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Shallots

The Health Benefits of Eating Shallots

Shallots have such a close resemblance to onions that at first glance, you may be tempted to classify them as a smaller onion. But shallots are a different species but the same family as onions known as Alliums.

Alliums- example: shallots, onions, leeks, garlic and chives are known for their various nutrients and antioxidants.  

Alliums like shallots provide various health benefits, such as:

Cancer Risk reduction possibilities-

One of the most important benefits shallots are known for is their high amount of antioxidants, which can help lower your risk of certain cancers. These antioxidants that work together when sliced during preparation to form a new compound called allicin. This compound gives shallots and family members its cancer-fighting properties.

Helping with the body Cholesterol Levels-

The allicin within the shallots may also help regulate your cholesterol levels. It works by inhibiting the production of an enzyme in your liver responsible for cholesterol production. By helping manage your cholesterol levels.  This in turn may help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Decreasing Blood Pressure-

When potassium and allicin in shallots combine, they release a nitric oxide into your body/blood stream, which may help lower your blood pressure. Potassium is a well-known vasodilator, an agent that helps the walls of your blood vessels relax, allowing blood to move more freely.

Shallots have amounts of iron and copper, two minerals that are used in red blood cell production  

Researchers have studied the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits of shallots. They obtained liquid amounts of extracts from shallots and tested them on tumor cell lines. With this, the study concluded that the bulbs have strong anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, with many potential health benefits.

In another study, shallot bulb extracts were studied for their anti-angiogenic activity. Angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels, which play a critical role in the growth and spread of cancer to the healthy cells nearby. The study concluded that the extracts had strong anti-angiogenesis properties, which may help stop the spread of cancer!!!

 

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