Discover the health benefits of Cloves……
Clove is an aromatic spice used in cuisines around the world. It is the dried bud of an evergreen tree also called clavero, which is native to Indonesia.
Its scientific name is Syzygium aromaticum which comes from the Greek word syzygos – “united” and from the Latin aromaticum which means “aromatic”.
Its common name – nail – derives from its resemblance in shape to small, rusty wooden or metal nails.
Traces of clove use have been found in Syria dating back to 1721 BC.
Its commercialization in the Middle Ages was mainly thanks to the Arabs and later to the Portuguese, who expanded its distribution in Europe, ranking as one of the most valued spices. Its value became such that one kilogram of cloves was the equivalent of 7 grams of gold.
The spice is composed of the flower buds of the clavero tree.
The optimal time for harvest is when the buds acquire a bright red color and measure between 1.5 and 2 cm, to later let them dry in the sun, a process that gives them their dark brown color and strong aroma.
What nutrients and benefits does it provide?
Its particular flavor is recognized as spicy, astringent, burning, with a bitter touch.
Cloves have been used for thousands of years as a remedy for various health problems. For example, clove can help relieve cold and flu symptoms, such as headaches, chills, and fever, as it is a natural antiseptic, antipyretic, and pain reliever.
It has also been reported that it can work as a stimulant, having a scent with a toning effect on the body that improves the feeling of fatigue.
It has also been reported that, due to its disinfectant properties, it is used to maintain oral health, treat sores, bad breath, and reduce toothache.
It is also very useful for the digestive system, as it reduces nausea and reduces the discomfort associated with the production of gases in the digestive process. It also reduces pain caused by colic, being a natural antispasmodic.
Clove is a source of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids.
It has tannins, mucilages, sitosterol, chromones, stigmaterol, resins, cellulose, and oleanolic acid, among others, natural combinations that give it antibacterial, analgesic, aphrodisiac, analgesic, antispasmodic and stimulant properties.
For people with diabetes, cloves can help lower blood sugar levels, thanks to the flavonoids it contains.
In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, as well as anticoagulant qualities, making it beneficial for people with cardiovascular problems.
It also promotes the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, this improves peristalsis or the mobilization of the food bolus in the digestive system.
How is it recommended to consume it?
Since cloves have an extremely strong flavor, they are used whole or ground in cooking, but in small quantities.
In addition to its culinary use, it is commonly used to relieve toothache, as it contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic.
They also have other uses in Ayurvedic medicine, Western herbalism, and dentistry.
Another use for cloves since the 4th century BC is to chew them to improve breath.
Since it contains eugenol, a substance that can become toxic in excess, it is recommended to consume cloves in small quantities and take special care with its consumption in children under two years of age.