Health Benefits of Cloves
Nature's Top Source of Antioxidants

The abundant health benefits of cloves have been well known for centuries. Cloves have antiseptic and germicidal properties that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems and arthritis pain.

Although most spices are excellent sources of antioxidants, cloves rank as the richest source of them all. Chemical analysis shows that cloves have at least 36 different ingredients, the most important being an essential oil called eugenol. Cloves also contain a variety of flavonoids which contribute to clove's abundant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.



Antioxidant Content of Cloves

Clove's unsurpassed level of antioxidants includes a number of different antioxidant compounds. These include two very well-researched antioxidants, anthocyanins and quercetin.

Some of the compounds found in cloves have also been shown to enhance the activity of two of your body’s own antioxidants, superoxide dismutase and catalase.

ANTIOXIDANT FACT:
Cloves have the distinction
of having the highest antioxidant
activity of any food!

Antioxidants are nutrients that help protect your cells against oxidative stress from free radical damage. Free radicals are highly-reactive oxygen molecules in your cells, created as a byproduct of your metabolism; an excess of free radicals is considered to be the primary cause of many health problems associated with aging.

The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and many more.

Antioxidants work together synergistically, and each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one can't go, and it may neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as important as how much of any one antioxidant you get. See my page on How Do Antioxidants Work? to learn more about this.

Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K and C and omega-3 fatty acids, and a good source of calcium and magnesium. Cloves also have a significant amount of protein, iron, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and hydrochloric acid.

Adding more herbs and spices to your diet greatly increases the variety of antioxidants that you get from your food, and is one of the most effective measures you can take against disease and premature aging.



Specific Health Benefits of Cloves

Cloves have analgesic properties that can be used for treatment of various dental problems like tooth aches. They also boost memory and blood circulation, and are beneficial for the heart, liver and stomach.

Cloves can effectively cure many digestive problems like stomach ulcers, flatulence and dyspepsia, since they stimulate your body's enzymes and boost digestion.

Because of the antiseptic and germicidal benefits of cloves, they help fight infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, arthritic pain and athlete’s foot.

The Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Cloves

Aromatherapists often use clove oil to treat the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. The aromatic clove oil, when inhaled, can help relieve certain respiratory conditions like coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.

An essential oil in cloves called eugenol and other components of clove combine to make clove a mild anaesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent. For these reasons, you'll often find clove oil in natural sore throat sprays and mouth washes.

The Analgesic Benefits of Cloves

The analgesic property of clove oil can be used for treatment of various dental problems like tooth aches. A cotton ball soaked in the clove oil can work wonders on the aching tooth. Clove oil is also used to relieve pain from sore gums and improves overall dental health.

The Antiseptic Benefits of Cloves

Clove and clove oil are antiseptic in nature and work as an effective remedy for some common problems such as cuts, fungal infections, burns, wounds, athlete's foot and bruises. The antiseptic properties of clove oil are why it's a common ingredient in various dental creams, toothpastes, mouth wash, and throat sprays.

Clove and clove oil boost the immune system by purifying the blood and help to fight against various diseases.

The Digestive Health Benefits of Cloves

Cloves can effectively cure many digestive problems. Cloves are known to have medicinal qualities to cure flatulence, loose stools, indigestion and nausea. Cloves are useful in relieving the symptoms of diarrhea, gastric irritability and vomiting.


An Easy Way to Get
the Benefits of Cloves Every Day

Cloves have so many benefits that you'd like to have some every day. However, as with any spice, you may find it hard to include cloves in your meal plans that often. There's any easy way to accomplish this — by making yourself a smoothie every day and adding some cloves to the recipe.

Fresh smoothies make the most nutritious, delicious and easy-to-make meals you could imagine. They're a great way to get more of those "good for you" antioxidant-rich foods (that you may not get enough of) into your diet.

I personally use small amounts of cloves and cinnamon in my smoothie recipes to help give them more antioxidant power. Using small amounts of superfoods and herbs such as cloves gives my smoothie the antioxidant power of 6-9 servings of dark green leafy vegetables — and it tastes nothing like them!

To learn more about the art of making smoothies, skip on over to my page on How to Make a Smoothie the Healthy Way and learn all my tricks for making delicious and nutritious smoothies!

Discover more about cloves and ways to use this beneficial spice at
The World's Healthiest Foods/Cloves

Research indicates that a few spicy meals a week won't get you much of the antioxidant benefits of spices; you must consume larger quantities on a daily basis.




Recommendations for Cloves
and Other Herbs and Spices

If you want to get all of the health benefits of cloves, stay away from typical supermarket brands. Most of them have been irradiated to destroy bacteria and viruses that might be present. Irradiation, however, also destroys vitamins, minerals, proteins and other beneficial micronutrients, and creates more free radicals, just the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish by eating spices.

Starwest Botanicals started as a small retail herb shop in 1975 in Sacramento, California. From the beginning, their focus has been on quality; they source their products directly from around the world and process them in-house with their own herb mill to have more control over the finished product.

The Starwest company actively supports sustainable organic farming; as much as possible, they select ingredients from natural renewable sources and use renewable sources of energy.


Click on any of the following links to get more information on
the health benefits of specific herbs and spices:

basil | cilantro | cinnamon | cayenne | cumin | fennel
fenugreek | garlic | ginger | parsley | oregano | peppermint
rosemary | sage | thyme | turmeric


Health Benefits of Spices

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