I have always loved the taste, smell and even the look of chives, especially when blooming with those passionate, purple seed heads.
What is surprising is that chives also offer important health benefits, which include boosting heart health, improving the strength of our bones, protecting us against a wide range of cancers, easing digestion, boosting vision and boosting our immune system, too!
You Can Thank Allicin
One of the most important organic compounds found in chives is allicin, which has recently been linked to reduced levels of “bad” cholesterol and improved heart health.
Allicin is also connected to lowering blood pressure. When combined with the vasodilator effects of the potassium that is also found in chives, this tiny herb can have a giant impact on reducing cardiovascular strain – love it!
Quercetin is another organic compound in chives that is amazing too, in that it can help lower cholesterol levels and reduces plaque in arteries, too.
Although research is still ongoing, early results are showing that quercetin can also effectively prevent a wide range of cancers, including breast, prostate, colon, lungs and ovarian.
Zeaxanthin and lutein are two antioxidant compounds found in chives, which have also been linked to lowering chances of oral cancers and chives also boast high levels of vitamin C, which help reduce levels of free radicals in the body that can hasten the spread or appearance of cancerous cells.
Additionally, the carotenes found in chives – lutein and zeaxanthin – can reduce oxidative stress in the ocular system and delay the appearance of cataracts in the eye as well as help to slow or even prevent macular degeneration so, if you want to keep your eyes healthy, you need to start planting some chives now!
Chives also offer a mild diuretic effect and antibacterial qualities which, by stimulating urination, help rid the body of excess toxins like salts, water and even fat!
Give It A Try!
Here now are some chive ideas to help make your plate “Sing”: