Shallots are related to garlic and vary in colour from golden brown to rose-red. Having been cultivated for thousands of years, shallots are mentioned in various Greek literature and history. The versatility of the vegetable makes it a popular one, it can be added to salads or be made into pickles.
Health Benefits Of Shallots
1. Improve blood circulation
Rich in iron, copper, and potassium, consuming shallots can help stimulate the production of red blood cells. This in turn help in improving your blood circulation, transportation of more oxygen to important areas of the body, improving energy levels and also improve cell regrowth  .
2. Manage cholesterol
Shallots contain a compound called allicin, which can help manage the cholesterol levels in your body. The compounds produce an enzyme called reductase (produced in the liver) which can help in controlling the cholesterol production  .
3. Improve heart health
As aforementioned, shallots are rich in allicin and thereby help in managing the cholesterol levels in your body. This property helps in improving your heart health because low levels of cholesterol in the body can help prevent the onset of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes  .
4. Reduce blood pressure
Rich in potassium and allicin, the combination of these two act as a vasodilator, promoting the release of nitric oxide in the body – directly impacting the high blood pressure levels. Potassium helps in relaxing the walls of the blood vessels and promotes free blood flow  .
5. Control diabetes
Allium and allyl disulfide, two phytochemical compounds found in shallots possess anti-diabetic properties. These compounds help in managing and regulating the levels of blood sugar in the body.
6. Enhance brain function
Gamma-aminobutyric acid present in shallots is a key neurotransmitter which has a direct impact on relaxing your brain. Also, various minerals and vitamins found in shallots, including pyridoxine promote the same function, calming your nerves and providing relief from stress  .
7. Maintain bone density
Shallots are rich in calcium, which makes them beneficial for not only maintaining but also improving your bone density. Consuming shallots regularly can be exceptionally good for your bone health  .
Apart from these benefits, shallots are exceptionally good for hair growth and also for your skin.