Spring onion or green onions may be used in rather small quantities in various food preparations but they sure provide some very vital nutrients. Read on to know about some of the surprising health benefits of eating them.

Most of the Chinese and continental preparations use spring onions either as a garnish or as a part of the food preparations. Here are some very useful health benefits offered by the green onions.

For heart. Spring onion is loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin C, which prevents oxidative damage of our body by the free radicals and helps to lower the blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. Sulfur present in spring onion is also beneficial to lower the risk of heart problems.

For bones. These onions are loaded with vitamin C and K. Vitamin C helps in the synthesis of collagen, which strengthens the bones and vitamin K helps to improve the bone density.

For lungs. Spring onions offer antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can naturally treat flu, viral infections, common cold, aids in expelling of sputum from the body, and stimulates the activity of the respiratory system.

For eyes. These onions contain carotenoids such as zeaxanthin and lutein, which protects the eyes, maintains normal vision, prevents inflammation, and fights macular degeneration.

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Against cancer. These are rich in sulfur-containing compounds ‘allyl sulfides’, which lower the risk of colon cancer.

Maintains blood sugar levels. Sulfur present in green onions also helps to lower the blood sugar levels by promoting the release of insulin from the body.

For stomach health. It prevents diarrhea, improves appetite, and promotes regular stomach clearance.

Against infection. Sulfur present in spring onion restricts the fungal growth, vitamin K in it assists in clotting of the blood, vitamin C in spring onion protects the body against free radical damage, it also improves the circulation of blood, and helps in the absorption of vitamin B1 that reduces stress on the body.