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Health Benefits of Eating Onions

Health Benefits of Eating Onions

Foods in the Allium family (onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, and chives) are associated with a number of health benefits, including:

a reduced risk of gastric cancer1, when eating in large quantities;
reduced risk of blood clots. Note that if the onions are steam-cooked2, this benefit is reduced;
improved sleep and mood;
healthier skin and hair.3
red onions in particular contain high amounts of Quercetin, which boosts immunity and has an anti-inflammatory effect.4
Onions are more beneficial when eaten raw. However, cooked onions still retain sufficient nutrients to be beneficial to health.

Some more benefits of onions are:

Act as an antibiotic, particularly for infections in the mouth.5
and have antiseptic properties.
High amounts of the flavonoid Quercetin (especially in the red variety) make onions beneficial for relieving allergy and asthma symptoms, controlling cholesterol and hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis.6
Essential onion oil may benefit diabetics by lowering the level of glucose in the blood.7
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