The spice is indigenous to countries in East Asia and is grown as the flower buds of the tree which is scientifically known as Syzygium aromaticum. It is increasingly being added to western dishes such as roasts and baked goods to give them a dash of warmth.
It Is Antibacterial
Cloves have been widely researched to test their medicinal properties and effects on human-infecting pathogens. As expected, the extract from cloves is enough to do so and proves its antibacterial properties. To be specific, they are highly effective in killing strains of bacteria that cause diseases such as cholera.
Studies show that cloves can act as an effective anti-carcinogenic which is a substance that can protect that body against the growth of cancers by inhibiting them. This was applied specifically to lung cancer, and results showed that cloves stopped the growth completely.
Using cloves in your meals will add a burst of flavor to them and also aid the digestive process by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes. They eliminate gas that collects in the digestive tracts which makes them a good cure for flatulence. They can be used in powder form with honey as a home-treatment for stomach disorders.
Protects The Liver
The liver is an important organ which functions to break down complex substances which are consumed by the body. Cloves are fairly rich in antioxidants which protect the body against the harmful effects of freely roaming radicals. These can take a toll on the body over long periods of time, especially the liver. Cloves protect it against the increase in radical and lipid production which is a result of metabolism.
Regulate Blood Sugar
Cloves have been used as traditional medicine for a variety of illnesses such as diabetes. Patients that suffered from this disease would face the problem of insufficient or no insulin being produced in the body. Cloves seem to imitate the effects of insulin in the body and have the potential in regulating the levels of blood sugar in the body.
Cloves contain certain compounds such as phenylpropanoids which can reduce the harmful effects of mutagens. This anti-mutagenic property possessed by cloves helps in preventing against changes in the genetic makeup of the DNA.
Enhances Immune System
The science of Ayurvedic medicine has described the spice to b effective in developing the immune system of the body. They stimulate the production of white blood cells and lead to better defense against bacterial infections.
Cloves possess a compound called eugenol which has an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies show that its presence is correlated with the reduction of inflammation. Results also show that the compound eugenol can reduce the pain felt by stimulating receptors.
Cloves are beneficial for gum diseases such as gingivitis, and the extracts are effective in inhibiting the growth of pathogens. They also have properties which mimic those of pain-killers so they can be used for toothaches as well.
Cures Respiratory Infection
Ayurvedic medicine shows a wide use of the spice in teas to lessen the symptoms of colds or the flu. It also acts as an expectorant and help is relieving congestion and makes it easier to rid the respiratory tracts of phlegm.