Promote Good Skin
The skin is the largest organ in the human body which acts as our primary defense against foreign invaders, and should have our attention when it comes to maintaining its overall health. Chives contain beta-carotene which helps to ensure that the skin is spotless and smooth, as it also helps to clear up the appearance of acne. They also contain vitamin C and Vitamin E, which are antioxidants that buffer free radical damage initiated by the sun. Vitamin C also improves the elasticity of the skin so blood supply is improved, and wound healing accelerated, thanks to increased collagen synthesis.
In a study published in the medical journal Molecules, French scientists found that chives showed antibacterial action against five different bacteria tested, including: Staphylococcus, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli. They also found that chives were most effective against these bacteria when used in their natural, raw state and that they lost some of their effectiveness when heated. Considering the state of antibiotic resistant bacteria, enjoying chives on a regular basis may confer some protection.
Sore Throat Remedy
Romanian scientists assessed the traditional Romanian use of chives to relieve sore throats. Their findings, published in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology indicate that an alcohol extract of chives is an effective sore throat remedy, largely because of the herb’s potent anti-inflammatory properties.