Onion belongs to the genus Allium, the most important of the Liliaceae family, which includes more than 500 species.
Onion is a vegetable rich in highly volatile and spicy sulphuric essential oils.
1. Onions are composed of vitamins A, B, C, folic acid, sulfur, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine, potassium, zinc and sodium.
Benefits for your health
2. It contains one of the most powerful antioxidants, quercetin, which helps prevent osteoporosis.
3. Other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, along with quercetin, fight free radicals and decrease the chances of developing cancer by strengthening the immune system.
4. Its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory qualities make onions an adjuvant in the treatment of colds, nasal congestion, infections, and some pains produced by inflammation.
5. The prebiotics present in onions offer great benefits by promoting the development of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that aid digestion.
6. The active components of onions, allicin and alliin, have antithrombotic properties (prevent the formation of blood clots) and contribute to reducing blood pressure.
7. A research made in the United Kingdom showed that its thiosulfinates (sulfur compounds responsible for its smell) protect against cardiovascular diseases.
Benefits for your beauty
8. Onion acts in a general way on the skin, helping to cure and regenerate it.
9. In scars, onion extract applied topically can improve collagen in the area to be treated, especially in terms of color, not so much in shape and texture.
10. A high level of sulfur in the collagen tissues helps prevent hair loss and thinning hair problems.
You can eat it in different dishes, raw, roasted, or cooked. It is a very versatile ingredient to accompany any other food. Raw red onion contains a higher amount of antioxidants (quercetin).