Antioxidants are needed to kill the free radicals that cause cell damage, leading to various types of diseases and premature aging. Free radicals are not generally bad, as they are released by different parts of the body to fight virus, bacteria, etc. However, when the level of free radicals in the system become more than the antioxidants produced by the body, this is where the problem comes in. To prevent this from happening, you need to eat foods high in antioxidants. The antioxidant level of foods is measured using ORAC or oxygen radical absorption capacity. Those with high ORAC score have higher level of antioxidants.
The ORAC score of clove is 314,446. It’s one of the herbs with the highest level of antioxidants. It also has germicidal and antiseptic properties, which is helpful in treating and healing wounds. It’s also beneficial in relieving pain caused by arthritis or digestive problems. Two of its most active antioxidants are quercetin and anthocyanins.