Those tasty white and green onions that are common as garnishes on top of bowls of chili or various egg dishes also turn out to be incredibly good for your health. Scallions benefits one’s body in a multitude of different ways. They affect your senses, body systems and alleviate various ailments. Once you know how many different ways this humble herb can improve your health, you’ll be sure to add them to every supermarket list. Or order dishes they are featured in at restaurants.
Good for Your Eyes
It turns out that regular consumption of scallions are good for your eyes and help to improve vision. This is because it help to produce a protein called Rhodopsin due to the large amounts of Vitamin A that they contain. Rhodopsin is necessary for the retina to absorb more light and a regular production of it helps to prevent blindness and sharpen your vision. Regular consumption of scallions will also help prevent cataracts and corneal ulcers.
Boost Your Immune System
Most onions help strengthen and improve your immune system, but scallions are like super versions of onions, bulking up your immune system for any future threats. They have tons of phytochemicals, like flavanoids and anthocyanin and quercetin. When they are regularly consumed, they will keep your immune system robust. Some studies also have shown that regular consumption of scallions can help prevent cancers from forming. So while you should make sure to add scallions to your diet on a regular basis anyway, consuming them on a regular basis during cold and flu season is a great idea.
Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy
With both a tremendous amount of Vitamin A as well as a ton of Vitamin C, scallions also tend to be very healthy for one’s heart. The two vitamins as mentioned earlier have antioxidant properties that will protect cellular tissue and fight free radicals. Vitamin C will also help with high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease if not treated over time.
Help Strengthen Bones
It’s not just milk and cheese that can strengthen your bones with regular consumption. Beyond the multitudes of Vitamin C, scallions also contain a tremendous amount of Vitamin K, which helps to improve bone density. In about 12 grams there are about 20 micrograms of Vitamin K, which supports growth and strength in your bones. Eating scallions regularly also prevent bone diseases like Osteoporosis and arthritis.
Healthy Blood Vessels
We already know scallions are beneficial for the heart, so it only makes sense that they help the blood vessels in the human circulatory system as well. Scallions contain a compound called allicin, which relieves the stiffness in blood vessels by helping them to release nitric oxide. Stiff blood vessels can lead to blood clots, among other problems, which can then lead to strokes later in life.
Good for Digestion
The fact that scallions are good for digestion makes a lot of sense since they not only taste good but are often used as a garnish on meals that may cause indigestion. With anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, scallions can help kill bad bacteria you might consume that can lead to stomach sickness and diarrhea. Beyond that, the large amounts of Vitamin C in scallions can also improve food digestion in general.
Improve Overall Skin Health
That compound called allicin that is in the scallion will also help to protect and improve the overall health of your skin. Primarily, it reduces wrinkles and other forms of early aging. It will also help increase the glow and overall tone of your skin itself, as it fights against free radicals which are bad for just about everything in your body, but especially skin health.
Help Relieve Inflammation
Scallions have long been known to help with inflammation in various parts of the body. From internal inflammation to swollen feet, the quercetin anti-oxidant contained in these onions has both anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. There is also a sulfur compound that is contained in scallions which is useful for helping with swollen feet and fighting inflammation. However, to really help with swollen feet, eating them might not be enough. It is also recommended the onions are best made into a paste with water in a blender and then spread on the feet. Doing this on a regular basis can help to really cure this problem.
Help You Lose Weight
From a dietary perspective, scallions also have a number of health benefits. They can help you keep from gaining weight and becoming obese, due to the fact that they are very low calorie yet contain a lot of energy and nutrients. A cup of scallions contains about 32 calories and some studies have shown that regular consumption of scallions can help you actually lose weight, as long as you eat other healthy foods along with it. This may also be due to the fact that scallions also tend to boost your overall energy once you consume them. The concentrations of Vitamin C and some iron will help with this, alleviating tiredness and fatigue. The iron from scallions will also be absorbed very quickly, as it is considered a non-heme iron.
Helps to Heal Wounds
When it comes to healing wounds, the consumption of scallions can be very helpful, especially open wounds. The sulfur compounds contained in scallions are incredibly helpful for treating various open injuries, from sores to cuts to other wounds that have occurred recently. The anti-bacterial properties within scallions also help prevent and fight infection within the wounds once they have occurred, quickly killing the bacteria that cause wounds to get worse and more painful. By killing this bacteria, your body has more of an ability to heal.