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Aromatic plant with a look and taste between chives and garlic, garlic chives known also as Chinese garlic is rich in nutrients and is a food you should enter into your list of healthy foods.
Unlike chives or garlic, although it has its flavor, it is not so intense, so from the point of view of the smell Chinese garlic is a good alternative to consider.
Because it loses its flavor and much of its nutrients by drying, it is only consumed freshly. Garlic chives are a low calories food but high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
One tablespoon of chopped garlic chives provides 1 calorie, less than 1 gram of fat, protein, carbohydrate, 3 percent of required intake of vitamins A and C.
Also, contain folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine and iron.
The similar amount of garlic chives contains: choline, 6.4 micro grams of the vitamin K, 3 micro grams of folate, 3 milligrams of calcium, 1 milligram of magnesium, 2 milligrams of phosphorus and 9 milligrams of potassium.
Chives is a rich source of vitamin K, the vitamin is important for long-term bone health.
Vitamin K assists the regulation of that help to prevent bone demineralization.
It also helps with the production of a bone protein called osteocalcin, vital for maintaining bone mineral density.
Choline is an important nutrient that aids with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
This nutrient it also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammations in the body. Garlic chives contain alliin that helps to produce antioxidants, which in turn help fight free radicals.
Alliin is a sulfoxide that is a natural constituent of fresh Allium plants which it is a derivative of the amino acid cysteine. When fresh garlic is chopped or crushed, the alliinase converts alliin into allicin, which is responsible for the flavor
Moreover, this healthy food contains thiosulphinates that help prevent prostate cancer.
Chives also contain carotenes, zeaxanthin and lutein, which help protect against lung and oral cancers. 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of allium vegetables rich in quercetin can increase dopaminergic activity.
Dopamine turnover is linked to a reduction in depression.
Garlic chives leaves produce significant effects in reducing blood pressure.
Also, the consumption of Garlic Chives helps to the blood cholesterol due to the various components of the sulfur that it contains.
Chives can aid you with a stuffy nose and colds.
In order to benefit from nutrients and curative properties, the plant is used both salads, sauces or different recipes.
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