Onions are perhaps one of the most popular root crops in the world. They are used in a myriad of ways. As an ingredient to add flavor to dishes, caramelized, breaded and fried and even eaten raw in salads or alone. They are also considered a very strong antibacterial. Have you ever had your mother stuff your socks with onions when you were sick? Recently new research has shown that they are extremely rich in Quercetin, a potent Anti-COVID antioxidant that has shown the ability to neutralize spike proteins. Onions contain about 30-40mg per 100g depending on the variety. Let’s take a look at the other potential benefits they provide.
Effects on Immunity
Onions contain a decent amount of minerals and some vitamins, though none in significant amounts, save for Vitamin C, which is highly important for many bodily processes.
They also have a decent Potassium to Sodium ratio (190:4) which means that the more onions you have in your food, the more salt you can consume without experiencing negative effects.
Quercetin– As we mentioned above Quercetin is now under the spotlight as a potent antioxidant in COVID treatment. Aside from it’s ability to bind to and neutralize spike proteins, Quercetin is also able to inhibit inflammation in 5 different ways, helping yo to avoid severe and fatal symptoms.
Vitamin C- This nutrient is one of the first antioxidants utilized by your body, freeing up others like Glutathione and Quercetin to work against COVID infection.
As a wide scale commercial crop Onions are often grown with a lot of chemicals input. That’s why it is important to make sure to choose organic onions whenever possible.