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How Adding Onions to Your Meals Can Improve Your Health

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Red Onions have very high levels of flavonoids (also collectively known as Vitamin P and citrin), which will help strengthen a week cardiovascular system.

Onions, one of your kitchen staples, is nearly a perfect match for virtually all types of cuisines. It matches and accentuates any dish that it is used in, and because it comes in such a distinct variety, it can be added anywhere to increase nutritional content. Use white onions in soups or sauces, red in salads or sandwiches and green when you need to add some color to an otherwise boring dish.

Onions are members of the Allium family, like garlic, and have a pungent odor due to its high levels of sulfur compounds. However, these odor causing compounds are partially responsible for onion’s health promoting effects. They are also very high in chromium, which is directly related to nutrient metabolism within the body, and can lower the levels of glucose after meals within the body. The lowering of blood sugar is a great reason in itself to increase your intake of onions on a daily basis because it can help reduce the risk of diabetes and the inability of your body to produce insulin.

Onions especially red ones have very high levels of flavonoids which will help strengthen a week cardiovascular system. An increased intake will help with the prevention of serious heart disease such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. Onions have actually been proven to contribute to a reduction in heart disease in several clinical studies, of up to 20%.

Regularized intake of onions promotes good digestion by increasing “good” bacteria within the intestines, as well as a reducing the risk of developing colon cancer. Another flavonoid, quercitin, that is present in onions has been shown to stop growth of tumors in animals and can help protect the cells in the colon from developing cancerous growths. Studies have shown that treatment with quercitin in people with precancerous polyps have a decrease in 50 – 60% within a six month period. Onions reduce the risk of most cancers by a minimum of 20% and sometimes up to 83%.

Onions can also help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth with its naturally occurring antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Use onions regularly in your meals to help boost your immune system to prevent infections or catching a cold.

In addition to all the added health benefits of onions, they also pack a nutritious punch towards your daily recommended value of vitamins and minerals. Onions are a great source of vitamin C and B6, fiber, manganese, folate, potassium, phosphorus and copper. Be sure to eat a serving of onions a minimum of four times per week to enjoy all its wonderful benefits.
 


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