Welcome back to our series of articles as we deep dive into the individual ingredients that make up the TurmeriX® blend. Each ingredient was chosen to be part of the blend for its unique individual properties and for its complementary synergy when mixed with other powerful natural ingredients. One ingredient on its own cannot do it all, but when taken together that is where the effectiveness happens!
This week our in-depth look is at Cloves!
Cloves are a popular spice that has been used in cooking and traditional medicine for many years.
So… What are Cloves?
Recently, scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits. Cloves are known to be an excellent source of manganese, vitamin K, iron, fiber, magnesium, and calcium.
Cloves are brown, dried flower buds from the clove tree. The clove tree is an evergreen with large leaves and crimson flowers grouped in terminal clusters. The flower buds initially have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Indonesia produces most of the cloves – about 75 percent of the world’s total.
Cloves as an Antioxidant
Researchers have identified cloves as an excellent antioxidant spice, due to the fact they contain high levels of phenolic compounds. "Out of the five antioxidant properties tested, cloves had the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation well, and was the best iron reducer", says Juana Fernández-López, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at the UMH.
Cloves as an Antimicrobial Compound
Numerous reports show that clove oil and its main active component eugenol have beneficial effects on few pathogenic bacteria such as Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Salmonella species, Bacteroides fragilis. Therefore, the antibacterial properties of cloves may help with oral health, food poisoning or lung infection.
Cloves as a Blood Sugar Reducer
Previous studies on mice have identified that clove (Syzygium aromaticum flower buds) may play a role in helping to manage blood sugar levels. The clove extract and its compound – nigericin - might help increase glucose tolerance and decrease insulin resistance. The results of this research tend to show how clove extracts have the potential to be a therapeutic agent assisting our body to maintain a steadier blood glucose levels thanks to its actions on free fatty acid-mediated. More recently, a pilot study indicated that clove extract could lower blood glucose levels in healthy and prediabetic volunteers.
Cloves for Bone Health
Extract of cloves, and its compound eugenol, have been shown for helping in bone-preserving efficacy against osteoporosis. Moreover, cloves are rich in a mineral called manganese. This mineral, along with regular exercise is important for a good bone health.
Combined with a good balanced lifestyle and diet, incorporating cloves in your daily routine might help you staying in better health. Thanks to its amazing properties clove is a perfect spice to be included in our wonderful TurmeriX® blend.
Check out our next article and discover Aniseed; another ingredient in your TurmeriX® blend!