You may have heard of binging on pizza as a cause of stomach distress, but how about a a cure?
Researchers found that a chemical in oregano called carvacrol causes norovirus to break down in mice, according to a study published today in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
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"Carvacrol could potentially be used as a food sanitizer and possibly as a surface sanitizer, particularly in conjunction with other antimicrobials," Dr. Kelly Bright, who led the research at the University of Arizona said in a press release. "We have some work to do to assess its potential but carvacrol has a unique way of attacking the virus, which makes it an interesting prospect."
Carvacrol, which gives oregano its distinctive flavor, caused the layer of proteins surrounding the vomit-inducing virus to break down. Another antimicrobial would then be able to get into the virus and kill it.
Since carvacrol doesn't produce any noxious fumes or by-products, it has good potential to be used in sanitizers for schools or hospitals, the researchers noted.