Though all vegetables are important for health some vegetables have unique benefits, Onions are one of them. Onions are members of flowering plants enriched with various vitamins, minerals, plant compounds, and antioxidants.
Onions have two compounds namely quercetin and anthocyanin, which contribute the characteristics to destroy breast and colon cancer cells. Further, this vegetable activates the pathways that incite the cancer cells to kill themselves. A study found that people with much consumption of onions had the lowest cancer risk.
Onions enriched in flavonoids and organosulfur can contribute to care heart health. Due to both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties onion has the potential to fight heart diseases. The flavonoids present in onion also help lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) ultimately improving good cholesterol and care for heart health simultaneously.
A fiber namely inulin present in the vegetable especially in onion acts as a food source for the beneficial bacteria in the intestine besides helps your body maintain good levels of these bacteria. Further, another soluble fiber called oligo fructose is present in onions found to prevent and treat different types of diarrhea. So we can easily say that onions are beneficial for digestive health.
Onions contain a mineral called selenium which not only stimulates immune functions but also prevents excessive immune response. Onions are also used as a herbal in the world as a remedy for the treatment of colds and flu. The tea of onion can give you an immunity boost and helps prevent ailments. Just cut an onion, boil it in water, and drink it with one spoon of honey, as this is a quick remedy for colds and other illnesses.
Onions have prebiotics fiber, and when the beneficial bacteria in the gut digest this fiber, they multiply and improve gut health resultantly the release of metabolic byproducts these byproducts can influence brain function and induce sleep.
The Sulphur stimulates the production of a protein namely glutathione, which play as an antioxidant, and a higher level of this antioxidant reduced risk of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. The Sulphur present in the onions along with selenium not only reduced the risk of the above-narrated diseases eyes but also supports vitamin E which protects the cells in the eye.
Several researchers recommended that the harmful toxins in the brain may bind & flush out of the body with the help of antioxidants present in onions. Further, age-related memory loss can be slowed down by the sulfur-containing compounds present in onions. Besides this, a Sulphur compound namely di-n-propyl trisulfide present in onions improves memory damage.