#236 Cloves. Nature's natural medicine? With Dr Rupy Aujla

A lot of relatives have told me in the past about chewing cloves everyday.  It’s part of a habit for some people and a traditional cure for toothache and gum disease. But, depending on who you speak to, the benefits extend to the digestive system, inflammation and even longevity.

So here at the Doctor’s Kitchen we decided to do a deep dive into this wonderfully strong spice that we use often in recipes such as broths, stews and of course biryani.

Here are the things you need to know

  • It’s a potent spice that at the very least, contributes more polyphenols and diversity to your plate. The chemicals found in cloves are particularly interesting
  • It is linked to many beneficial properties, especially antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic benefits but human trials are lacking.
  • Whole cloves are generally considered safe but clove oil or supplements need to be used with caution.

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