Shallots, the tiny, little onions are like a must-have ingredient in Indian kitchens be it for adding that extra flavor to aromatic sambar, to spice up a tangy chutney and even for seasoning.
Closely related to garlic, shallots belong to the group of allium vegetables. The colour ranges from golden brown to rose-red and has a pulpy white inner flesh.
Ayurveda recommends its innumerable healing properties to treat sore throats, infections, gut issues, stomach bloating etc.
Prepping shallots can be a teary process due to the presence of sulphuric compound allinase, but the nutrition in these baby onions more than makes up for it. Shallots are loaded with an array of nutrients including essential Vitamins A, B, C, minerals like potassium, manganese. It is also a good source of dietary fibre and heaped with immune boosting peptides play a major role in preventing cancer, promote cardiovascular health and keep infections at bay.
Lowers Cancer Risk
Shallots are well-known for its ability to restrict the growth of cancer cell formation and reduce the risk of cancer. Evidence reveals that ethyl acetate extracts of shallots and other onions are potent in slowing down the growth of cancer cells. Regular use of shallots in our daily cooking can lower the risk of stomach cancer due to its strong anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Promotes Heart Health
The antioxidants allicin and quercetin in shallots possesses antihypertensive properties and help in stabilizing the blood pressure. The goodness of antioxidants allicin guards the heart by lowering the levels of free radical damage by stimulating the production of glutathione that has a positive effect on your heart health. The enzymes present in shallots lower cholesterol, help in dilating the blood vessels, and improve circulation.
Shallots play a vital role in removing the toxins from the bloodstream and help in detoxifying. It stimulates the secretions of digestive enzymes and aid in detoxifying the liver. In addition, the richness of organic Sulphur compound in shallots is an essential compound required by liver that assists in the detoxification process.
Improves Brain Health
The richness of folate in shallots works wonders for brain health by improving the brain functioning and folate also protects your body’s DNA and RNA. An important component pyrithione in shallots fight brain inflammation and improve neurological functioning. The anti-inflammatory properties of shallots prevent Alzheimer’s disease, calm the nerves and cure any nervous irritability.
The strong antiviral and antibacterial properties of shallots help in curing allergies and infections. Shallots help in treating respiratory allergies like a sore throat, phlegm, headache and certain food allergies.