Onions, as well as garlic, chives, leeks and scallions, are part of the allium vegetable family. They all have specific pungent flavor, and this is the reasons they`ve been cultivated for centuries, as well as for their health benefits.
Onions come in different color, shapes, sizes and flavors. The most common types are white, red and yellow onion. The flavor can be sweet and juicy, mid flavor or sharp and spicy, depending on the season of growth.
Onions can be very beneficial for healthy hair and skin, improving mood or lowering the risk of different cancer types. They are low in calories, but in the same time they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One of them is quercetin which destroys free radicals and maintains general health.
The best way to use all of the benefits is to consume onion juice, which is especially beneficial for respiratory conditions.
Onions have multiple layers, each with its own benefits:
- First layer is important for the abundance of antioxidants, as well as antibacterial properties and phytonutrients which makes it very beneficial for general health and well-being.
- Second layer is rich in vitamins B and C, fiber and minerals like manganese, potassium, copper and phosphorus.
- Third layer contains sulfur components which make you cry while chopping the onion; they can prevent cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson`s, cancer, as well as blood sugar regulation.
Here are a few more health benefits from onions:
All disease are caused by inflammation, which is a result of dietary and environmental causes like air pollution, improper nutrition, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, trans fats, processed food, chemical from personal care products etc. Onions contain phytochemicals which can reduce inflammation, helping many different health conditions like asthma, arthritis and other respiratory issues.
Helps with fever
Onion is the main reason why chicken soup is great for reducing fever. Not only eating, another way to use onions for this purpose is to put ½ onion in each sock and wear them during the whole night, to treat fever symptoms.
Anthocyanin is a pigment found in red onion, which gives it its color. It is a powerful flavonoid antioxidant which can reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol the risk of cardiovascular conditions. The sulfur from onions can prevent blood platelets from clogging the blood vessels, which further reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Onions can relieve pain and inflammation, and reduce blister creation, due to the high content of sulfur and quercetin. In case of a burn or sunburn, just cut an onion and apply it directly on the affected area.
A study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, stated that onion combined with turmeric creates a reaction which can destroy pre-cancerous cells.
4 out of 5 patients had a decrease in the number of polyps in 3 months, with minimal side effects, like mild diarrhea.
Some of cancer types which can be treated with onions:
- Esophageal cancer.
Other onion uses
The outer onion layers contain more antioxidants, so when you peel the top layer, take off as little as possible. If you don`t need the whole onion, don`t peel the whole one, just as much as you need, store the rest in the freezer to maintain the beneficial properties.
Store the onion in an airtight container, and remove as much air as you can from the container after you place the onion in.
You can also chop the rest of the onion and freeze it immediately, and the next time you need it for cooking, add the frozen bits right from the freezer.