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Onions Boost The Health Of Your Whole Body

There are several characteristic properties that all types of onions share: they are all good for your health besides of being nutritious and delicious. Being red, yellow, white or sweet, they are excellent to enhance the flavor of your meals and complement nutrition. Check out this article to know a little closer the superb qualities of these popular veggies.

The Health Benefits of Onions

Onions have a variety of known health benefits. They are a major source of polyphenols and flavonoids which act as powerful antioxidants. They protect cells and body against damage caused by free radicals.

Onions are heart-healthy, good for regulating blood sugar, and have anti-inflammatory properties that make them useful on many levels. They’ve also been shown to lower the risk of some forms of cancer, making onions one of nature’s bona fide miracle foods.

  • Cardiovascular benefits – The acrid smell of the onion is due to its sulfur content—and this sulfuric aspect is what lends the onion its heart-health benefits. The sulfur in onions helps prevent blood clotting problems, making it one of nature’s blood thinners. Onions are also great for cholesterol management and lowered triglycerides in animal studies.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties – The sulfuric nature of onions wins again with regard to reducing inflammation. A key component in the bulbous portion of onions called “Onionin A” has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal diet addition for those who wrestle with inflammation issues on a regular basis. You can also add more foods that reduce inflammation to your daily nutrition.
  • Blood sugar regulation – Onions are high in the mineral chromium, which plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels. In a 2010 study published in Environmental Health Insights, scientists found that the blood glucose levels of the study participants was significantly lowered for several hours after consuming a serving of red onion. You can find more foods to control blood sugar levels in my article about the best foods to control type 2 diabetes.
  • Bone health – Calcium and vitamin D are well-known for their promotion of good bone health. Well, add onions to the list, too! A study published in Menopause in 2009 found that women of menopausal age—both pre- and post-menopausal—who ate onions on a daily basis had higher bone density than their onion-shunning peers. Read more about bone health in my article about 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Cancer protection – If the reduction of the risk of developing cancer isn’t a reason to eat your fill of onions, I don’t know what is. Research performed at the University of Maryland found that onions appeared to have cancer-fighting properties, reducing the risk of developing ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers as well as lung, colon and prostate cancers. This is because onions both contain and play a role in facilitating the body’s ability to absorb a substance called “quercetin,” which has cancer-fighting abilities. You can find more foods that protect against cancer development in my previous article.
  • Improving digestion – Onions are rich in fiber which improves digestion and bowel movement. They also contain a special type of soluble fiber which promotes good bacteria growth in your gut.

Home Remedies Using Onions

Hard science has shown many benefits of onions, but there are “old wives’ tales” and anecdotes passed on through the generations that sing even more praises of these delicious root vegetables.

In spite of being pure hearsay and not being backed by scientific research, many people swear by the following folk remedies. Why not give them a try and see for yourself?

Clearing irritant from the eye

Treating vomiting

Onions for wart removal

 

Onions for removing earwax and earache

 

Relieving sore throat and cough

Improving hair growth

Onion kills intestinal parasites

Boosting your immune system

Relieving wisdom teeth pain

Onion relieves mosquito bites

As you can see, onion is a real superfood that you can use to heal your entire body. I was so impressed by its healing qualities that I’ve decided to add it to my eBook about Superfoods for great health which is part of my Natural Health Revolution Program.

To learn how onions help in all the above mentioned treatments, visit the original article published by Healthy And Natural World here. 

 

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