Why not switch out your gum or cigarette habit, for a clove habit? Believe it or not, this spice can help you quit smoking!
Cloves are actually the stems and unopened buds of a tree flower from Indonesia, now grown in many countries around the world.
The main active compound found in clove is eugenol, which has anesthetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The chemical has been extensively used in dental care since it relieves tooth-related pain and improves the symptoms of gingivitis (swelling of the gums) and other dental conditions.
Most importantly, many people use clove to help kick their cigarette habit. Smoking is estimated to cause a third of all cancer deaths in the United States, and cloves are known to be one of the foods to help quit smoking. Simply chew it slowly, or place a drop of clove oil on your finger and in back of the tongue. Its strong tastes significantly helps with the nicotine cravings.
Cloves are also being studied for their antioxidant effect in the prevention of cancer in the digestive system, reducing joint pain, and even as a mosquito repellent. The spice is also rich in manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, fiber and omega 3 essential fatty acids.
The best quality buds are those with a brown-reddish tone and have easily recognizable stems and buds. For the best flavor and to get all the benefits of the spice, it is recommended that they are ground just before use in the kitchen. You can find cloves at most grocery stores in the spice section. Add a few cloves to your favorite recipes or pop a clove in your month straight from the bottle to enjoy its many benefits!
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