Chives are scale-stem vegetables belonging to the Liliaceae family. A hybrid of green onion and green onion, it is widely distributed in Korea, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Chives, which are divided into early, middle, and late green onions depending on the harvest season, are characterized by a milder and softer taste than green onions. It is widely used as a spice vegetable that adds flavor and flavor to various dishes such as soups, soups, and stews. In particular, chive kimchi, made by adding salted anchovy soup, red pepper powder, minced garlic, ginger, and salt to chives, is the most representative dish made from chives.
In addition, chives are known to have a variety of beneficial effects on the body as they are rich in vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as various nutrients such as calcium, iron, and dietary fiber. It has a strong sterilizing power, such as green onion and garlic, and has been widely used as a tonic, gastric and diuretic since ancient times. Now, let’s find out what are the effects of chives and what are the side effects to watch out for one by one.
The main benefits of chives
1. Prevention of vascular disease
Chives are high in vitamin A content. It is said that if you eat 100g of chives, you can consume about half of your daily intake. Vitamin A, which is contained in such a large amount, controls cholesterol and regulates blood pressure, so it is said that it helps a lot in preventing adult diseases related to blood vessels such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and hyperlipidemia.
Chives also contain a large amount of garlic and onion, and are rich in allicin, a component that gives off a spicy taste. It is said that this allicin component helps the discharge of triglycerides from the blood vessels and suppresses the formation of blood clots that cause blood clots to harden and decrease blood flow, thereby helping to promote blood circulation and overall health of blood vessels.
2. Boost immunity
Chives contain a large amount of antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as polyphenols such as flavonoids, quercetin, and anthoxanthin. These various antioxidants have an excellent effect in removing free radicals that indiscriminately attack and damage cells, so they are effective in enhancing the immune system, the body’s defense system. In addition, allicin, which is abundant in chives, contains sulfur with excellent antibacterial and bactericidal action, so it has a beneficial effect on protecting the body from harmful bacteria and toxins that weaken the immune function. In particular, chives are said to be very helpful in preventing colds, which are easily caught in the changing seasons, when immunity tends to drop due to large daily temperature differences, or in winter when the bitter cold continues. It is said that if you have a cold or have chills due to a cold, you can get a good effect by taking a decoction of the root of chives.
3. Gastrointestinal health
Allicin, which is abundantly contained in chives, promotes the secretion of digestive juices, helps smooth digestion, and improves stomach bloating, which is said to help a lot in stomach health. In addition, chives are rich in dietary fiber, which helps to improve the intestinal environment through the promotion of beneficial bacteria. In addition, the effect of improving symptoms such as digestive inflammation or ulcer treatment, food poisoning, and diarrhea and vomiting caused by an upset stomach are among the effects of chives.
4. Fatigue recovery
Various vitamin components such as abundant vitamins A and C and various mineral components such as iron and calcium are involved in metabolic activity and blood circulation promotion, which is said to help replenish energy and recover from fatigue. It can be said that chives have been recognized for their excellent efficacy as a fatigue recovery and tonic agent over a long period of time, as it has been recorded in Donguibogam as being warm in nature, improving the spleen and kidneys, and relieving fatigue by invigorating energy. In addition, chives have a warm and spicy nature, so if consumed regularly, it is said to have a good effect on improving poor circulation.
The abundant allicin and polyphenol-based components contained in chives not only help with insulin secretion, but also help absorb glucose and normalize the immune system, helping to control blood sugar and prevent diabetes.
In addition, it is said that the chlorophyll component contained in the green stem of chives helps to improve oral health by suppressing bacteria in the mouth, and it is also said to help prevent periodontal-related diseases such as periodontitis. In addition, the prevention of anemia, hair health, and skin beauty are also said to be among the health benefits that can be obtained by consuming chives regularly.