Cloves are no longer just for your apple cider or Holiday Ham—as it turns out they have an amazing super power!
The distinct smell of cloves is a welcome scent in any home. These dried flower buds are from the ygium aromaticum L plant and have not only been used for centuries in culinary dishes.
They’ve also been used in several non-traditional medicines, such as Aromatherapy, Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for thousands of years.
In preclinical research trials, cloves revealed their true power in their ability to stop the growth of a number of different types of cancer cells.
While we know that cloves are wonderful antibacterial, antifungal and even antiviral, the news that they are also potent anticancer agents is exciting the for the cancer community.
Cloves Stop Cancer Growth!
According to scientists from the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburg and China’s Capital Medical University, clove extract stopped the activity and growth of breast, colon, liver and ovarian cancer cells (1).
In the laboratory study, researchers tested numerous types of human cells, both normal and cancerous, including ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast, pancreatic and lung cells with various whole clove extracts.
What they discovered was not only did the clove extract halt the growth of the cancerous cells, but it left the normal cells alone to grow unimpeded.
What is amazing about this is that the clove extract was also dose-dependent, meaning the more clove used, the greater the anti-cancer effect it had on the cancerous cells, so researchers were able to specifically point to the clove as the agent responsible for the anti-cancer effects on the cells.
Best Way To Use Clove For Anti-Cancer Effects?
The researchers used many types of extracts but what they found the most effective was one in which the cloves were soaked in a 95 percent alcohol solution for 72 hours at room temperature, after which the whole extract was concentrated into a mixture.
This is also commonly how herbalists make tinctures. Researchers deemed the solution was so effective because the process helped release the active compounds in the cloves that are not necessarily available when simply eaten.
Cloves have been found to have a variety of medicinal compounds—some of which have not yet even been isolated. Of the compounds that have been isolated, researchers identified oleanolic acid and eugenol as the critical anti-cancer agents (2).
You have probably heard of oleanolic acid before. It’s not the first time it has made headlines as a potent anti-cancer agent.
In fact, in 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that oleanolic acid was also able to stop the cell cycle of human pancreatic cancer cells.
They also determined that this potent acid could basically impair the function of the cancer cell’s mitochondria and alter its gene cells—essentially changing the actual DNA of the cancer cell.
This is incredible news that can also alter the way we prevent and treat cancer going forward. Another reminder we should never mess with Mother Nature!
Apart from cloves amazing anti-cancer feats, they are also quite effective against many types of infections, including bacterial, viral and those caused by fungi.
They are also effective for pain management, which is why your grandmother may have told you to chew on some cloves when you have a toothache.
They are also known to be helpful for gastrointestinal issues and problems concerning the kidneys and spleen, among many other incredible health benefits.
- Here’s Why It’s So Important to Know How To Reduce Antinutrients in Foods
Whole grains and veggies are great for you, but they can also be a double-edged sword. These foods contain many …
- 5-Ingredient Anti-Inflammatory Pistachio Bark With Cacao, Coconut Oil and Raspberries
There’s nothing like a decadent slice of chocolate cake or a nibble of a creamy chocolate bar to keep your …
- Top 3 Healthy Cooking Oils
For the past few decades, the common perception that people have had is that fat is bad, and carbohydrates and …
- 2 Tablespoons a Day and Goodbye Belly Fat. This Drink Will Burn Stomach Fat Immediately
When was the last time you had a fat burning drink to get rid of all that belly fat? Belly …
- 6-Ingredient, 6-Minute Ice Cream Recipe With Avocado, Coconut Milk And NO Dairy
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Store-bought ice cream is considered a junk food because of …
- Freeze This, Not That! Here’s a Practical Guide On How Long You Can Freeze Your Food
Fruit is great, but can you freeze it? What about veggies? Or meat? The answer may surprise you, but it …
- 5 Amazing Reasons Why Flexible Dieting is the Last Diet You’ll Ever Need
Ever heard of flexible dieting? Every year or so, a fabulous new diet plan comes out that promises to …
- 7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat
While we often try to not draw a line in the sand regarding good foods and bad foods, but rather …
- 10 Reasons To Drink More Apple Cider Vinegar
You may not think of apple cider vinegar as something that is a boon to your overall health, but it …
- Coffee Drinkers Are 50% Less Likely To Suffer From Diabetes And Other Inflammatory Conditions
We know that coffee has many health benefits, which are often attributed to its rich phytochemistry – “including caffeine, chlorogenic …
- Fabulous Flax: Delicious Recipes To Boost Omega-3 Intake
Flax seeds are well known for their wide array of health benefits. High in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, …
- 7 Undeniable Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Super low in calories, naturally fat-free and having more potassium than four bananas, coconut water is one of the best …
- Cinnamon Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar and Cure The Common Cold
Cinnamon is a frequent addition to holiday meals such as pumpkin pie and mulled cider. Cinnamon can also be used …
- Chocolate Treats Without the Guilt
Chocolate is a guilty obsession for millions of people. But what if you could have your chocolate without the remorse? …
- Top 10 Ways to Stop Craving for Sugar, Salt, and Fats
According to a recent article in the New York Times, “Food Corporations Turn to Chefs in a Quest for Healthy Flavor,” …