Get started with your free eBook.

Discover the top 14 things you’re doing that are damaging your bones.

Cook With This Delicious Bone Building Spice

cloves

With the holidays around the corner, we all start thinking about the wonderful flavors and scents that accompany the season. One of my favorites is hot mulled cider, which fills the house with the cozy scent of apples, cinnamon, and cloves.

Who would have ever thought that in addition to their delicious fragrance, nature has packed cloves with bone-healthy nutrients? Surprisingly, these miniature nail-shaped delicacies are rich in manganese, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids. If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you know that all three are Foundation Supplements.

Just two teaspoons of ground cloves contain over 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of manganese. Amazing!

But cloves are just one of many herbs and spices that can contribute to your bone health. We tend to think of spices merely for the distinct flavors they add to our recipes, yet each herb and spice has its own set of health benefits.

A Concentrated Bone Health Package

Cloves deliver an aromatic bone health punch because they contain:

  • Manganese, necessary for the synthesis of connective tissue in cartilage and bone. It’s also involved in protein synthesis and fatty acid metabolism.
  • Vitamin K, which works synergistically with vitamin D to regulate the production of osteoclasts, cells that remove old bone so that new bone can be deposited in its place.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, best known for their anti-inflammatory effects. For bone health, omega-3s increase calcium absorption, help reduce bone loss, and maintain mineral density within bones. 1
  • Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that is crucial for collagen production.
  • And last but not least, the “old faithfuls” of bone health: calcium and magnesium.

Additionally, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium are important bone and collagen-building nutrients that help enhance fracture healing.

Adding Cloves to the Menu

Cloves can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Here are a few tips for using cloves and adding them to your bone-healthy diet:

  • For the best flavor and health benefits, purchase organic cloves when possible.
  • Try adding some Chinese Five Spice to stir-fries or marinades. This unique blend combines anise, cinnamon, and ginger with cloves to create a subtly sweet and spicy tang.
  • Add ground cloves to chili, stews, and bean soups.
  • Pierce an onion with whole cloves and add it to soups.
  • Add ground cloves to your stuffing recipe.
  • The flavor of cloves intensifies the longer they sit in warmed food, so take that into account when you’re deciding how much to add. A little goes a long way.
  • Sprinkle some ground cloves over applesauce or baked apples.
  • Keep your jar of ground cloves tightly sealed, out of direct light, and try to use them within six months (they’ll keep a little longer if you store them in the refrigerator).

Be Creative and Adventurous in Your Kitchen

Cloves are not your everyday spice, but they certainly are a healthy addition to your bone-smart pantry. With their exotic and sweet taste reminiscent of the tropics, you’ll want to find more ways to include them in your meals.

Here’s a delicious dessert recipe using ground cloves and other fragrant spices. I’m sure you’ll love it… and feel free to share your recipes with us below.

After I posted this article, several of you requested a recipe for mulled cider, so I’ve added my favorite holiday cider recipe just below the Scent-sational Cookies. Enjoy!

Scent-sational Cookies

Yields 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup vegetarian butter
1/4 cup extra-light olive oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Use three bowls. In one bowl, blend applesauce and baking soda. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, oil, sugar, honey, and eggs. Set aside.

In the third bowl, blend the flour, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. 

Pour the butter mixture into the flour and spices bowl and blend well.

Mix in applesauce mixture, and stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Using a teaspoon, drop the dough on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Vivian’s Holiday Mulled Cider

Ingredients

1/2 gallon apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. nutmeg
Zest of one orange
2 whole cloves
3/4 to 1-1/2 tsp. stevia (liquid or powder) *

Directions

1. Bring all of the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat.
2. When you see little bubbles forming around the edges, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for about 20 minutes.
3.Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before serving. **

* Adjust the amount of stevia to your preference. If you can’t find stevia, you can use 2 Tbsp. sugar (preferably organic) instead.
** As an alternative to straining the cider, you can tie the cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest in a little cheesecloth packet and then remove the spice packet when you’re ready to serve the cider.

References

1 Kruger, Horrobin. “Calcium Metabolism, Osteoporosis, and Essential Fatty Acids: A Review.” Progress in Lipid Research. 1997.

Print Friendly and PDF

The Top 14 Things You’re Doing That Are Damaging Your Bones... And More!

Enter your name and email below to get...

  • Stop The Bone Thieves! report
  • Email course on how to prevent and reverse bone loss
  • Free vital osteoporosis news and updates.

58 comments. Leave Yours Now →

  1. Sherrie Miller June 2, 2011, 11:38 am

    I’m in a frantic condition. I lost your carrot cake recipe and my sister is coming over from Michigan today. You emailed me the recipe some time ago and I finally am getting around to making the cake because I was dieting. I bought the honey and the carrots and somehow, I lost the recipe for your cake that was good for our bones. Can someone please email me the recipe today? Thank you

  2. Linda wood April 7, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Do you have a calcium pill with all the things on the list?

    • Delia November 25, 2012, 6:07 pm

      I am so glad that I found the Save our bone program and Vivian. I bought the program recently and also the Densercise. I am reading so much lately and I have started to follow the program. Thanks Vivian

  3. Beverly March 29, 2011, 11:49 am

    I have been using a 12 pound weight vest but find it to be quite heavy for me to wear very long. How long is enough and would a lighter weight one work just as well? Is it only effective when I stand or is it somewhat helpful when we sit also?

  4. Jill March 7, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Are hemp hearts alkalizing or acidifying?

  5. Barbara Dallimore January 23, 2011, 5:00 pm

    Vivian: On Page 107, Chapter 9, The Secret to your Strong Bones, you show Spelt under Alkalizing Grains & Wheat Products. I was delighted to see this since I eat spelt bread. Then I see Spelt listed in the next column as being acidifying. Which is it? This is important to me. Many thanks for your answer.

  6. bea mowry January 20, 2011, 2:01 pm

    hi i think i read you to say at one time that you were coming out with a cook book if so when will that be i hope soon.also i am having an awful time cumming up with the 80/20 in the mornings when you have one ofyourscent-sational cookies how do you count it i guess i just must be stupid to this whole program i want so bad to build my bones back again help bea

  7. bea mowry December 25, 2010, 7:04 am

    ihave your book save our bones ihave osteoporosis and i want to get started on your program but i dont quite understand it is there anyway i can purchase a book of recipes my doctor wants to put me on the shot but i am scrad no i am terrafied please help me thank you

  8. Mazey November 27, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Hi Vivian!
    I started using a weight vest made for women with bone issues about a yr ago and I have according to my latest bone density test am reversing the bone that I had lost!
    Thank you Viv for your site with so much valuable information that is great.
    I am so happy and I thank the commentator or person who recommended it on your web site .
    I had tried some vests in the past and after one walk put them away as they were too heavy and looked hiddeous
    Oh I will pass along the name of the vest if some ladies want to get a nice one which is perfect for women with osteoporosis it is really for women NOT men like many .
    Find this great little vest at web site ( very reasonably priced too)
    http://WWW.NYKNYC.COM

    • Annie January 4, 2011, 6:45 am

      Hello,
      I Do not think this is the Forum to advertize your weight Vests..
      You seeem to go on many free websites, and others have mentioned they bought your vests, and where Not happy with them!
      Shame on you

  9. Teri November 27, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I am 40 and I have been told I have osteoporosis. My score is -2.7 in both hips.

    I have been told to go on Fosomax.

    I do not want to due to the side effects and my age. Can weight training make a difference? Also, how soon can you see a difference in a dexa scan?

  10. Nancy Kay November 19, 2010, 3:10 pm

    You mention taking a calcium supplement – CalAlgae. I have been unable to find this and cannot find any organic calcium other than coral calcium and I do not want to take that. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Do you know where one could purchase this calcium on line?
    Also I discontinued Fosomax after many years. I stopped in March of 2010. I had a two year follow up bone density in August 2010 and my density went down a number of percentages. I was under the assumption that stopping Fosomax one did not get a rapid bone loss, as happens when discontinuing HRT. I am trying to follow the new way of eating, though I must admit I love whole grains of all types so it is difficult to cut back. However, I would rather try this diet and never take another one of those horrid “bone building” drugs. Thank you for all the great information.

  11. Nu Ly November 17, 2010, 7:14 am

    Dear Vivian,

    I received your book “New Expanded Edition” on 15 Nov.10. I like the recipes, smoothies, Avocado Sandwich etc… It looks great, thank you.

    I received your book “New Expanded Edition” on 15 Nov. 10, I like the recipes, smoothies, Avocado Sandwich etc… It looks great, thank you.

    About the coves, I know a little, thank you for your hard work. Nu

  12. Irma November 16, 2010, 9:00 pm

    VIVIAN, THANK YOU FOR RECOMENDING CLOVES IN OUR DIET; ITS GOOD TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN BUILD
    BONES. I AM GOING TO START USING IT IN MY COOKING.
    IRMA

  13. Dorothy frybarger November 16, 2010, 12:24 am

    Dear Vivian. Thank you for your efforts on save our bones.TthankyouYor for your recipes.I loved your carrot cake. I just cooked your latest
    cookies you sent.YUM; We all loved them.

  14. Kay Stovall November 15, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Hot mulled tea recipe?

  15. Felicity Banister November 15, 2010, 8:09 am

    Hi Vivian,

    May we have the receipe for the mulled cider please. Many thanks

    Felicity

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 17, 2010, 4:54 pm

      Hi Felicity,

      For you and the others who requested a mulled cider recipe, I added my favorite to the article. You’ll find it just after the Scent-sational Cookies recipe.

  16. Margaret Keen November 14, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Cloves contain Vit.K
    Being on Warfarin for a
    mechanical aortic valve replacement
    should I avoid cloves, as I am not
    supposed to take Vit.K?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 15, 2010, 12:16 am

      Yes, Margaret, if you are supposed to avoid Vitamin K, you should not use cloves. It’s important to realize that when I talk about a particular food, I’m NOT saying you have to eat that food to benefit from the Save Our Bones Program. It’s just one option among many. So if you have issues with a particular food (or just don’t like it), there are plenty of other bone healthy choices!

  17. Eunice November 14, 2010, 1:21 pm

    Hi Vivian:

    would you please forward your recipt of mulled cider for Thanksgiving.I like to serve this .for my children and grandkids. thanks a lot.

    eunice

  18. Larry Scott November 14, 2010, 12:51 pm

    How much new info is in your package now. I purchased the Save our Bones system more than 1 year ago and wonder what is different in this edition?

    Larry

  19. Anna Marie November 14, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Would it be too difficult to add amount/serving/calories…I love your recipes..Anna Marie

  20. Gerri D. November 14, 2010, 12:11 am

    Dear Vivian,
    I am so saddened when I hear women tell about their negative experiences when on these powerful drugs.I too experienced a lot of pain and many bad side effects when on these medications. It wasn’t until I came across your website that I was told the truth about what these meds can do to you,and how to regain bone density without putting the rest of my body at risk.No more DR.bullying for me ! I know the truth now thanks to you vivian.Please keep on enlightening women and men and maybe one day everyone will educate themselves and be able to make the right choices for themselves.
    All the best to you,
    Gerri D.

  21. milly perna November 13, 2010, 10:30 pm

    i am with you all the way

  22. Kathie Roberts November 13, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Vivian–I was also wondering about the e-zorb calcium and was wondering if you could tell us the supplements you take [name] and where to buy them . It would be of great help to us that don,t know what were doing [me]
    Thank you,
    Kathie

  23. Maria Gibson November 13, 2010, 8:29 pm

    I wanted to know if you can put cloves in green tea (warm tea)?

  24. Patricia Morine November 13, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Hot mulled cider recipe?

  25. Cathy November 13, 2010, 6:08 pm

    Hi Vivian, I truly enjoy reading every one of your informative emails, so thanks :). I have a question concerning connective tissue disorders which runs on my dad’s side. I also have Osteopenia, and, thru diet, exercise and lots of professional advice such as yours, doing everything I can to improve my bone density without the harmful meds. I don’t have Lupus according to my Rheumatologist, but I do have a connective tissue disorder (I am ANA positive). I take very good care of myself and consider myself very healthy. Because of the connective tissue disorder and the fact that I’m taking certain herbs or supplements, is there anything I need to know concerning any harmful effects from taking herbs or supplements, or any food for that matter, in order to improve my bone health. My GP is not very knowledgeable or helpful when it comes to advice on this subject. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  26. Ms. L. November 13, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You VERY MUCH For The Valuable Information You Sent Me, And The Great Recipe For The Scent-Sational Cookies, As Well.

    LOVE, MS.L.

  27. Zulaiha November 13, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I am wondering how I can get your book! Zulaiha

  28. Maria c Rhodes November 13, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Vivian I am still wandering about the calcium Aspartate Anhydrous supleplement sale by EZorb that claims to be the highest biovailability and maximum absorption. What is your opinion?

  29. Tayebeh November 13, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Hello Vivian,

    Thank you for you wonderful comments, I’m
    following your programs & getting new information.
    Unfortunately, I have got developed osteoarthritis & osteopenia in hip. I used to take alendronate acid
    for two years, after finding out its disadvantage I gave up six months ago.
    I’ve been diagnosed ( MRI) degenerative spondylosis with significant L3/4 canal stenosis. I’m going to have an specific injection in theatre room next week. Some surgeon believe that I should have surgery, but I’m too scared. Your point of views would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Tayebeh

  30. Mary Anderson November 13, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Vivian: Thank you for the excellent idea of mulled cider for Thanksgiving. I have been searching my mind to decide what to serve my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren before dinner Thanksgiving Day. This is IT.

  31. Edith McEvoy November 13, 2010, 2:44 pm

    I have Celiac Disease which is a Gluten Free Diet for the rest of my life. I need recipes which do not use wheat, rye, barley and oats. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was on Actonel for five years but haven’t been on anything for the last two years. Thanks

    • Patricia Morine November 13, 2010, 7:34 pm

      http://www.livingwithout.com a magazine and web site for those with gluten intollerance. A selection of recipes and resources.

  32. Carol Malesky November 13, 2010, 11:52 am

    Vivian, I took Fosomax last year for about
    4-months and I started to lose my hair. I
    did not know why at first because I had been
    on Prednisone for awhile and I still am on
    it,only 6mgs a day and it has ruined my joints.
    When I read that Fosomax had hair loss I stopped taking it and it took about 5 months
    or more before my hair got strong again.It
    took a year with special shampoos to get it
    the way it was. I think the bone pills are
    a horrible way to tell people to gain bone
    density. I can’t get over the doctors that try
    to push these drugs. They scare you into taking
    them. Now my doctor is trying to tell me to
    take Forteo because it is more mild and has
    been on the market longer. I am confused.
    Carol

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 13, 2010, 4:46 pm

      Hi Carol,

      I can’t make the decision for you, but neither should your doctor! Do your research, form your own bone health philosophy, and then decide. To help with that, take a look at the article I wrote about Forteo: The Forteo Mystery: What You Should Know About This Puzzling Drug

      • cindy November 15, 2010, 5:39 am

        I’ve lost 34% bone density and my doctor put me on forteo, one shot every day in the stomach, before I started taking forteo I wasn’t in constant pain, after taking forteo I found that I only had maybe the first forty five minutes of the day without pain. I quit taking it and now I have more than forty five minutes pain free. I wish I never took it. cindy

  33. jean November 13, 2010, 11:49 am

    Vivian, you are a mind of imformation. thank God there are people like you for people like us. Thank you again.

  34. Chloa Smith November 13, 2010, 11:04 am

    Everytime I see any of the ads on tv about the bone building drugs, I feel so sad because I know what horrible side effects they have. I appreciate the information you send out.

    • Rebecca March 18, 2011, 10:24 am

      Wow, I just found this site and and found it a day too late…I took Boniva for the first AND the last time a few days ago…after 3 days, the side effects came…what pain!!! it was unbelievable and soooo painful for about 2 days…feeling better now, but not 100%….never again will I take poison into my body…What an eye opener when I started reading more about those “bone building” drugs…Thank goodness for Vivien’s information and care for women’s health…

  35. Christine Gadsby November 13, 2010, 10:58 am

    Dear Vivien,

    I have read your book and your many emails with great interest. Thank you for fighting our corner!

    Would it be possible to give weights in recipies rather than cups, either in g/oz?

    Thank you very much.

    Christine

  36. Mada November 13, 2010, 10:42 am

    I tried the Fosamax for 6weeks and cannot describe the pain I encountered in my right arm and left hip. It took 9weeks for the pain to go away after stopping the drug. My mother was on it for 14years and was in constant pain. When I took her off it the pain eventually subsided but it was to late, Arthritis has taken her over. She lost 14good years of her life to pain and I firmly believe it was the Fosamax.

    • Annie November 13, 2010, 3:23 pm

      I do not think you can depend on everything a Dr. prescribes for you. You have to be ProActive about your own health, and find out for your self all the side effects.

      As Drs. say, there in Practice, which means, there practising on YOU!

      If anyone is having side effects, or notices changes in there body (Pain), from Drugs, Herbs, or Vitamins. Stop taking them for a couple of weekks.If you notice a change, and your pain free, your body was trying to tell you, STOP taking that Drug etc.

      This is NOT Rocket Science.

      Be well..

    • Sylvia November 13, 2010, 12:14 pm

      Hi Vivian, would you also give diet advice to people suffering from arthritis as well since most of us have bone density problem are seniors have arthritis also, especially osteoarthritis. Thank you.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 15, 2010, 12:23 am

        Hi Sylvia,

        Although the Save Our Bones Program is designed for osteoporosis and osteopenia, it can help with other conditions, including arthritis, because of its pH balanced approach. Currently, my time and energies are focused on my research into osteoporosis and bone health issues, but I may be branching out into other areas in the future.

  37. Kathy R. November 13, 2010, 10:20 am

    I remember when I was young my Mother used to season her roast with some cloves. And she used to use it for toothaches as well. Very interesting how it can also be good for our bones. Thanks for the important information.

  38. Jean November 13, 2010, 10:10 am

    Is it possible to format your recipes – I really want to try that cookie recipe – in a way that they are easily printable? Thanks again for good ideas, good recipes, and good advice!

    • marianne November 13, 2010, 10:23 am

      Why don;t you high light it and print selection. Easy enough!

  39. Marie Pinschmidt November 13, 2010, 9:24 am

    Vivian, I’m following your program and feel great, but would you comment on Coumadin use. I’m avoiding some of the things you suggest ( like cloves, and dark greens, because of the Vitamin K content. Thanks. Marie

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 13, 2010, 4:51 pm

      Hi Marie,

      Yes, you’re correct that you need to ignore my recommendations about taking Vitamin K, since it interferes with coumadin. But everything else in the Program applies equally and should work just fine for you.

      • Annie January 4, 2011, 7:04 am

        Hello Vivian,
        Would you know why, when I take any type of Vitamin K , I get Leg Cramps?
        If I eat too many Organic greens I also get leg cramps. I do know Greens have K in them also.

        I do take 400mg aday of Magnisium.

        Thank you, and for all your Help for Osteoporosis,
        Annie

        • Linda Murdock February 24, 2011, 10:26 pm

          I have been useing this for years for leg and foot cramps. Put a partial or whole bar of Ivory soap between you mattress protector and your fitted sheet down where your feet would be. I don’t know what it is, but I no longer get cramps, and I have passed this on to others and they have found it to work. I even travel with it. It’s a really easy and inexpensive fix. Good luck.

  40. Sharon November 13, 2010, 8:23 am

    Recipe sounds yummy,is the amount of honey 1/2 cup?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 13, 2010, 4:55 pm

      Yes, Sharon, it’s 1/2 cup. Sorry about the omission and thanks for pointing it out! :) I’ve made the correction in the article.

  41. Magda November 13, 2010, 7:54 am

    I have been a Fosamax user for 2 years. It is a very bad drug. Very dangerous. I am in shock people still taking this drug after so many people come forward with their problems.

    I am not on this medication for 5 years now. I have sever dental problems since. Now I am taking natural products. Thank you to Vivian to keep looking into how can we naturally build our bones.

    Magda Pakocs November 13, 2010

  42. Pam Hartfield November 12, 2010, 6:57 pm

    I have just been to the Dentist & been advised that because I am taking Fosamax my jaw bone has been weakened & dental work is now a serious problem. I’m sure whis was not mentioned when first prescribed the drug.

    I have lost faith in the mainstream Medical profession & feel that they no longer place the patients first. Large Pharmiceutial Companies are creating products that create more problems than they solve.

    I will now endeavour to overturn years of habits & re educate myself & my family to the alternate ways to a future healthy lifestyle.

Join the Conversation. Leave a Comment.

The purpose of this comment section is to encourage you to interact with the rest of the Save Our Bones Community. Thank you so much for joining the conversation!

Get Started With Your
FREE Bone Building Kit.

Get a free copy of ‘Stop The Bone Thieves’, exclusive content that you can’t find anywhere else, plus vital osteoporosis news and updates.

Get It Free

My Cart

Edit Total:
Continue Shopping