Onions are a member of the Allium family. Most researchers agree the onion has been cultivated for 5,000 years or more and have a wealth of health giving properties.
Rich in flavour, onions also provide important nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals. They are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, B1, B6, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sulphur compounds and dietary fibre.
While wulphur can inhibit the body’s inflammatory response, Onions also contain Quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral. Quercetin is an antioxidant that can help delay or slow the oxidative damage to cells and tissue of the body.
Containing many compounds that can help to lower cholesterol and thin the blood, onions aid in fighting plaque formation and can help prevent blood clots. The nutrients in onions can also help counteract respiratory problems.
Did you know that eating onions might also prevent the growth of the ulcer-forming microorganism, Helicobacter pylori which can cause gastric ulcers?
Hopewood’s lifestyle book has some great recipes, which contain onions.
Why not try one of these today?