Why Carvacrol is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
For overall health there is nothing superior to a high-quality wild oregano oil. This is especially true if the wild oregano is a true whole food extract. Regardless, any whole food supplement is superior to the refined or altered extract. Studies at Georgetown University have proven that whole food extracts of wild oregano in the form of oil of wild oregano are twice as powerful as synthetically produced versions. In this case in testing on lab mice the synthetic compound, carvacrol, one of the key active ingredients in oregano proved noxious as a sole ingredient on the mice’s health. In contrast, the whole food form, the pure, unadulterated wild oregano oil with some 30 active ingredients, proved health giving and health-reviving. In yet other studies carvacrol alone proved only have as effective as the whole, God-given complex. This demonstrates that it is the blend of all the natural ingredients in this wild, potent spice extract that accounts for its powers rather than a single, prominent ingredient.
Yet, people seem to be waging a war about active ingredient levels: a carvacrol war. As it turns out in thorough lab analysis of some 30 oregano brands some 2/3 of the high-carvacrol brands had a suspicious profile. That profile is one of genetically engineered oregano. This GMO is made by injecting the stalks of the wild oregano plants with noxious bacterial protein to force it to make high levels of carvacrol.
Regarding wild oregano oil complex versus carvacrol alone the study by North American Herb & Spice (NAHS or NAHS Therapy). The wild oregano used in the study was derived from mountain-grown wild material growing as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. This grade of wild oregano is actually naturally high in carvacrol, containing between 63% and 79%. Despite this, carvacrol is not the sole focus. There is synergy in all the active ingredients, and this altered when the end product is corrupted through the addition of synthetic carvacrol. For this reason any claim of 85% of more carvacrol is suspect, as this is rare in wild nature.
The focus should be on the true wild oregano complex extracted from mountain-grown plants growing in the pristine Mediterranean wilderness. Here, it is picked by hand, carefully dried, and then transported for extraction. The extraction is via pure steam; no chemicals are used.
There is yet another critical issue, again, more critical than carvacrol claims. This is the issue of thymol. While carvacrol is non-toxic, thymol has a high degree of toxicity. Ideally, the levels should be less than 2%. With NAHS oregano, every batch is tested for thymol levels. This is not the case with other brands. Independent testing has determined thymol levels of up to 40%. This degree of thymol is highly poisonous to the heart and liver. This is never the case with NAHS’ Oreganol P73, which has a proven thymol level of less than 2% and is usually less than 1%. Only the Oreganol P73 offers this degree of quality control. Each batch is carefully analyzed to ensure that the oil is low in thymol and also p-cymene, another potentially harmful constitute of plant oils. High p-cymene levels can also be an indication of adulteration.
There is another reason why relying on carvacrol levels is fraudulent. This relates to standardization. There is no standardized wild oregano in nature. Each batch is different in the levels of active ingredients, including carvacrol. Those oil of oregano supplements that claim to be standardized are particularly suspect, as there is no way to do this: that is without adding synthetic carvacrol.
In addition, certain oregano oils are heavily refined, through a process called fractionation. This process causes the oil to become potentially toxic. There are a number of oils on the market which are fractionated. In this process fractions of the oil are depleted. Then these fractions are sold separately. These oils are obvious because they lack the robust oregano-like smell, which is found in the true high-mountain blends such as P73 Oreganol. Thus, Oreganol P73 is the only truly whole food, wild oregano extract available. Other excellent brands using the same raw material are Vitamin Shoppe and Vivitas.
In contrast, whole food oregano oil, wild-source and naturally low in thymol and p-cymene, is entirely safe for human consumption. It may be consumed daily. Plus, it is extremely potent. The blending of wild oregano oils increases the potency. Furthermore, the oil must be derived exclusively from the edible species grown in the high and remote Mediterranean mountains. This is precisely the type of oil used by NAHS. For the top oregano supplement, which is 100% wild and non-GMO and which has been the basis of numerous scientific studies, use only North American Herb & Spice’s Oreganol P73. It’s the original one, the innovation. Quality control is extreme with NAHS’s own factory extraction in the Mediterranean.
The testimonies are clear. In fact, the rewards are in the results, and that’s NAHS’ wild, whole food guarantee.