The dried buds of the subtropical flowering tree Syzygium aromaticum, cloves contain the minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc, and vitamin C, B6, B12, A, E, D, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin. Together with high levels of antioxidants, they provide a great all-round boost to the immune system, and in Chinese medicine are believed to possess aphrodisiac qualities. Extracts in cloves have been found to reduce pain, and contain valuable antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make them a popular natural treatment for toothache, oral diseases, halitosis and headaches. Cloves can stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes, and thus aid digestion, as well as reduce flatulence and nausea, while their phenolic compounds may be beneficial in preserving bone density.
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