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Chives Health Benefits

Chives are small perennial herbs growing in clumps, probably originated from Siberian highlands. The herb grows best in full sun and a well-drained soil. The leaves are tubular and hollow similar to that of onions; however, they are smaller in diameter, and somewhat appear like grass from a distance.

 

This plant is native to Europe, Asia and North America. A typical chive plant is basically a strong smelling perennial (a plant that lives for more than two years), with underground stems and bulbs.

 

This plant has a mild anti-inflammatory effect which can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a common medical ailment that often develops with age.

 

The juice of chive can be used as an insect repellent or applied to wounds to treat fungal infections. It is also rich in vitamin C which helps prevent bruises and wounds as well as supports the immune system.

 

Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties that strengthen the immune system. Both these vitamins help in eradicating free radicals that can damage cells.

 

Vitamin C and E in chives have antioxidant properties which can combat free radicals that cause damage to the cells and are responsible for skin ageing.

 

Ancient Romans often used this vegetable to treat sunburns. Consuming it can prevent damage by free radicals, thereby preventing signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Adding chives is a great way to add flavour to a dish without adding extra calories, fat or sodium.

 

Chives are a tender herb (along with cilantro, mint and basil) that have gentle stems and are best to add either raw or near the end of cooking in order to maintain their delicate flavour and texture.

 

Chives contain a host of other nutrients important for a healthy diet. This includes potassium, iron and calcium, vitamins A and C, folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

 

As a rich source of vitamin C, chives may alleviate a stuffy nose and colds, and folk remedies recommend it for such.

 

In addition, traditional folk remedies use chives to ease an upset stomach and flatulence and stimulate digestion and treat anaemia.

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