By Shari Jainuddin, ND, BCB

Onions not only provide a spice to life, but they are beneficial to your health. Personally, I always loved onions, and if you check out the “3 Fun Facts” about me in our Newsletter, you’ll see that I used to eat them like apples at my grandmother’s farm. I also like to joke around that they are one of my favorite food groups.

Visually, they are unassuming and not full of bright colors we associate with more nutrient rich vegetables. But don’t let that fool you. Onions are high in flavonoid antioxidants. They are also nutrient dense, meaning they have a considerable amount of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, B6, B9 (folate), and potassium are its front runners. They are also considered a prebiotic, which feeds our good gut bacteria.

Various compounds in this power packed vegetable have been shown to help decrease allergic responses including asthma, reduce cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar (an antidiabetic affect), improve bone density in peri- and postmenopausal women, have antibacterial properties, promote gut health, and the support the immune system. Now that’s some spice in life I’ll take more of please!