Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties.

antimicrobial, fungi

Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties.

Author Information

Leyva-López N1, Gutiérrez-Grijalva EP2, Vazquez-Olivo G3, Heredia JB4.

1-4Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo A.C., Carretera a El Dorado km 5.5 Col. El Diez C.P., Culiacán, Sinaloa 80129, Mexico.

Abstract

Essential oils of oregano are widely recognized for their antimicrobial activity, as well as their antiviral and antifungal properties. Nevertheless, recent investigations have demonstrated that these compounds are also potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and cancer suppressor agents. These properties of oregano essential oils are of potential interest to the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. The aim of this manuscript is to review the latest evidence regarding essential oils of oregano and their beneficial effects on health.

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