Is Onion Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Onion is good for high blood pressure. Because it has quercetin and dietary fiber and they can help lower blood pressure and regulate blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that affects your circulatory system, specifically the arteries.

In hypertension, your body experiences increased force against the artery walls as blood is pumped through them.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

One of the key factors in managing hypertension is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure levels, which can impact your hypertension symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hypertension, you should consume potassium, antioxidants, and fiber rich foods like bananas, spinach, and berries and avoid sodium rich foods like processed meats, canned soups, and fast food.

Now, onion is a vegetable. People usually eat them raw in salads, cooked in various dishes, or as a seasoning.

Onion is good for high blood pressure because it contains quercetin and heart-healthy fibers.

Quercetin is an antioxidant that may help lower high blood pressure.

A medium-sized onion can give you approximately 3.4% of your daily potassium needs, 9% of your daily vitamin C needs, and a good amount of dietary fiber.

Quercetin can positively affect high blood pressure by helping to lower it.

Dietary fiber can positively affect high blood pressure by regulating blood pressure levels.

Furthermore, onion is a vegetable and vegetables are good for high blood pressure.

Because, they contain nutrients that support cardiovascular health.

You can eat a medium-sized onion per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive discomfort in some people.

Also, you shouldn’t eat onion if you have/suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to prevent worsening of symptoms.

Because onions are high in FODMAPs, which can trigger IBS symptoms.

You can buy fresh onions in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose firm onions with dry, papery skin.

Because they are likely to be fresher and last longer.

You can store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place for up to 2 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with high blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a hypertension-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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