Today we’re going to look at the health benefits of onions. Just as there are multiple layers to this vegetable, with multiple ways you can cook it, there are also multiple health benefits of onions.
Onions belong to the allium family of vegetables, which include garlic, shallots, chives, and leeks. This means they are a good source of sulfur, which help in both detoxification and protein formation. But they also have important antibacterial and immune-boosting properties.
And while modern day medicine is beginning to acknowledge these health benefits, onions have been used since the beginning of recorded history as key to treating a wide range of health concerns.
A medium onion is only 44 calories but packed with key vitamins and minerals. It is high in vitamin C, which is a key nutrient in helping to regulate your immune system. And as a powerful antioxidant, it helps to protect you from free radical damage. This means that it can aid in reducing cellular membrane damage and inflammation.
Onions are also a good source of both B6 and B9, which aid in regulating your immune system. Plus these two B vitamins play a key role in metabolism, nerve function, and the production of red blood cells.
And like bananas, they are a good source of potassium, which is key for proper muscle relaxation.
As already noted onions help to fight inflammation. Inflammation is at the heart of almost all cardiovascular health issues.
A key antioxidant found in onions is the flavonoid quercetin, which has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to reduce heart disease risk factors. One of which is helping to reduce cholesterol levels.
As I’ve shared many times in my health articles, antioxidants protect you from free radical damage. Plus they inhibit oxidation. It is oxidized LDL cholesterol that typically starts plaque formation in the vascular system.
Onions contain over 25 different flavonoid compounds, which all act as excellent sources of antioxidants.
Particular to red onions is the flavonoid called anthocyanins. There are multiple population studies that show how a diet rich in anthocyanins can lower the risk of a heart attack in men by 14% and for women by 32%.
Cancer Fighting Compounds
Vegetables in the Allium family have been linked to lower risk for stomach and colorectal cancers. In a review of multiple studies in this area, those that consumed the highest amount of allium vegetables lowered their risk for stomach cancer by 22%. And lowered their risk for colorectal cancer by 15%.
Onions contain a sulfur-containing compound called onionin A, which helps to inhibit tumor development for ovarian and lung cancers.
Blood Sugar Control
Blood sugar control is extremely beneficial for both prediabetic and diabetic people. Both quercetin and sulfur compounds help diabetics better control their blood sugar levels. And specific to quercetin, this ingredient interacts with the small intestine, pancreas, liver, fat tissue, and skeletal muscles to help regulate blood sugar.
While not know for this benefit, one study of post and perimenopausal women showed that those who ate onions daily had greater bone density than those who only consumed them once a month or less.
Again we come back to quercetin as a powerful way to fight harmful bacteria. Multiple studies have clearly identified this ingredient as key in helping the immune system respond properly to unwanted bacteria.
Excellent Prebiotic Source
Prebiotics are fiber sources that are key to optimal gut health. They are nondigestible fibers to you but key sources of digestible food to your good bacteria. This helps to strengthen your gut health, reduce inflammation in the small intestine, and boost your immune system.
As you can see there are multiple health benefits of onions. Now if you’re like me and don’t like the taste of onions, then just focus on the health benefits of quercetin. Either way, these nutritional ingredients will help you improve your overall health.
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