Pizza as a Cure to Norovirus

One of pizza’s many benefits is to satisfy ones empty stomach. Eating more could just give a positive payback for a person’s health.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology reports that carvacol, a chemical found in oregano, breaks down a virus called norovirus in mice from a research conducted at the University of Arizona.
During the press release, Dr. Kelly Bright said that carvacol could be used as a food sanitizer and possibly, as a surface sanitizer. The lead researcher also added that they still have some work to do to assess its potential but carvacol has a unique way of attacking the virus, which makes it an interesting prospect.

The intoxicating virus’ protein layers are broken down by the chemical carvacol and could be completely eliminated by another antimicrobial.

The chemical that gives oregano its unique taste is being lauded by researchers for its odorless property which makes it a suitable sanitizer for various public infrastructures.

In 2012, researchers from Long Island University found another use for oregano. They discovered that oregano could be used as treatment to prostate cancer. Researchers used carvacol to provoke the cells to commit suicide elevating the status of oregano as a super spice.


Dr. Supriya Bavadekar said in a press release that eating pizza, according to a few researchers, may reduce the risk of having cancer and this is highly attributed to a substance in tomato sauce called lycopene. The Long Island University assistant professor of pharmacology added that they feel that even oregano seasoning may play a role.
Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM