Oregano Oil May Improve Motivation
Friday, November 05, 2010
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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A new animal study regarding oregano oil and depression1 produced some very interesting results. Scientists not only documented antidepressant effects of carvacrol, the active component of oregano oil, but they proved it worked by influencing dopamine nerve transmission. Dopamine is responsible for motivation and drive.
Oregano oil is typically thought of as a nutrient with direct anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Earlier this year I reported on the fact that oregano can improve cellular tolerance to stress and thereby reduce arthritis by improving immune function. This new study further broadens the potential usefulness of this traditional herb.
When brain dopamine levels are high enough you feel sustained motivation and a desire for accomplishment. When they drop low they create “brain pain” and a desire for a quick fix to feel better, leading to just about every possible addiction known. This means oregano oil has likely usefulness as a tool to help overcome cravings and addictions.
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