The word “antioxidant” has been thrown around a lot lately. Antioxidants are important because they keep free radicals in check. Taming free radicals is a good thing because free radicals cause cellular damage through a process known as oxidation. The oxidation process causes fatty acids stored in cell membranes and body fat to become rancid. This can lead to a hardening of the arteries and can damage cellular DNA.
It also causes improper cell replication and cell mutations, which are the early stages of cancers.
CLOVE TO THE RESCUE
Clove is a powerful antioxidant and cell protector, particularly for the liver and kidneys. Cloves are one of the highest sources of manganese. Vital for metabolism, manganese contributes enzymes, promotes bone strength, and also adds to clove’s high ORAC antioxidant value, which is more than 10 million. Most other antioxidants don’t even come near this level. An ounce of clove oil, for example, has the antioxidant capacity of 450 pounds of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries or 48 gallons of beet juice.
Clove’s antioxidant properties are just one of its many healthful qualities. Research at University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India, discovered that clove essential oil increases the primary and secondary humoral immune response due to its incredible blood purification properties. Humoral immunity deals with infectious agents in your blood and body tissues. Clove oil attacks germs, cleansing your body from harmful toxins and microbes such as candida and ringworm. Compared to over-the-counter antifungal drugs, clove oil provides a safe and inexpensive treatment.
Clove, the spice, helps prevent adult onset diabetes by tripling insulin levels, which keeps blood sugar levels under control. The essential oil can help with nerve damage caused by diabetes. Cloves also enhance the body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation.
Clove oil can be beneficial for male reproductive problems and can help men with pre-ejaculation issues. Research shows treatment with clove oil can decrease depression and enhanced muscle coordination, similar to that exhibited by psycho-stimulant drugs. Clove essential oil can relieve mental exhaustion, encourage sleep, prompt dreams and create a sense of protection and courage.
Clove oil is very strong and can cause irritation when used in its pure form. Dilution is recommended when used topically. I only recommend essential oils that have been multiple third-party tested for purity and potency.