Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Recipe for Health – “Chive talkin”

Chives are good for your health and that’s no” jive talkin”.  Chives were listed as a medieval herb that both enhance food and treat us medicinally. Most medieval herbal medicine date back to Greece and to two authors on herbal medicine; Galena and Dioscorides. After the crusades, discoveries from the Arabic physicians came to Europe. Salerno Italy spread the word throughout Europe. The non-medicinal use of herbs was documented and printed in the ‘housewives advice’ book from the 1500’s and 1600s’. Chives, as a culinary herb, appears in this book.

The health benefits of chives, like most herbs is found within its oil. It is the oil that releases the aromatic flavor. Chives are part of the genus allium which include, garlic, onions, scallions and leeks. These strong smelling herbs have been cultivated since earliest of times as important vegetables, flavorings and medicinal plants.

The strong odor so typical of these plants is due to a variety of sulfur compounds. They are reported to have beneficial effects on the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems. 

Studies have shown that populations who have higher intakes of allium in their diet show a lower risk for cancers, such as esophageal, stomach and prostate. Further the leaves of the chive plant are rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants.

Chives are a good source of vitamin K. The most important role of vitamin K is to coagulate blood. Although vitamin K is found in food it is also created by the bacteria in our intestines which technically make it not a vitamin.

When chives are consumed with foods they aid indigestion. Chives help the body digest fatty foods, such as cheese. So if you are eating a heavy cheese meal it would be a good idea to add a little chopped chive.

Chives are also a good diuretic. They help with fluid retention, as well as circulation and act as an anti-inflammatory food.

So when it comes to chives; remember there is no jive about it; a little chopped chives added to your meal keeps things movin’ and groovin’!

When it comes to your health keep “chive talkin!”

 Doctor Lynn

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