Health and Nutritional Benefits

The following nutrients are provided in a tablespoon (1gram) of chopped chives, according to the USDA:

(% of DV)

Energy 0.9 calories
Vitamin K 6.38 mcg 5%
Vitamin C 1.74 mcg 2%
Vitamin A 6.43 mcg 1%
Folate 3.15 mcg 1%
Calcium 2.76 gram <1%
Potassium 8.88 <1%

Given these data, more than the average serving size of chives must be eaten to get its health benefits. 

  • Chives are low in calories, but dense in beneficial nutrients including vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.   
  • Based on some research, allium vegetables, including chives, could have anti-cancer effects. Other studies point out that chives may help improve a person’s sleep and bone health.
  • Chives are rich in vitamin K, an important nutrient for bone health and blood clotting.
  • The B vitamin in folate plays a role in the prevention of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, congenital heart, cognitive function, etc.
  • Chives also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids. These substances could benefit eyesight.

You get the whole range of culinary and health and medical benefits with chives herb. Make growing it your next project.