Clove, used as a medicinal spice for centuries, is often found in homes as the quick remedial solution for toothache relief. This medicinal property of clove is popularly referred to as antinociceptive. Eugenol is a common compound present in cloves which helps stimulate normal calcium and chloride channels which helps receptors reduce toothache pain.
Now, you’ll say, what does this herb have to do with digestion? This common spice channels eugenol acts as a digestive aid for the proper stimulation and synthesis of digestive tract lining. Clove, in the form of its essential oil, is good for reducing inflammation and acidity in the digestive tract. This also translates into helping reduce ulcer formation in the digestive tract. The powerful antioxidants present in clove have strong anti-bacterial and anti-ulcer properties.
If you struggle with digestive distress, regularly, you should know a bit more about Helicobacter Pylori. This is a serious microorganism which is found in the lining of the digestive tract. As soon as digestive surface comes in contact with food, this microorganism gets activated causing discomfort. If not treated correctly, it can lead to ulcers which are often diagnosed with the following symptoms: (1)
- Constipation (or constant loose motions)
If you want something effective and non-medicinal to help you calm your digestive tract, the eugenol present in cloves might help. When tested again with Helicobacter Pylori, the clove extract, Eugenal inhibited the growth of the microorganism while reducing inflammation. To be precise, in a study, eugenol inhibited the growth of at least 31 strains of Helicobacter Pylori in the stomach after 9 to 12 hours of ingestion. This makes its potency much more reliable and effective than over-the-counter digestive medication. At least that’s what latest research tells me. (2)
There’s more research to be done on the medicinal effects of clove and its extracts. But for now, with this study, you can place your trust in this powerful anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory spice, which has been around for more than 2,000 years! A spice so unique and special that it was smuggled from the East where it was cultivated in Indonesia by the French to bring to the rest of the world! (3)