. I cook with as many spices as I can. Turmeric is another with some strong antioxidant properties.

The list of benefits from turmeric grows by the day!
I'm a believer in variety, the more variety in your diet herb wise the better, oils are another area where it would be hard to list all the benefits in recent studies.
Google coconut oil.

SaintLouieWoman
05-01-2012, 06:39 PM
The list of benefits from turmeric grows by the day!
I'm a believer in variety, the more variety in your diet herb wise the better, oils are another area where it would be hard to list all the benefits in recent studies.
Google coconut oil.

We'll have to get some turmeric. What foods do you use it with? I've heard it was good for you---think Dr Oz had been pushing it.

That reminds me, need to go out and pick some of the oregano and basil.

Rockntractor
05-01-2012, 06:44 PM
We'll have to get some turmeric. What foods do you use it with? I've heard it was good for you---think Dr Oz had been pushing it.

That reminds me, need to go out and pick some of the oregano and basil.

They are recommending turmeric in higher amounts than you would use for seasoning, you can take a couple capsules a day. I'm thinking about buying the empty gelatin capsules and filling them myself.
Another one that is coming out now is blueberries, I have been catching bits and pieces from the studies for a couple of weeks now. When I find a good article I'll post it.

Lager
05-01-2012, 08:25 PM
I love the taste of oregano in red sauces. My plants are full and leafy already. Our early summer weather also means that our cilantro, arugula, kale and chives are already being harvested. One of the best things about spring is the prospect of fresh herbs for cooking. But oregano is one of those herbs that I almost think taste better dried. Anyone else find that to be true?

SaintLouieWoman
05-01-2012, 09:35 PM
I love the taste of oregano in red sauces. My plants are full and leafy already. Our early summer weather also means that our cilantro, arugula, kale and chives are already being harvested. One of the best things about spring is the prospect of fresh herbs for cooking. But oregano is one of those herbs that I almost think taste better dried. Anyone else find that to be true?

I made a red sauce tonight for our beef that had been pre-cut for stir fry. I put quite a bit of the fresh oregano into the mix. It really tasted good. I'll try it dried out in the summer when I forget to water my herbs. The basil pops back quickly, rosemary doesn't need that much water, but the darned oregano always dries out while outside.

Sounds like you have a really nice variety in your crop. Do you have much of a problem with the cilantro? I've tried it before and found it destroyed by insects so kind of gave up on trying to grow it.

Hawkgirl
05-01-2012, 09:42 PM
I'm a regular user of oregano in my cooking. No prostate CA for me.

Rockntractor
05-01-2012, 09:45 PM
I'm a regular user of oregano in my cooking. No prostate CA for me.

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Lager
05-07-2012, 07:18 PM
I made a red sauce tonight for our beef that had been pre-cut for stir fry. I put quite a bit of the fresh oregano into the mix. It really tasted good. I'll try it dried out in the summer when I forget to water my herbs. The basil pops back quickly, rosemary doesn't need that much water, but the darned oregano always dries out while outside.

Sounds like you have a really nice variety in your crop. Do you have much of a problem with the cilantro? I've tried it before and found it destroyed by insects so kind of gave up on trying to grow it.

Not insects, but the heat and dryness causes it to bolt and go to flower rather early in our climate. The good thing is that the few plants I originally planted throw out so many seeds that it spreads every year without much effort. Other than that, I wouldn't bother with it, seeing as how inexpensive it is to purchase at the grocery store.