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 five benefits of eating raw onions;
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. Lower Cancer Risk
Eating onions daily will protect your body from cancer-causing agents. The organosulfur compound in onions inhibits actions of cancer-causing agents and also stops their activities in the intestines.
3. Lowers Risk Of Food Poisoning
Onions are rich in antibacterial compounds. The juice released from an onion has the ability to slow down or even stop the growth of certain microorganisms that cause food poisoning.
4. Helps In Allergy
Onions have quercetin supplements that help stop allergic-causing compounds like the histamines. Quercetin work by blocking the production of these compounds (histamines) in the body.
5. Improved Mood
Onions are rich in folate. These mineral compounds are responsible for inhibiting production of excess homocysteine compounds in the body. Excess homocysteine in the body block the production of mood and feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.