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Thursday 24 September 2015

20 Health Benefits of Fresh Onions

thCABGWER4 Onion is a member of the Allium genius family which include others like garlic, leeks and scallions.  These herbs and vegetables are  known for their “organosulfur compounds” and high antioxidants which make them protective against health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Onions have been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in various dishes by many cultures around the world. These vegetable can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, dried or roasted. They are commonly used as a flavouring and seasoning agent in many dishes. Apart from added an excellent taste to dishes, onions  also provides many health benefits to its users. In Chinese  medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and respiratory problems.   Some health benefits of onions are as given below:

1.  Fight Cancer:
Onion extract is rich in a variety of sulfides, which provide some protection against tumor growth. Some studies have showed, regular consumption of onions helps to reduce the risk of several cancers such as  colorectal cancer, oral cancer, laryngeal cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. It is suggested to consume one onion serving per day (approximately 1/2 cup).

2.  Cardiovascular Benefits
The regular consumption of onion has been shown to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. This is attributed to the sulfur compounds, chromium, and vitamin B6 in onions, which helps prevent heart disease by lowering high homocysteine levels, another
potential risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Reduce Blood Sugar Levels The regular consumption of onions also have been  shown to lower the blood sugar levels. A study found that, onions contain allyl propyl disulfide that helps to reduce the glucose levels by increasing the amount of insulin.

3.  Promotes Gastrointestinal Health
Onions are packed with enormous flavonoids, these flavonoids help to reduce the risk of colon cancer. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in animals and to protect colon cells from the damaging effects of certain cancer-causing substances. Good for Skin The onions help in stimulating the circulation of blood in the mucous membrane. It can be applied as poultice to boils, bruises, wounds, etc. Onion juice mixed with honey also can be the best home remedy for acne.

4.  Stimulate Hair Growth
Onion is rich in sulfur which is one of the essential nutrients in promoting hair growth. A study has shown that applying onion juice on scalp twice a week for 2
months will stimulates hair regrowth.

5.  Treats Cholera:
Onion is an effective remedy for cholera. Grind about 30 grams of onions with 5-7 black peppers. Have 2-3 times  of the mixture a day. This is effective treatment for cholera. On the other hand, this also helps to lessen diarrhoea and vomiting. Maintain Bone Health A study revealed that nions also possess the ability of building connective tissue and bone health due to a newly dentified substance in it called growth plate chondrocytes (GPCs). Hence onions are very beneficial for women who are at a risk for osteoporosis. There is also evidence to suggest that the risk of hip fracture in menopausal women may be lowered through egular consumption of onions.

6.  Remedy for Cold and Flu
Onion is also a great remedy for cold and flu. The Native Americans used them to ward off the common cold and flu. The World Health Organization has even recognized the onion for its ability to help relieve flu symptoms such as coughs, bronchitis, congestion, and respiratory infections.

7.  Relieve Tooth Disorders
Recent research shows that onions may kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and other dental problems. Chewing a raw onion for two to three minutes could kill all the germs in the mouth. Placing a small piece of onion on the affected tooth or bad tooth can also help in relieving toothache.

8.  Treat Urinary Disorders
Onion has diuretic properties, which are useful in treating urinary disorders. For those suffering from burning sensation during urination, drink water boiled with 6 to 7 gm of onion, this may relieve the symptoms.

9.  Prevents Blood Clot
Onions are considered as natural anti-clotting agents.The sulfur contents in the onions can suppress clumping of platelets thereby help in preventing blood clot.

10. Improve Digestive Function
Onions are a good source of dietary fibre and prebiotics that encourage the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive system, thereby improving digestive function.

11.  Protect against Allergies
The onions such as red onions are rich in Quercetin, an antioxidant which is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. Flavonoid contained in them blocks the allergy creating histamine and other substances. According to a recent study, eye symptoms associated with hay fever are greatly reduced by quercetin.

12.  Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
The quercetin found in onions, along with other substances, help promote a healthy immune system. These substances act as anti-inflammatory agents, which reduce the effect of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis

13.  Reduce Blood Sugar Levels:  The regular consumption of onions also have been shown to lower the blood sugar levels.  A study found that, onion contain allyl propl disulfide that helps to reduce the glucose levels by increasing the amount of insulin.

14. Anti-aging Benefits:  Onions possess enormous anti-aging benefits.  The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E fight against the damage caused by harmful UV rays as well as prevent free radical damage which is responsible for causing premature aging of our skin.  Onion is one of the richest sources of quercetin, the most powerful antioxidant that can keep your skin wrinkle-free, vitamins and sulphur on the other hand, protect your skin, and keep it soft and supple.  The anti aging qualities of onion can be attributed to the presence of sulphur-rich phtochemicals.

15. Aids Circulation  Massaging your skin with fresh onion juice helps increase blood circulation and improves the overall appearance of your skin by imparting a more youthful and radiant appearance

16. Aids in Detoxification   Fresh onions help in purifying your blood and supply your body with flavonoids which assist vitamin C in its important functions.  The consumption of onions can keep your skin healthy and glowing.

17. Onion is a source of important Nutrients:  It may be surprising to you to know that onion is a good source of absorb able iron.   It is also a source of water, minerals calcium vitamin C and B complex amongst others.

18. Treatment of Dark Sports and pigmentation:
Onion juice is excellent for gettingrid of dark spots and pigmentation.  The rich variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants in onion nourish your skin whil removinng skin impurities.  You can prepare a face pack by mixing equal quantities of onion juice and fresh yoghurt.  You can also add a few drops of any essential oil for a pleasant aroma.  Massage your face with this jixture using gentle circular movements for 10 to 15 minutes.  This should be done regularly for best result.

19. Onion possess antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties:  These work together to fight fungus, infections and boost immunity.

20. For good memory and strong nervous system, Onion is good for the nervous system and strong memory. Other health benefits of onions includes its positive effect against high blood pressure.
The best way to enjoy onions benefits is to include them in your diet especially with minimal heat.  much heat destroys most of the nutrients in onions.


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