Onions are members of the Allium genus of flowering plants that also includes garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. These vegetables contain various vitamins, minerals and potent plant compounds that have been shown to promote health in many ways.
The pungent property in onions make people shed tears when they are cut. People eat raw onions in “kachumbari” and other meals, but not many people can agree to eat raw onions.
However, eating them has a lot of benefits and that’s what we will be shedding more light to in this article. Below are 8 benefits of eating raw onions you need to know;
1. Improved Immune System
Onion is rich in selenium. This is a mineral that reduces inflammation and also improves our body immunity. More so, they help prevent high immune activities thus maintaining a balanced body immunity.
2. Benefit Heart Health
Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk.
Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.
Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that’s highly concentrated in onions. Since it’s a potent anti-inflammatory, it may help decrease heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure.
A study in 70 overweight people with high blood pressure found that a dose of 162 mg per day of quercetin-rich onion extract significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by 3–6 mmHg compared to a placebo. Onions have also been shown to decrease cholesterol levels.
A study in 54 women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) found that consuming large amounts of raw red onions (40–50 grams/day if overweight and 50–60 grams/day if obese) for eight weeks reduced total and “bad” LDL cholesterol compared to a control group.
Additionally, evidence from animal studies supports that onion consumption may reduce risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation TAP HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE