The 10 Surprising Health Benefits

1. Rich In Antioxidants: When you think of antioxidants, you probably think of blueberries, dark chocolate, or red wine. But did you know herbs and spices are actually one of the best sources of antioxidants? In fact, in a ranking of the top 100 richest sources of polyphenols and antioxidants, seasonings was the food group that had the most items listed. And cloves ranked number 1, outperforming blueberries with more than 30 times the antioxidant concentration.

2. Reduces Inflammation: Cloves contain a powerful compound called eugenol which works as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This also holds true for clove essential oil, one form of cloves that’s widely available. It can also fight inflammation of the mouth and throat. In a study, clove oil was found to ease the inflammation associated with plaque and gingivitis.

3. Prevents Food Poisoning: Clove oil, specifically its constituent eugenol, has advantages over potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and other chemical food preservatives in terms of antimicrobial activity, safety, and aroma. This makes it worthy of consideration as a substitute food preservative.

4. Reduces stomach ulcers: Also known as peptic ulcers, stomach ulcers are painful sores that form in the lining of the stomach, or esophagus. They’re most commonly caused by reductions in the protective lining of the stomach, which are due to factors like stress, infection, and genetics.

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