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. 2017 Jun 14;22(6):989.
doi: 10.3390/molecules22060989.

Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity Beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties

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Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity Beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties

Nayely Leyva-López et al. Molecules. .
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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.

Keywords: anti-inflammatory; antidiabetic; antioxidant; oregano species; terpenoids.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Some of the major constituents of the essential oils of oregano.

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