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Chives Vegetable Health Benefits

Chives are members of the allium family, which also includes garlic, onions, scallions and leeks. Chives are fresh top greens in the onion family bulb vegetables. They are small perennial herbs growing in clumps, probably originated from Siberian highlands.

 

This herb grows best in full sun and a well-drained soil. The leaves are packed with other B-complex vitamins as well as some essential minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, and calcium.

 

The choline in chives is an important nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

 

Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.

 

Folate, also found in chives, may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain.

 

Chives might also help in the fight against cancer because they contain many antioxidants that help destroy free radicals and discourage the growth of cancerous cells and tumours.

 

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.

 

Chives stimulate hair growth by increasing the flow of blood to the scalp and hair roots.

 

They stop hair breakage, giving you a fuller and shinier head of hair.

 

They are also effective in reducing or eliminating any itchiness in the scalp.

 

Chives are not only used in cooking for the flavour, but also for the health aspects. It has some anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibiotic properties.

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