The Health Benefits of Onions

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition, Super Foods
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

Onions are an interesting food. When you eat them raw, the taste is quite sharp. But sauté them in a pan, and they get sweeter as they cook. They’re also an extremely versatile food—adding flavor to salads, sauces and many different dishes. But what many people don’t realize the health benefits of onions. In fact, onions are one of the mostpowerful foods for keeping your heart healthy and heart disease at bay.

The Health Benefits of Onions

Onion health benefits include the promotion of thinner blood and breaking up blood clots, which helps to stave off heart disease. Plus, onions contain a very powerful antioxidant called quercetin, which has been shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure in hypertensive patients. In one study, participants took 730 mg of quercetin daily for one month, and the group averaged a solid drop of seven systolic points and five diastolic points.

What’s the best way to eat onions? For the biggest onion health benefits, eat them raw, as they retain their greatest medicinal punch before they are cooked. Try slicing them and using them to top your salads or adding them to sandwiches. I think raw onions are delicious with sardines. You can also enjoy the health benefits ofonions cooked.

Recipes with Onion Health Benefits

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to eat onions?

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