4. Culinary herbs and spices with health benefits – Oregano
Oregano is so much more than the dry, flakey stuff you put on your pizza. True, it is a common ingredient in Mediterranean food, but it is also renowned for its antioxidants. An active ingredient in oregano is rosmarinic acid, which is so strong an antioxidant that it compares most fruits, berries, and vegetables. It also helps boost the immune system which can help fend off the flu and colds. It also has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-cancer properties. Some studies show that oregano can stop growth and possibly cause cell death of colon cancer cells.