Move over, paprika. Back up, thyme. You’re only good for flavor. But
an extract of oregano has been found to have antifungal effects,
particularly against Candida albicans, which causes thrush and vaginal yeast infections in many PWAs.
In a study at a clinic in Auburn, Washington, nine out of 10 participants (all HIV negative) had their Candida
overgrowth dramatically reduced with oregano extract. One or two
tablets of Biotics ADP, available at health-food stores and some buyers
clubs, were taken after meals four times per day for one month. (No
other antifungals were used, nor were any dietary changes made.) there
were no side effects reported, while all participants reported
improvement of symptoms, including more energy and appetite, and less
PWA Sarah Mason of Chicago says: "Who knew the same herb I throw on
my pizza could also zap my yeast infection? A few tablets with each meal
has eliminated my need for fluconazole [Diflucan] to treat my recurrent
yeast problems." And because of the danger that resistance can develop
with long-term use of antifungal drugs, substituting oregano extract
might preserve the effectiveness of those drugs for more serious
infections. Plus, compared to the cost of the drugs, oregano extract
comes cheap at $18 for 60 tabs, less at buyers clubs.
Looks like there’s more wisdom in Italian cuisine than we knew.