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Onion cures heart diseases, blood sugar, – Nutritionist

By Sade Adewale, Ondo

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A Nutritionist, Mrs Sumbo Ilemobola, has advised Nigerians to eat onions regularly to control blood sugar and low calories in the body.

Ilemobola who stated this in an interview with The Hope in Ondo city, said onions contain vitamins, minerals and potent plant compounds that improves health.

According to her, onions are used for treating ailments like headaches, heart diseases and mouth sores.

The expert, while urging Nigerians to consider making consumption of onions  part of their daily diet, noted that it has low calories, but high in nutrients, such as vitamin BC  and potassium.

According to her, eating onions control blood sugar, which was significant for people with diabetes or prediabetes, noting that compounds found in onions such as quercetin and sulfur compounds possessed anti-diabetes.

Ilemobola added that onions, especially the red ones were rich in anthocyanins, which were powerful plant pigments that protected against heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.

She posited that onions  reduced oxidative stress, boost antioxidant levels and decrease bone loss, which may prevent osteoporosis and boost bone density.

She also noted that onions were rich in Vitamin C, which also acted as a powerful antioxidant in the body to protect the cells against damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals.

“Onions are also rich in B vitamins, including folate (B9) and pyridoxine (B6), which play key roles in metabolism, red blood cell production and nerve function. They are a good source of potassium, a mineral that many people are lacking.

“Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that is highly concentrated in onions. Since it is a potent anti-inflammatory, it helps decrease heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure.”

Ilemobola, therefore, advised people to consume more foods rich in anthocyanins in order to avoid risks of heart disease.

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