People’s feelings about onions are mixed. But, the results of Business Wire research say that 87% of the Americans like onions, which is good of course.
You can find many different types of onions, including yellow, white, red, Spanish, sweet. No matter which type you eat, they are in the group of the healthiest foods in the world, no doubt about that.
Onion is Made Of…
Onions are loaded with vitamin C, flavonoids, sulphuric compounds and other phytochemicals that give the onion its healing characteristics.
“If you like to avoid the visits to your doctor, you should eat onions every day”, says an old saying.
Onions are rich source of polypheinols, whicha are crucial for the prevention and disabling the progression of ailments like diabetes, cancer and many different neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
It is a fact that onions include more polyphenols than garlic or leeks. These polyphenols are very important for incrasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in the gut – which is very important for your health, weight and immune system.
The Power of Onions
Flavonoid quercetin is one of the greatest health components in this vegetable.
It has been proven by many studies that quercetin is potent antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory characteristics. It also prevents and heals chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
A study made at the University of Maryland Medical Center, quercetin is very effective in preventing the release of histamine – chemical in the organism that causes allergic reactions, which means that onions are very effective antihistamines.
Also, the onions are useful for:
- Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth
The National Onion Association states that the onions are dietary anti-carcinogen.
“In review on the effects of quercetin… people in the highest intake group versus the lowest had a 50% decreased risk of cancers of the stomach and alimentary and respiratory tracts. “
Also, another research has provend that the onions are loaded with organic sulfurs, which disable many cancers.
- Regulate Diabetes
According to a research, onion extract can reduce high blood sugar levels and normalize cholesterol levels as well.
- Prevent Ulcers
Onion can keep you safe from gastric ulcers by destroying the free radicals and disable the growth of Helicobacter Pylori (H-pylori) which can cause appearance of ulcer.
- Improve Oral Health
Onions prevent tooth decay and oral infections. By chewing onion for 2-3 minutes you will allow the natural antibacterial characteristics of onion to destroy the germs that live in your mouth and throat.
- Boost Immunity
You will strengthen your immune system with the phytochemicals in the onions. Your organism will be able to fight against toxins and many other foreign bodies that can cause many ailments and illnesses.
- Treat Respiratory Issues
Combine raw onion with honey and brown sugar and leave it to stay during the night. You will have a potent syrup. Wait for 24 hours and take out the onion. This syrup will help you to get rid of the cough.
- Stop Nose Bleeds
Simply apply a slice of onion under your nose and the acrid fumes will assist your blood to clot faster.
Or, you can soak a cotton balls in onion juice and put them in your nostrils for 3-4 minutes.
- Improve Cardiovascular Health
It has been proved that the quercetin kills the free radicals, disables low-density lipoprotein oxidation – a significant reaction in atherosclerosis (solidification of the arteries) and coronary heart disease.
It is also helpful in the process of vitamin E regeneration – a potent antioxidant which is very useful for the heart.
- Detoxify Your Body
The high concentration of sulfur-containing amino acids in onions has potent detoxifying impact on the organism, says Dr. James J. Slaga, author of The Detox Revolution.
Studies prove that these substances named organosulfides, create glutathione, a potent antioxidant that is used by the liver in the detoxification processes.