WHAT ARE CLOVES
Cloves are a popular herb found in most African Countries.
Cloves are gotten from the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen plant and it is available all year round.
Cloves are small and shaped like nails and they are popular potent home remedies for treating many ailments due to their powerful therapeutic effects.
Cloves are best known for having a very strong and sweet pungent flavor and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine
COOKING WITH CLOVES
Cloves can be found in both whole and ground forms, this spice can be used to season soup, sauces or stews and add flavors to meat and beverages, and bring spicy warmth to cookies and cakes. It can also be taken as tea.
Whole cloves are either removed before serving or picked out of the dish.
A teaspoon of clove is estimated to contain a good amount of vitamin C, and K; fiber, magnesium, sodium, manganese, potassium, iron, iodine, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and other important and vital minerals that the body needs for optimum growth and development.
Studies have shown that cloves have several health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping stabilize blood sugar levels.
Cloves are often used along with cinnamon and nutmeg in sweet dishes.
This herb is rich in many powerful compounds and healing phytochemicals, there are at least 36 different active compounds and the most active is eugenol; it has lots of health benefits despite their tiny shapes.
The oil extracted from cloves is used for medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Cloves
1. Cloves have long been used in home remedies to treat toothache pain, because they are also good pain killers.
2. The eugenol that provides the flavor of cloves is also a pain-reliever and can help relieve inflammation, studies have shown.
3. Cloves help to manage diabetes because their extracts imitate insulin in some ways. They help control blood sugar levels. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study that found cloves to have a beneficial effect on diabetes.
4. Cloves protect the liver since it contain high amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants are good for protecting organs like the liver from the effects of free radicals.
5. Cloves are an effective purgative.
6. Cloves have antibacterial properties to fight against several human pathogens. The extracts of cloves are strong enough to kill those pathogens.
7. Cloves can be fried and used to stop vomiting.
8. Cloves can be used to boost digestion and control gastrointestinal irritation.
9. Clove promotes bone preservation. Studies have shown that hydro-alcoholic extracts in cloves contain phenolic compounds like eugenol, and its derivatives, such as flavones, isoflavones, and flavonoids. These help in preserving bone density and the mineral content of bone.
10. Cloves can be used to reduce gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
11. Cloves bud extracts can control the growth of oral pathogens responsible for various oral diseases.
12. The dried flower bud of clove contains compounds that help improve the immune system.
13. Cloves increase the white blood cell count, and so, improve delayed-type hypersensitivity.
14. A paste of cloves with rock salt and milk does the magic for headaches and also, it is quick and effective.
15. Cloves and nutmeg are some of the few spices known to have aphrodisiac properties. These spices have been tested and administered for that purpose and the results proved positive.
16. Cloves for tooth decay, halitosis, and bad breath.
17. Ground cloves are traditionally applied to minor cuts for healing purposes
18. Cloves tea is a popular warm beverage to relieve congestion.
19. Clove oil helps to reduce stretch marks.
20. Clove also helps stabilize your blood sugar levels.
21. Cloves are great to clear acne and blemishes. To do that, make a paste with cloves, a little bit of honey, and a drop of lime. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off for glowing skin.
Sources or References
Barboza JN, da Silva Maia Bezerra Filho C, Silva RO, Medeiros JVR, de Sousa DP. An overview on the anti-inflammatory potential and antioxidant profile of eugenol. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. 2018;2018:1-9. doi:10.1155/2018/3957262
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