Onions and garlic are both in the allium family and share many of the same health benefits. The word allium literally means “I smell,” and we all know onions are certainly known for their pungent scent.

– Onions are high in sulfuric compounds that have been shown to kill even salmonella and E. coli. These compounds also help prevent cancer and heart disease.

– In the past it was recommended to place bowls of onions around the room so they would absorb any germs around.

– Onions build both bone and mineral density to help prevent osteoporosis.

– Onions are so healthy, that even in this study when they were fried, they increased blood quercetin from 28.4 ng/ml to 248.4 ng/ml. It also increased participants’ overall antioxidant ability.

– Chewing on raw onion will relieve a toothache, kill germs, and help prevent tooth and gum disorders. Just be sure to brush your teeth really well afterward!

– Onions are full of fructooligosaccharides that encourage beneficial bacteria, yet target harmful bacteria in the gut.

– Onions lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin levels.