Clove Health Benefits: 4 Powerful Perks Of The Antioxidant-Packed Spice
Beyond putting the 'spice' in pumpkin spice, clove's autumnal flavor packs a surprisingly healthy punch. Made from the dried flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree and commonly used in Ayurvedic tradition, clove has applications outside the kitchen and café, too.
The health benefits of clove.
Clove's medicinal properties have been known for centuries, and now, modern science is backing some of those perks. Whether you eat it whole, ground, or as an oil extract, here are the top benefits of using clove:
1. It’s good for bone health.
2. It can temporarily treat a toothache.
3. It may help balance blood sugar.
In another preliminary trial published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2019, healthy adults who supplemented with a clove extract saw that it helped them maintain balanced blood glucose levels. Researchers believe this may be due to its manganese, which plays a role in insulin production.
4. It's rich in antioxidants.
Dosage and Safety.
When used for culinary purposes, clove is generally safe to consume. However, it should be used sparingly, as its potent flavor can overwhelm a dish. Also, note that if you are cooking with whole cloves, they should be removed before serving.
Some of our favorite clove-filled recipes include chai-spiced energy balls and turmeric apple cider vinegar shots.
In essential oils:
The bottom line:
Clove's aromatics impart a spicy warmth to both sweet and savory dishes. And from blood sugar balancing to pain relief, there are lots of reasons to add an extra dash of the spice to your cooking.
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By: Darcy McDonough, M.S.