Onions are a rich source of biotin, manganese, copper, phosphorus, fiber, Vitamin B6, and folate besides other biologically active nutrients. Onions contain phytochemicals which stimulate the body triggering health benefits. Flavonoids are vital in helping avoid memory loss in old age resulting from Perkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Onions are of much benefit to cardiovascular health, boosting immunity, excretion, muscle development, and prevention of excessive inflammation
Help Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases
Onions have been found to contain sulfur which helps in avoiding blood clotting in the body. The anti-clotting ability of onions is vital in the avoidance of unwanted sticking together of blood platelets inside blood vessels. A blood clot/ embolism can lead to thrombosis in the legs with the potential of the clot going to the head causing stroke or in the heart causing a heart attack. Sulfur has also been found to enhance the functioning of the red blood cells by improving their membrane function.
Onions contain oxylipins such as Omega 3 fatty acid molecules which help optimize metabolism. Oxylipins are oxidized fats made from polyunsaturated fatty acids. Fatty acids are key in the regulation of blood fat and cholesterol. In addition, eating onions help regulate blood sugar and lower obesity. Onions help in flavoring your food without the need to add salt and sugar. Sugar increases the risk of weight gain while salt increases the risk of blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Onions do not contain sodium, fat or cholesterol and are low in calories.
Onions are rich in Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
Onions are rich in vitamin C and manganese. Vitamin C and manganese are crucial for the protection of the body’s DNA, RNA, and the structure of other body cells. Vitamin C is essential in the body’s detoxification process since it helps keep the body enzymes in place. Manganese helps break down superoxide dismutase to help the mitochondria produce energy using oxygen. The body requires being protected against antioxidants to be able to produce energy.
Onions contain anti-inflammatory phytonutrients such as flavonoids and quercetin. Onions help enhance our immune system by inhibiting macrophages activity in the white blood cells thus avoid excessive inflammation. Red onions are especially more rich in quercetin which prevent excessive inflammation.
Maintaining Blood Sugar Balance
Onions have been found to help in maintaining the level of blood sugar. Diabetes is an ailment resulting from the body’s inability to maintain the required levels of blood sugar on its own by regulating the amount of insulin produced by the pancreases. Onions contain quercetin which helps in the building of skeletal muscle, enhances the body’s sensitivity to insulin and improve mitochondrial metabolism. Quercetine helps in shaping the genetic composition of the body thus improving mitochondrial function in the muscles of the skeleton and enhanced sensitivity to insulin and glucose. Enhanced skeletal metabolism helps in weight loss and reduction of obesity.
Help Prevent Bacterial Infection
Onions have been found useful in the prevention of bacterial infections. Onions contain flavonoids which help in the fight against bacteria. The Streptococcus bacteria is responsible for the development of tooth cavities. Onions are also a helpful way of preventing gum diseases and maintaining of fresh breath. Freshly cut onions eaten raw are however more effective in helping fight bacterial infections. Cooking or exposing cut onions to the air reduces the efficiency of flavonoids
Onions Help Prevent Cancer
Eating onions have helps prevent some forms of cancer from developing. These cancers include; cancer of the colon, mouth, oesophagus, ovary, and larynx. Onions contain an anti-cancer chemical compound known as allium. Onions contain prebiotics which helps in the nourishment of beneficial bacteria in the body’s system. Inulin is a water-soluble variety of dietary fiber present in onions. The beneficial bacteria are useful in aiding the digestion process and food absorption in the bloodstreams. Besides, the beneficial bacteria has been found to help in enhancing the body’s immune system. Inulin has many health benefits such as changing the composition of the gut microbiota to be able to attain weight loss and reduces the risk of diabetic attack. Additionally, inulin helps to improve glycemic control and antioxidant activity among diabetic women. Inulin helps prevent constipation and inhibits the growth of H. pylori bacteria which causes ulcers.