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Monday, December 14, 2009

Health Benefits of Cloves

The clove (Eugenia aromatica) is a pink flower bud
of the clove tree that turns brown when dried.

Cloves have a warm, sweet, and aromatic flavor and
 an oily compound that is vital to their medicinal and
nutritional properties.

Cloves are indigenous to the Moluccas volcanic
islands of Indonesia previously known as the Spice Islands.

Today Zanzibar is the largest producer of clove and are
also grown commercially in the West Indies, Brazil, Pemba,
 Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and India.

Health Benefits of Cloves

  • Nutrients
    Cloves (Eugenia aromatica) are an excellen
    t source of manganese. They are a very good
    source of vitamin C, K, and dietary fiber. They
    are a good source of calcium and magnesium.

  • Anti Fungal
    Eugenol is a chemical compound extracted from
     the essential oil of cloves and other spices. Eugenol
     has been shown to be an effective natural 
    anti fungal against the T. mentagrophytes and
     M. canis dermatophytes (tinia or ringworm),
    and although tea tree oil is a more effective anti fungal,
     a combination of tea tree oil and eugenol was 
    found to be more effective. Tests have also
    demonstrated that essential oil of cloves to be
    effective against Candida albicans.

  • Anesthetic and Analgesic
    Eugenol is the principal chemical component of clove oil
     and is used in dentistry due to itsanalgesic, 
    local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and 
    antibacterial effects. It is used in the form of a
    paste or mixture as dental cement, filler, and restorative material.

    , another component of clove oil,
     has also been shown to exhibit local anesthetic activity.

    Cloves can be used in relieving a toothache by placing
     a single clove on the aching tooth. Clove oil can also 
    be used by soaking in some cotton wool and then
     placing the cotton wool on the aching tooth.

  • Aphrodisiac
    Extract of clove has been shown to enhance the
    sexual behavior of male mice. The results of the
    study resulted in a significant and sustained
     increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats,
     without any adverse effects. The results seem to
     support the claims for its traditional usage as an

  • Mosquito Repellant
    The natural oil of clove is a natural mosquito
    repellant and can give protection against
    mosquitoes for 4-5 hours.

  • Cancer
    Preliminary studies have suggested the
    chemopreventive potential of clove for lung cancer,
     and to delay and reduce the formation of skin cancer.

  • Cardiovascular Health
    The compound eugenol from cloves has been found
     to be a potent platelet inhibitor (prevents blood clots).

Nutrient Values of Ground Cloves per 100g
Energy Value
Total Fat
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin C

Vitamin E
Vit. B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B6
Vit. B1 (Thiamin)
Vit. B2 (Riboflavin)
 1. Allergic reactions to clove and eugenol have been reported.
2. Clove supplements should be avoided in children and pregnant or nursing women.
1. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno.
2. Benders' Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology.
3. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
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5. Park MJ, Gwak KS, Yang I, Choi WS, Jo HJ, Chang JW, Jeung EB, Choi IG. Antifungal activities of the essential oils in Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. Et Perry and Leptospermum petersonii Bailey and their constituents against various dermatophytes. J Microbiol. 2007 Oct;45(5):460-5. PMID: 17978807.
6. Fu Y, Zu Y, Chen L, Shi X, Wang Z, Sun S, Efferth T. Antimicrobial activity of clove and rosemary essential oils alone and in combination. Phytother Res. 2007 Oct;21(10):989-94. PMID: 17562569.
7. Trongtokit Y, Curtis CF, Rongsriyam Y. Efficacy of repellent products against caged and free flying Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2005 Nov;36(6):1423-31. PMID: 16610644.
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10. Banerjee S, Das S. Anticarcinogenic effects of an aqueous infusion of cloves on skin carcinogenesis. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2005 Jul-Sep;6(3):304-8. PMID: 16235990.
11. Tajuddin , Ahmad S, Latif A, Qasmi IA. Aphrodisiac activity of 50% ethanolic extracts of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (nutmeg) and Syzygium aromaticum (L) Merr. & Perry. (clove) in male mice: a comparative study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2003 Oct 20;3:6. PMID: 14567759.
12. Tajuddin , Ahmad S, Latif A, Qasmi IA. Effect of 50% ethanolic extract of Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & Perry. (clove) on sexual behaviour of normal male rats. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2004 Nov 5;4:17. PMID: 15530165.
13. Srivastava KC, Malhotra N. Acetyl eugenol, a component of oil of cloves (Syzygium aromaticum L.) inhibits aggregation and alters arachidonic acid metabolism in human blood platelets. Acetyl eugenol, a component of oil of cloves (Syzygium aromaticum L.) inhibits aggregation and alters arachidonic acid metabolism in human blood platelets. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 1991 Jan;42(1):73-81. PMID: 2011614.
14. Jadhav BK, Khandelwal KR, Ketkar AR, Pisal SS. Formulation and evaluation of mucoadhesive tablets containing eugenol for the treatment of periodontal diseases. Drug Dev Ind Pharm. 2004 Feb;30(2):195-203. PMID: 15089054.
15. Image by rawallison.

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