Cloves are probably one of the most versatile spices because it can be used in all types of foods as flavoring or as a regular ingredient. It has a sweet/spicy taste to it and either one of these qualities can be enhanced depending on what the cloves are mixed with. Adding it to cakes, pastries or breads will bring out more of the sweet flavor, while adding it to water or tea brings out more of its’ spicy quality.
Cloves may help fight cancer by causing cancer cells to kill themselves. One study showed that cloves were very effective at destroying prostate, breast, HeLa cervical cancer cells and esophageal cancer cells. It can help kill some microbes like E coli. It can also kill microbes, fungi or bacteria in your gut that may make you sick.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC)
Of all the foods tested by the Untied States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for antioxidant content, cloves had the highest ORAC scores. This means that cloves contain more antioxidants than all other foods per 100 grams. However, this does not mean we should start eating cloves everyday. Rather, we should start incorporating it more into our diets. The key compound in cloves is eugenol, which is also responsible for its pleasing aroma. This is what produces the numbing effect on your tongue when you chew on one. It can be used to treat toothaches, sore throats and gum pain. They can also help with asthma symptoms and some of the effects of bronchitis and help with sore throats. It can also help fight off cold and flu bugs if you chew some once the symptoms start to show.
Eat about 1 teaspoon of cloves per day. One of the best ways to do this is to drop a few cloves in your cup of tea or when you are boiling the water. You can also add a small piece of Cinnamon to get even more health benefits. It smells great too.