Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nutrients Rich in Antioxidants

Cloves could successfully replace synthetic antioxidants used for processed foods to resist. According to a recent study which contain the most potent natural antioxidants.
It seems that specific spices and other Mediterranean Diet have these properties, but experts say that not all of the cloves are rich in antioxidants.
The study was conducted at the University Miguel Hernandez of Spain. The team led by Dr. Juan Fernandez-Lopez analyzed the antioxidant properties of several herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage and cloves. Evaluating the properties of cloves have found that this delay lipid oxidation, a process which is the main cause of deterioration of food, managing to keep them fresh.
 Synthetic antioxidants could be replaced with natural ones
According to experts, the study is even more important as manufacturers could replace synthetic antioxidants in foods with natural ones. In this way the products could be preserved without harming human health. Currently, synthetic chemicals are used. Cloves should be not only a natural alternative, but also a cheaper and beneficial to consumers' health.
The findings were published in "Flavour and Fragrance Journal. The report also shows that all analyzed plants have antioxidant properties. Previous studies have shown that some natural spices such as thyme, oregano have antimicrobial properties and could also be useful in food preservation.

What are cloves?
Cloves, Eugenia caryophyllata with scientific name, are dried flower buds of the clove tree. They belong to the Myrtaceae family and originate from the Spice Islands (Indonesia). It seems that the West plant was introduced by Arabs. Doctors used it as a panacea because it was effective against fatigue and memory loss. Also, in the past were considered an aphrodisiac.
Cloves have a taste spicy and sour, hot and persistent and salt substitute. In the kitchen are used to bake cookies with fruit flavor make mulled wine and tea.

Health benefits
Regarding the therapeutic properties of clove, they are not insignificant. Thus:
    * Because of its antiseptic, used in dentistry: soothes toothache and disinfects mouth;
    * Cloves contain eugenol, which is why they are considered a natural anesthetic;
    * Are an important source of manganese, fiber, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium;
    * Help digestion;
    * Strengthen the immune system;
    * Are effective against intestinal worms;
    * Fight infections in the ears, nose, throat and genitals;
    * Improves peripheral circulation;
    * Be used against vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion and abdominal bloating;
    * Clove oil is used against colds: put a few drops into boiling water and inhaling, also soothes cough

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