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Alternative medicine in food - Shallots

"Shallots have six times the phenolic content than onions"

By: Anita Cherry

Shallots belong to the lily family (Liliacae) like onion, garlic and leeks. It is classified as Allium cepa var aggregatum. They are smaller and sweeter than onion and like garlic; its bulb divides into multiple sections. It digests better than onion when eaten raw. The bulbs are pulled from the ground and leaves are allowed to dry. The greens above the ground which are known as scallions are used as salads and for cooking. Shallots are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and folic acid. It also contains calcium, iron and has a high protein quality.

There has been a lot of research and studies done regarding the use of shallots for health conditions. Different analysis and studies have found that shallots contains two sets of compounds - sulfur compounds, such as allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) and flavonoids, such as quercetin. Flavonoid consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes since they are anti-cancer, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory.

ShallotsRecent studies have shown the potential health benefits of common onions and established that shallots are particularly effective against liver cancer cells.

Shallots have six times the phenolic content than onions. They help the liver eliminate toxins from the body and have saponins to inhibit and kill cancer cells.

Shallots are specifically linked to inhibiting human stomach cancer. It produces an anti-coagulant that thins the blood, exhibit strong anti-platelet activity, is very good for patients who have symptomatic atherosclerotic disease, cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. It aids brain function and thus protects against Alzheimer’s disease.

They can lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by preventing the degradation of insulin and increasing metabolism of glucose. Eating shallots daily helps in the growth of bone tissue and reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis by 20%. It contains Prostaglandin A-1, a powerful agent which can lower blood pressure. Sulfur content in shallots makes skin look younger. Daily intake of a little shallot will benefit in the long run. Shallots can be eaten raw or cooked till they are tender.

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Anita cherry is a health enthusiast who offers informative tips on health. For more information on health visit http://www.healthinfoforyou.com/

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