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Cloves- Nature's Tooth and Gum healer; used for centuries for toothache, freshen breath, mouth and gum infections and more. Cloves are a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, NF-kB regulator.. Cloves may help to prevent or treat Bad Breath, Blood Clots, Cancer, Cold sores, Denture problems, food poisoning, genital herpes, Gum diseases, Hepatitis C, Mosquito bites, Toothache Ulcers and more. They contain kaempferol and may be beneficial especially to women; human studies have shown the kaempferol intake reduced ovarian cancer risk.
Chemo-preventive Properties
Cloves are of interest to the medical community due to their chemo-preventive or anti-carcinogenic properties. A study published in the Oxford Journal: Carcinogenesis has shown that they are helpful in controlling lung cancer at its early stages. Research suggests that oleanolic acid present in cloves causes antitumor activity and another study showed that eugenol found in cloves has anticancer potential against cervical cancer.
Liver Protection
Cloves contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are ideal for protecting the organs from the effects of free radicals, especially the liver. Metabolism, in the long run, increases free radical production and lipid profile, while decreasing the antioxidants in the liver. Clove extracts are helpful in counteracting these effects with its hepatoprotective properties.

Diabetes Control
Cloves have been used in many traditional remedies for a number of diseases. One such disease is diabetes. In patients suffering from diabetes, the amount of insulin produced by the body is either insufficient, or it is not produced at all. Extracts from cloves imitate insulin in certain ways and help in controlling blood sugar levels. This is confirmed in a study by Dr. Ratna Chakraborty Prasad et al., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville.

Bone Preservation
The hydro-alcoholic extracts of cloves include phenolic compounds such as eugenol and its derivatives, such as flavones, isoflavones, and flavonoids. These extracts have been particularly helpful in preserving bone density and the mineral content of bone, as well as increasing tensile strength of bones in case of osteoporosis.
Anti-mutagenic Properties
Mutagens are those chemicals that change the genetic makeup of the DNA by causing mutations. Biochemical compounds found in cloves, like phenylpropanoids, possess anti-mutagenic properties, says a study cited in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. These were administered to cells treated with mutagens and they were able to control the mutagenic effects to a significant rate.

Immunity Booster
Ayurveda describes certain plants to be effective in developing and protecting the immune system. One such plant is clove. The dried flower bud of clove contains compounds that help in improving the immune system by increasing the white blood cell count, thereby, improving delayed-type hypersensitivity.

Interesting Fact:
Cloves and others have a bloody history. At the height of the spice wars in 1605 the Dutch took possession of the Moluccas or “Spice Islands” which started a nearly 200 year stranglehold on Cloves. In the early 1800’s a Frenchman named Pierre Poivre (Peter Pepper) the Peter Piper of Nursery rhyme fame- managed to smuggle flowering clove buds off the island. He then took the buds to the French West Indies in the Caribbean; from there it was spread to the right climates.
As a culinary ingredient it’s used from India, to China, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the US. It’s used in Savory and Sweet.
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