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Clove: A Valuable Spice That's Been Used for Centuries

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Clove has long been used as a food and for medicinal purposes; it is one of the richest sources of phenolic compounds such as eugenol and gallic acid
  • Clove is well-known to aid digestion, calm dental pain, reduce inflammation and relieve headaches
  • Clove also supports your respiratory health and can be used to soothe cold symptoms, including sore throat
  • Lab-based research has demonstrated the anticancer potential of cloves, as well as the beneficial impact this spice has on diabetes and obesity

Clove is a pungent spice used worldwide in a variety of foods and beverages. Its uses extend to other areas as well, particularly due to its well-known analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Let's take a closer look at these dried aromatic flower buds that have the appearance of small nails.

While you may enjoy cloves in a hot beverage like spiced apple cider, they also feature prominently in pumpkin pie and speculoos — those crispy gourmet spice cookies that are a symbol of the Christmas season in Belgium, Germany and other countries across Europe.

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