Onions have been recognized for thousands of years for the myriad of health benefits they offer. They were even used as forms of payment in the Middle Ages and considered an object of worship by the Egyptians.
Here’s a quick look at what they have to offer:
Onions are low in calories but high in nutrients such as vitamins C and B as well as potassium.
There are over 25 varieties of flavonoid antioxidants in onions that can help protect your cells from damage that leads to disease.
• Heart Health
Research has shown that onions may contribute to decreasing your risk of heart disease factors including high blood pressure, blood clots, inflammation, and high cholesterol.
• Blood Sugar Control
Compounds in onions such as quercetin may have antidiabetic effects and have been shown to help regulate and lower blood sugar levels.
Another perk of the quercetin found in onions is its ability to fight bacteria such as E. coli and MRSA, among others.
• Bone Health
The combination of boosting antioxidant levels and reducing oxidative stress from eating onions may reduce bone loss and even increase bone density.
Onions are a good source of fiber and prebiotics that can help improve digestion and boost healthy gut bacteria.