Health Tips: The Many Benefits of Onions

Did you know researchers are discovering how onions may help to mitigate bone loss, reduce the risk of heart disease, and possess anti-inflammatory properties to help protect the body against some cancers, brain disorders, and diabetes?

“While additional research is needed, there is a growing body of evidence that the essential nutrients and antioxidants in onions could have considerable health benefits,” says Kim Reddin, Consumer Advocate of the National Onion Association.

Women ages 50 and over who eat onions frequently may decrease their risk of hip fracture by more than 20 percent compared to those who never consume onions, according to results from a lab rat study. Reddin points out that this may be due to a peptide known as GPCS that is found in onions and hinders the breakdown of bone.

Research shows that regular onion consumption (in addition to a healthy diet and exercise) may help lower high cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as improve circulation. Thiosulfates in onions are natural blood thinners and reduce clotting.