Pickled Onions to Help Prevent Back Pain

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Onions to Help Prevent Back Pain

Onions to Help Prevent Back Pain

Pickling is a quick and easy way to get raw vegetables in your diet for the positive health impact from antioxidants. This recipe is one of my favorites to prepare for Sunday meal prep. Onions are a powerful addition to a salad, side for dinner, or a topping on sandwich. The acidity can help digest food and give you a boost in antioxidants. Onions are easy to cut and prep and can have healthy benefits to your blood sugar and can help liver function from hepatoprotective properties. Back pain can come from a proinflammatory process. Onions specifically inhibit pro-inflammatory mediators. Once inflammation settles in, we want to regulate it correctly to help function and prevent pain. Get your gut and back pain on the right tract with the recipe below.

Here is a quote from a research article on onions:

“Organo-sulfur and many phenolic compounds present in allium vegetables such as onion, garlic, leek and crucifers have recently been studied for their health-improving effects …. They also reported the antioxidant activity and their ability to inhibit the pro-inflammatory mediators. ”

“The outmost layers of the bulb showed the highest antioxidant activity with a distinct decreasing trend observed towards the innermost layers in all types of onion samples.

Give this recipe a try and let us keep our body’s health and stay pain free!

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  1. Combine the apple cider vinegar, juice, and salt in a measuring cup and whisk well.
  2. Pack the thin onion slices into a small jar.
  3. Pour the brine over the onions and use a fork to submerge the onions completely.
  4. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for 24 hours and enjoy!


Sidhu JS, Ali M, Al-Rashdan A, Ahmed N. Onion (Allium cepa L.) is potentially a good source of important antioxidants. J Food Sci Technol. 2019 Apr;56(4):1811-1819. doi: 10.1007/s13197-019-03625-9. Epub 2019 Feb 13. PMID: 30996417; PMCID: PMC6443770.,

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