A lot of people like onion that includes me, specially those deep fried onion rings. Most of the time onions are used to make meals tastier but did you know that these flavorful bulbs are packed with nutrients. They are super-healthy and a good source of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids and phytochemicals according to the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin.
Phytochemicals also known as phytonutrients are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants, fruits and vegetables. Research strongly suggests eating food rich in phytochemicals provides health benefits.
Flavonoids produce the pigments in some fruits, flowers and vegetables. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. It also may help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke according to recent studies.
A report on Food & Function in 2015, said that drinking onion juice daily about half a cup can improve bone mineral density (BMD) in post-menopausal women and based on the experiments done by experts it reduces hip fractures.
Onion can also reduce the symptoms of bladder infections, it is linked in cancer prevention, it promotes prostate health, and lower blood pressure. Chromium-rich foods like onions regulates blood sugar, by triggering increased insulin production. It can also be use for weight loss program, since it is a great source of an antioxidant called quercetin, which helps you burn more calories.
Onions are healthy whether if you cook them or eat them raw but raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that have health benefits. Also, high concentration of flavonoids is found in the outer layers of onion flesh.
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