While most of us know it as the tasty herb in pasta sauces and on top of pizza, a group of scientists at Long Island University has now begun to test the oregano's effectiveness at treating prostate cancer. According to RedOrbit.com, the researchers are currently testing a substance derived from oregano called carvacrol, which could cause cell death in prostate cancer cells.
“We know that oregano possesses anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, but its effects on cancer cells really elevate the spice to the level of a super-spice like turmeric,” Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, assistant professor of pharmacology at LIU's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences told the news source.
While scientists aren't recommending men to go out and start downing copious amounts of pizza, incorporating the ingredient in their foods could be a wise choice. Fresh oregano is a wonderful source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, fiber and calcium, according to EMaxHealth.com.
If you're worried about your risk of prostate cancer, taking a regular vitamin supplement can help to reduce your chances of developing the disease. Clinician's Choice Prostate Guardian is formulated with selenium, lycopene and natural Vitamin E to support normal prostate size.