Irrespective of how strong you are, onions will make you cry. However, aside the teary eyes, onions leave you with a world of good.
In this part of the world, it has almost become a taboo to prepare any meal without the inclusion of onions. But how much do we actually know about this wonderful bulb of goodness?
Onions are super healthy. They are excellent sources of Vitamin C, sulfuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals (1).
What exactly do we get out of onions?
These are natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables. They are also known as phytonutrients. They react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions.
These are responsible for the coloration of many fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that they may help reduce the risk of stroke, cardiovascular diseases and Parkinson’s disease.
This is a flavonoid of note which is usually found in sufficient quantities in onions. It acts as an antioxidant which may be linked to the prevention of cancer according to Angela Lemond; a Plano Texas based registered dietitian, nutritionist and spokesperson for the academy on nutrition and dietetics (2).
Fiber and Vitamins
Onions contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body generate healthy new cells.
Raw or Cooked?
Onions are healthy whether they are raw or cooked. Although the organic sulfur compounds found in raw onions Is much higher (3) compared to the quantity found in cooked ones.
Health Benefits of Onions
Combats Heart Problems
Regular consumption of onions has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks in numerous studies. Sulfur, which is a major components of onions acts as a natural blood thinner, thereby preventing the aggregation of blood platelets. The risk of heart attack naturally increases when platelets cluster together. Similarly, a 2016 study in the journal Redox Biology found that consuming onions increases oxylipins which help regulate blood fat levels and levels of cholesterol.
Onion sulfur also has Anti-Inflammatory potentials. Quercetin has also been found to relax the airway muscles and as a result, may provide relief of asthma symptoms.
Strengthens the Immune System
Poly phenol in onions act as antioxidants which protects the body against impurities. ()
Quercetin has been found to combat and restrict the growth of cancer cells in the breastfeeding, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors.
It Aids Digestion
Onion has been found to contain a special type of soluble fiber called oligo-fructose which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines.
It Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar
Onions contain chromium which assists in regulating blood sugar. The sulfur in onions lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production.()
It Improves Bone Density in Older Women
A 2009 study in the journal menopause found that daily consumption of onions improves bone density in women who are going through or have finished menopause.