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Health Benefits of Cloves

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Cloves are Middle Eastern in origin and have been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for their purported aphrodisiac powers as well as their potential to relieve headaches and indigestion. Cloves are thought to have soothing, calming, and cleansing properties, and they may be used in many ways, including cooking, extracting, and making herbal tea and essential oils.

Cloves are full of antioxidants, especially eugenol, a phenolic compound that may minimize oxidative stress. This compound is used in clove bud oil at a concentration of 80-90 percent and clove leaf oil at a concentration of 82-88 percent.

Flavonoids, benzene, thymol, and methylene chloride are some of the bioactive chemicals isolated from clove extracts.

According to studies, eugenol's potential to combat free radical damage may help protect against the emergence of chronic diseases and encourage healthy aging.

Fights Infections

Due to its antimicrobial properties, ability to fight inflammation, and antioxidant properties, eugenol serves as a natural germicide. This makes it comparable to raw garlic that contains compounds such as allicin, which inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Cloves often include other chemicals that have similar effects; for instance, cloves may help inhibit the spread of some infectious bacteria that may cause infections and diseases in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract.

Clove oil and extract are used in food storage since they may help regulate the development of bacteria such as salmonella, pseudomonas aeruginosa, listeria, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. These bacteria may cause food poisoning.

Provides Pain Relief

Because of its anti-inflammatory and inherent analgesic qualities, clove has been used in dentistry for a long time. It also contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

It may relieve skin breakouts, toothaches, headaches, and other symptoms by dulling aches, reducing swelling, and providing pain relief. It may also help prevent plaque buildup on teeth, which may lead to painful cavities.

May Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Clove extract, which is abundant in polyphenolic compounds that promote metabolic health, has been found to help adults retain normal blood sugar levels.

Clove extract was shown to reduce blood glucose levels in healthy and pre-diabetic participants in a pilot study. Clove essential oils, which are abundant in acetyl eugenol and eugenol, help modulate glucose homeostasis processes, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Promotes Digestive Health

Cloves produce substances that have been proven to defend against the development of stomach ulcers, such as growing gastric mucus output, and tend to discourage stomach-lining degradation. Clove has been shown in at least one report to have comparable results to many anti-ulcer drugs.

Clove extract may also help maintain stable liver function by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, eventually preventing liver injury and scarring.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

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