Stroke Prevention: An Onion a Day
Whether you're topping a hot dog or preparing fajitas, onions can help in stroke prevention. In fact, you might be surprised at the many health benefits of onions. They are brimming with flavonols, and new research suggests that these nutritional veggies could downsize the risk of stroke by as much as 20%.
Fabulous, Flavorful Flavonols
The key flavonol compounds for stroke prevention appear to be myricetin, apigenin, luteolin, kaempferol, and quercetin. But don't worry about pronouncing them. Just know that they have inflammation-cooling effects -- especially the quercetin -- and that translates into a lower risk of stroke-inducing blood clots. Flavonols also appear to relax and dilate blood vessels, another buffer against strokes.
More Foods with Flavonols
Aside from the benefits of onions, tea seems to be the major source for flavonols in many people's diets. Not a tea drinker? No worries. Onions contain a much more bioavailable form than tea does. Or get your flavonol fix from apples, broccoli, dark leafy greens, or berries. Here's a long list of flavonoid-rich foods.