Why I Love Onions

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Not only do onions taste great, but they can also help you steer clear of cardiovascular problems!

They derive much of their heart-protective qualities from the flavonoid quercetin. One Dutch study showed that elderly men who regularly ate quercetin-rich foods (like onions, apples, and green tea) had reduced risks of sudden cardiac death. The more quercetin in the diet, the lower the risk of sudden cardiac death became.

I also value the fibrinolytic qualities of onions, which means they promote the dissolving of blood clots. In addition, onions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels.

And did you know that onions have a thermogenic effect that raises body temperature and helps to prevent circulatory problems?  While there aren’t any studies to support it, that thermogenic effect may be why some patients have told me that eating a lot of salads with raw onions have helped them lose weight.

For best medicinal results, you should eat onions raw. According to animal studies, cooked onions don’t have the same medicinal punch. Raw onions are delicious with sardines, on sandwiches, and in salads, and you can easily add them to your favorite dishes.

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