Oregano Oil for Depression

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Oregano Oil for Depression
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In November 2010 I explained how researchers had demonstrated that oregano could boost dopamine levels, in turn helping a person have a better mood and motivational drive. A new study along these same lines has found that oregano can boost serotonin levels as well. Low serotonin and dopamine are two common findings in individuals struggling with mood.

Oregano was actually shown to act on three key neurotransmitter systems (serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline). It was found to inhibit reuptake of these neurotransmiiters, thereby leaving more of them available in nerve synapses for better nerve transmission. In this animal study not only was the neurotransmiiter status boosted, but there was also direct behavioral improvement demonstrating the anti-depressant effect.

The researchers concluded that oregano “may be effective in enhancing mental well-being in humans.” Oregano is a powerful natural immune support compound with a mood enhancing twist.

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