Cloves are the dried flower buds of the clove tree Syzygium aromaticum. Available in whole, ground and oil form, cloves is a flavouring agent that is used in a variety of ways across the world.
Cloves have a spicy and pungent taste. It is an aromatic spice; loaded with several nutrients hence it offers several health benefits.
Cloves are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. One teaspoon or 2 gm of ground cloves contains 6 kilocalories, 1.38 gm of carbohydrates, 0.27 gm of total fat, 0.13 gm of protein, 0.7 gm of fiber, and 1.2 mg of manganese. It is an excellent source of fiber and contains trace amounts of magnesium, vitamin E, and calcium.
Possible health Health Benefits of Cloves…
Protects against cancer
1. The chemo-preventive and anti-carcinogenic properties possessed by cloves help protect against cancer.
2. Eugenol present in clove possesses the anti-cancer property, which decreases the risk of esophageal cancer.
3. The antioxidant content of cloves is responsible for fighting against inflammation and protecting against cancer.
4. Clove extracts induce the death of cancer cells and prevent the growth of tumour.
Protects the liver
1. Clove extracts possess hepatoprotective qualities by which it protects the liver. Eugenol, a compound present in cloves enhances liver health.
2. Clove oil and eugenol present in cloves play a major role in enhancing liver function, decreasing inflammation, and reducing oxidative stress.
The hepatic cell proliferation can be restrained due to the ascorbic acid and beta-sitosterol contents of cloves.
3. Cloves reduce oxidative stress and act against liver cirrhosis due to its eugenol-rich fraction. Eugenol also helps in reversing signs of liver cirrhosis or scarring of the liver.
Promotes bone health
1. The phenolic compounds of cloves protect bone strength, mineral content of bone, and bone density.
2. The manganese content of cloves too enhances bone mineral density and formation of bone.
Aids weight loss
1. The natural fatty acid synthesis inhibitors present in the clove decrease body mass thus, aiding in weight loss.
2. The alcohol extracts of clove decrease lipid accumulation in the liver, abdominal fat, and body weight.
Regulates blood sugar levels
1. Nigericin present in clove enhances insulin secretion, glucose tolerance, and the health of insulin-producing cells.
2. Compounds found in clove keep the blood sugar levels in control.
3. Manganese content of the clove helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Improves oral health
1. The eugenol content and the pain-killing properties of clove offers relief from toothache.
2. Clove is beneficial in reducing pain, inflammation, wound healing, and infection.
3. The anti-septic property of cloves decreases diseases of gum like periodontitis and gingivitis.
4. The clove bud extracts help in controlling the growth of oral pathogens, which lead to several oral diseases.
5. The anti-inflammatory property of the clove helps in reducing swelling around an infected tooth.
6. Clove further, defeats foul breath.
Other health Benefits of Cloves…
Clove is also helpful in promoting digestion, treating morning sickness, reducing stress, boosting immunity, reducing joint pain, decreasing cholesterol levels, enhancing sexual health, relieving acidity, curing headaches, improving hair health, reducing stomach ulcers, treating acne, and improving respiratory health.
How to use Cloves?
Cloves can be used in different ways such as,
- As an oil.
- In the tea.
- In Baked Goods.
- In The Smoothies.
- As An Air Freshener.
- As A Natural Cleaner.
- In making bread sauce.
- As a bug and insect repellant.
- As a garnish in rice preparations.
- For seasoning of broths and soups.
- Added to curries, desserts, and pork dishes.
How to make clove tea?
Take 1 tablespoon of whole cloves and grind it.
Add a cup of water in a pan, then add the cloves and bring it to boil.
Allow it to steep for 3-4 minutes.
Let it cool, strain, and serve.
Mix a teaspoon of honey to make the tea sweeter.