In the search for foods with high antioxidant value and associated health promoting properties, cloves come out on the top of the list. Antioxidants-for-Health-and-Longevity notes that although most spices are great sources of antioxidants, cloves actually rank as the richest source of them all. The enormous health benefits of cloves have been well known for centuries. Doctors Health Press reported on Nov. 4, 2013 on many reasons to love cloves.
Cloves are very popular added to cakes and cookies during the holiday season. Cloves can also be added to many meals. The aromatic taste of cloves offers a hint to the health benefits of eating the spice. In Traditional Chinese Medicine cloves have been used for thousands of years to treat various health conditions, including cancer and to ease respiratory symptoms. Cloves have also been used as an aphrodisiac.
Cloves is an excellent healing spice because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and K, calcium, manganese, and magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, eugenol, and antioxidants. All of these nutrients have positive effects on your health. Manganese in particular holds specific significance because it is needed to activate key enzymes in the body. Manganese also plays an important role in fat metabolism. Furthermore, manganese has a stabilizing effect on the nervous system and can therefore help to prevent depression and anxiety symptoms.
The active ingredient called eugenol, which is found in cloves, has been shown to help in the fight against the type of cellular damage which can lead to cancer. Eugenol is also helpful with infectious bacteria, and so cloves help with the treatment of cold and flu symptoms. Toothpastes often have cloves in them because of its ability to eliminate harmful bacteria and fungus. Cloves are a really great tasty spice that may benefit your overall well being.