Cloves are a spice traditionally used in Asian & Indian cuisine. It’s somewhat minty and somewhat spicy (almost hot) taste and aroma spice up any dish. It’s one of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) rich foods on the planet and can be consumed in a variety of ways to benefit health and well-being.
Personally I love the taste and can enjoy the clove taste all by itself without any other foods. It’s such a rich nutritionally rich spice that once you understand the health benefits you may enjoy it all by itself too!
Cloves have been used in both Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese Medicine. In Ayurveda they used it for tooth decay, halitosis, and bad breath. In Chinese Medicine they used as an aphrodisiac. The clove is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc. They are also rich in vitamins such as vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Each of these vitamins and minerals play important roles in health and vitality in the human body.
Beyond the vitamins and minerals cloves are also rich in bioactive plant compounds such as flavonoids, hexane, methylene chloride, ethanol, thymol, eugenol, and benzene. Like the vitamins and minerals in cloves, ach of these compounds play a different role in health and vitality of the human body such as acting as an antioxidant, natural antibiotic and Liver protecting properties.
Here are multiple reasons to add cloves to your food or drinks more often:
Cloves aid digestion: Cloves improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes. They are also good for reducing flatulence and gastric irritability as well as Nausea. Cloves can be roasted, powdered, and taken with honey for help in relief with digestive disorders.
Cloves help to protect the Liver because of their large and rich profile of Antioxidants, it also helps the metabolism as well.
Skip the pharmacy if you are preventing or treating a bacterial infection. Clove is a strong natural antibiotic, they’ve have been tested for their antibacterial value against more than a few human pathogens and the extracts of cloves were potent enough to kill these pathogens. Clove extracts are also effective against the specific bacteria that spreads cholera.
Certain studies have shown that cloves have anti-carcinogenic properties and help to control caners in their early stages. Both Lung & Colon cancer were benefited by cloves. This is a good enough reason alone to include them in your diet more often. But wait, there’s more! In other studies the growth of the breast cancer cells, ovarian cancer cells, liver cancer were all prevented by clove extract. Additionally the extract did not harm or hinder the healthy cells in any way.
Cloves also help to control diabetes by controlling insulin. Clove helps to mimic insulin in the human body in order to help control blood sugar levels. When a diabetic cannot utilize the insulin hormone anymore, maybe cloves are worth trying.
Cloves also help to preserve bones, the teeth, boost immunity, destroy mutagenic cells, and much more.
Cloves help to reduce pain and inflammation because of their anti-inflammatory properties. The Eugenol in cloves helps to reduce pain by stimulating pain receptors in the body, making them more active and alert. If you have arthritis, or any pain or inflammation in the body it’s worth trying clove or clove extract or clove essential oil.
Cloves can also be used to reduce or even remove headaches. Simply mix clove water with himalayan salt and drink up. The circulation boosting effect and minerals can help to ease tension and stress associated with headaches which can remedy the actual headache.
Personally, I take cloves and add about 15 of them to a glass water bottle full of water, shake it up and let it sit for 24-48 hours. This clove water is antioxidant rich, mineral rich and helps your teeth stay healthy as well as freshen your breath.
You can also use certified pure therapeutic grade clove essential oil internally or topically to reduce pain and inflammation.
Resources: Organic Cloves, Clove Essential Oil