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Oregano Science

  • Substantial improvements were shown in the digestive capabilities and overall gut health of chickens fed Origanum minutiflorum.
  • The digestive enzyme activities, in both the pancreas and small intestine, significantly increased in chickens fed Origanum minutiflorum.
  • It was shown that Origanum minutiflorum essential oil may provide a progressive effect on the "quality of the intestines, secretion of digestive enzymes, and particularly the antioxidant defense potential against parasitic infections."
  • Higher, longer and wider villi, as well as decreased crypt depth were observed in the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum areas of the intestines, "providing a greater surface area for nutrient digestion and absorption."
  • These improvements contributed to "increased mucosal enzymes, absorption, and the efficiency of the nutrient transport system."
  • Origanum minutiflorum helped to establish "microbial balance throughout the intestines, enhanced nutrient utilization and gut passage rates (motility), as well as encouraged endogenous digestive enzymatic activity", resulting in an overall "increased intestinal absorptive surface area."1)
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  • Impaired digestion produces symptoms including: Gas, bloating, cramps, constipation and diarrhea.
  • Enzymes are needed to facilitate the digestive process.
  • Inadequate fat digestion can lead to not only digestive and bowel symptoms, but irregularities of the skin, accumulation of fat in the arteries, abnormal cholesterol, heart, liver and kidney disease, and diabetes, to name a few.
  • Undigested carbohydrates and proteins ferment and putrefy (rot) in the gut, resulting in obnoxious gas and bloating, among other symptoms.
  • Fermentation and putrefaction from improperly digested foodstuff contribute to microbial imbalance in the gut, and the many conditions and diseases that spawn from that imbalance.
  • Origanum minutiflorum was shown to naturally increase the body's endogenous digestive enzyme production of lipase (fat enzyme), Chymotrypsin (protein enzyme) and amylase (starch enzyme), contributing to an overall improvement in intestinal health.
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