Benefits Of Onions

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Sanjeyan N

1 month ago|1 min read


Onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks are all members of the lily (Liliaceae) family. Although onions are not as popular as garlic, they contain powerful compounds that are known to be beneficial to health. Onions are the foundation of many dishes, whether eaten raw, sautéed, baked, steamed, or boiled.

1. Packed with antioxidant compounds

Plant chemicals such as flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, are abundant in onions. When consumed in sufficient amounts and on a regular basis, these compounds may help protect against chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. In fact, onions contain over 25 different flavonoids, making them one of our diet's richest sources. Sulfur-containing compounds found in onions have been shown to protect against cancer.

2. It May be beneficial to heart health

One of the flavonoids found in onions, quercetin, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is thought that this, along with other beneficial compounds found in onions, may contribute to the vegetable's heart-healthy properties. According to research, eating onions may lower your risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels, and reducing inflammation.

3. It may benefit bone health

 Consumption of onions has been linked to increased bone density. This could be because of their antioxidant properties, which appear to reduce oxidative stress and prevent bone loss. According to a study involving peri- and postmenopausal women, eating onions on a regular basis reduced the risk of hip fracture. Another study on middle-aged women found that drinking onion juice reduced bone loss and increased bone density.

 4. It may help with gut health

Onions are high in fiber, particularly nondigestible fiber, which is essential for gut health. Although we cannot digest prebiotic fiber, the bacteria in our gut can, and they use it as fuel to help them multiply and produce byproducts known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs are important for gut health and integrity, as well as supporting our immunity and digestion, according to research.

5. Antibacterial properties

Studies show that onions have valuable antibacterial properties against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus, which are used in folk medicine to treat coughs, colds, and catarrh. Furthermore, the most potent onions appear to be older, stored onions. Quercetin appears to be helpful here as well, as it inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA).


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