Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are great for men, mainly because a small amount of cloves can increase testosterone – which is why cloves works as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. I personally apply a dash of ground clove powder in my everyday coffee cup, which adds a wonderful aroma to the coffee.
In Asia many men use large amounts of cloves or Syzygium aromaticum to enhance their sexual performance and to prevent premature ejaculation, but large amounts aren’t necessary because according to a study (Just a little clove for more testosterone) cloves raise testosterone when it’s eaten in small amounts – but actually lowers testosterone when one consumes too much of cloves.
The aphrodisiac effect of cloves has been confirmed by studies also:
Oral administration of the extract significantly increased the Mounting Frequency, Intromission Frequency; Intromission Latency, Erections; Quick Flips, Long Flips as well as aggregate of penile reflexes and caused significant reduction in the Mounting Latency and Post Ejaculatory Interval. – Aphrodisiac effect of 50% ethanolic extract of Syzygium aromaticum on sexual behaviour of normal male rats. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2004
As the study shows, cloves might be also a good way to shorten your post-ejaculatory interval.
People have been chewing on whole cloves for thousands of years in order to freshen their breath. It is said that in ancient China if anyone wanted to speak to the emperor, they were required to have a clove in their mouth.
Cloves are a powerful stimulant. Combined with cinnamon, the effects are even stronger. Which is why I like to add both Ceylon cinnamon and ground cloves in my coffee.
Guess what has the highest antioxidant rating out of all foods?
So… It appears that it is very wise to add some clove powder in (for example) your coffee.
Clove benefits summarized
- Raises testosterone thus acts as a aphrodisiac for both men and women, and personally cloves definitely affect erection strenght. See study: Just a little clove for more testosterone and remember not to go overboard on it.
- Improves tooth health and reduces tooth pain. This study confirms that cloves have benefit for tooth health and in the prevention of tooth cavities: Compounds from Syzygium aromaticum possessing growth inhibitory activity against oral pathogens. Cloves also freshen your breath and makes your natural breath odor a bit better. How? Pointer below explains.
- One of the active compounds in clove is methyl salicylate (painkiller), which makes salicylate drugs, such as aspirin, work as a minor painkiller. This is probably one of the reasons why biting clove bud with painful tooth can relieve the pain. Methyl salicylate is also used as an antiseptic in mouthwash products.
- If you dash a bit of ground cloves in your everyday beverages such as coffee or smoothies, you add huge amounts of antioxidants in your diet – as demonstrated in the video above.
- Cloves is actually one of the few spices that really do fight inflammation. See this great video: Which Spices Fight Inflammation? – which makes cloves also useful for fighting acne or bad skin condition.
- Clove has also antifungal benefits (study). Clove can also protect against bacterial colonization of the lungs, which can cause pneumonia and many other infections (study). Clove may serve as antimalarial agent (study).
What you basically get: Faster recovery from training due to cloves inflammation fighting capability. Painkiller properties. More antioxidants in your diet (helps for example with anti-aging), fresher breath (clove has antiseptic properties), stronger libido & better erections via cloves boosting testosterone – all which makes it a wonderful thing to add in your daily diet.
There are safety cautions for infants ingesting huge doses of clove oil: Clove oil warrants special attention. Ingesting as little as 10 ml causes hepatotoxicity which can be treated with N-acetylcysteine. Eugenol, active compound of clove, can be toxic in small doses for youngsters. So it’s probably wise not to fool around with abnormal doses of clove oil.
Try cloves as either ground or whole. Both are good to have around and you simply can’t eat too much of them.
See more clove benefits & uses
Also check out this cool site: 10 Cool Uses for Cloves
And see more clove uses from here – you’ll find anything from stopping diarrhea, cough, colds, difficult digestion and even tobacco addiction.
5 Reasons to Love Cloves is also worth a read!
Here’s few good organic clove products from Amazon.com.
I myself use this Simply Organic Ground Cloves as its the most convenient to add in foods and beverages such as coffee and tea.
Frontier Natural’s Organic Whole Cloves is also good one to invest in.
If you live outside of U.S, for example in Russia, Singapore, Brazil or Europe, then your best choice is iHerb.com which ships to over 150 different countries. You can get almost all health-related stuff about 200% cheaper from iHerb than local stores in Europe or Asia.
Simply Organic, Ground Cloves, 2.82 oz (80 g)
Alternatively clove caps are great for easier clove ingestion:
Kroeger Herb Co, Fresh Ground Cloves, 100 Veggie Caps
iHerb also has clove essential oils, you can find them here: http://www.iherb.com/clove
I also talked about cinnamon, for that I use Frontier Natural Products, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon, Ground and you can get it also from Amazon and its an amazing or probably the best cinnamon product just like the reviews are saying.
Clove is a great spice with a number of even greater benefits. It’s very easy to add this spice to your everyday diet, as it’s better to get it in small amounts and not in large amounts, and what would be an easier way to ingest this spice than add it to your coffee/tea. Cloves Christmas like aromatic flavor and smell is a great bonus also.
Cloves are simple and tasty “lifehack” to get more testosterone, better libido and stronger erection, fresher breath and tooth health benefits, more antioxidants which helps with anti-aging, better recovery from training via cloves inflammation fighting ability (which also helps with acne or bad skin).
You do not need to go overboard on clove consumption to make it beneficial, just like the studies note that just a little bit and not too much as it might be detrimental in high doses – which makes it a great spice to add to certain things.
Like for me personally, ground cloves and Ceylon cinnamon powder added to your morning coffee might become your new favorite thing.
Links and more reading:
Video: Cloves for good health
Video: Antioxidants in a pinch
Video: Which Spices Fight Inflammation?
Clove extract inhibits tumor growth and promotes cell cycle arrest and apoptosis
Clove aphrodisiac herb health benefit as treatment for infection, antioxidant by Ray Sahelian, M.D. Syzygium aromaticum plant, Flos Caryophylli
Just a little clove for more testosterone
Top 10 Aphrodisiac Plants
The World’s Healthiest Foods – Cloves
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF CLOVE
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