Sunday, June 20, 2021

Health Benefits of the Simple Onion

Never mind the tears they bring, onions are an ace ally in your fight against disease. A prized member of the lily family, onions lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food. Not to mention you can buy a bundle from the grocery store for mere pennies.

Here’s a quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits:

  • The phytochemicals in onions, along with their vitamin C, help improve immunity.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Got stung by a honeybee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often.
  • The latest research report in the authoritative journal Nature suggests that onions are the best vegetable to help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Cardiologists at Harvard Medical School pointed out that half a raw onion a day can increase your good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, by 30 percent.

A pile of red onions.
A prized member of the lily family, onions lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

And more

In addition, drinking red wine with chopped onion soaked for a week in the refrigerator can be effective for the treatment of gout. Also, onion emits a substance that can purify indoor air.

Which type of onions is the healthiest? Researchers from Cornell studied 11 onion varieties and found that shallots and Western yellow onions were the healthiest for their phenolic and flavonoid content.

A great way to enjoy onions is to slice them really thin, squeeze some lemon juice on top and add a little salt. Sprinkling a few freshly washed cilantro leaves adds fragrance and flavor to this simple, quick salad, without which no dinner is complete.

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Raven Montmorency
Raven Montmorency is a pen name used for a writer based in India. She has been writing with her main focus on Lifestyle and human rights issues around the world.
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