Cloves are the dry, unopened, spike-shaped fragrant flower buds of the evergreen tree Syzygium aromaticum. Cloves Popularly known as ‘laung’ in Hindi, cloves are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are mostly used as a spice. The name “clove” is derived from the Latin word for keel, clavus (due to its shape). Cloves offer some surprising health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, it helps protect against cancer, it can kill bacteria, it can improve liver health, and it also helps control blood sugar and many other things.
Here are five amazing health benefits of eating cloves:
1) Reduces ulcers
One study suggests that cloves may help protect your stomach from ulcers. Usually most ulcers are caused by thinning of the mucus layers. Clove thickens mucus and clove oil can increase gastric mucus production and reduce the risk of developing ulcers.
2) Prevents cancer
According to some studies, eating more cloves is a good option to stay safe from cancer. Clove contains eugenol which has strong anticarcinogenic properties and helps prevent lung cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer at an early stage.
3) Relieves toothache
According to a study by the American Dental Association, clove oil has been approved as a dental anesthetic. It can be a good idea to use a clove toothpaste to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This is due to its bactericidal properties.
4) Improves liver function
We are fortunate that cloves have so many health benefits for the liver! One of the health benefits of cloves is helping to reduce the symptoms of liver cirrhosis and fatty liver disease. Liver is an important part of our body; It breaks down fat and produces energy for the rest of the body to use.
5) Boosts the Immune System
Cloves contain many compounds with immense antioxidant properties like vitamin C, vitamin E, eugenol, flavonoids and gallic acid. If you consume cloves daily, it will boost your immunity and eliminate harmful free radicals from the body.
You can easily add cloves to many dishes. You can add cloves to flavor curries, season meats, rich sauces and even spicy baked goods; You can also add cloves to make a soothing cup of tea.