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Cloves ‘are the best anti oxidants’

Those looking to add an antioxidant-rich food to their diet should look no further than the humble clove, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the Miguel Hernandez University found that cloves are the best antioxidant spice as they contain high levels of phenolic compounds.

“Out of the five antioxidant properties tested, cloves had the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation well, and [were] the best iron reducer”, said Juana Fernandez-Lopez, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at the university.

Last month, Dr Melina Jampolis, a diet and fitness expert, wrote in a piece on CNN.com that Acai berries contain antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients that can help to improve health.

The researchers at Miguel Hernandez University explain that, as well as being beneficial to health, antioxidants also increase the life span of foods.

Cloves could become a viable option for use in the food industry, removing the need for synthetic antioxidants, Ms Fernandez-Lopez suggested.

Do you know any good recipes involving cloves?


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16 Mar
2010
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6 thoughts on “Cloves ‘are the best anti oxidants’”

  1. Kimberley - S says:

    I’m not sure what cloves are either, however, I am under the impression that they are some sort of herb? Don’t take my word for it though!!

  2. Laura says:

    What exactly are cloves? wasnt quite sure about this one? is it some kind of herb or something??

  3. Veenie says:

    I have heard lots about acai but never actually tried it. I have read alot about it being a scam, but then heard just as much about people losing large amounts of weight off it.

  4. Eva G says:

    Call me stupid but I am not sure what cloves are?

  5. Kelly says:

    Whats the Acai Berry? Never heard of this before, what does it do?

  6. Alesha says:

    im not really a fan of cloves to be honest! The acai berry sounds like a good anti oxidant though!!

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