The Brain Benefits of Onions (Yes, Onions)

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Who doesn’t love the fragrance of onions cooking on the stove? It warms the heart and whets the appetite for a good, hearty meal. Now we’re learning that those onions not only smell good, they may also help protect our brains from the effects of aging.

Onions, a staple in many cultures and diets around the world, are a nutrition powerhouse. They’re loaded with vitamin C, flavonoids, potassium and B vitamins. And it’s those B vitamins that may be beneficial for your brain.

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A Harvard study showed that vitamin B (folate) seems to sweep away the debris that can clog the brain and lead to cognitive decline as people age. Folate breaks down a compound called homocysteine, which can build up in the blood and increase the risk of stroke and dementia.

You could pop a vitamin B tablet, but experts say it’s better to go straight to the source — and one of the best sources is the humble onion. So to help keep your brain healthy, get chopping and get your folates the tasty way.

Want to find out about the upsides of onions? Read Brain Benefits of Onions May Leave You Crying for More

This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide any expert, professional or specialty advice or recommendations. Readers are urged to consult with their medical providers for all questions.

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