Yes, onions are awesome! People use this super healthy vegetable for a long time! They use it in cooking and for medicinal purposes as well! First, I would like to say a few words about onions! The onions are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. And, allium vegetables have been cultivated for centuries for not only their characteristic, pungent flavors but also for their medicinal properties. Onions can vary in size, shape, color and flavor. The most common types are red, yellow and white onion. Flavors can vary from sweet and juicy with a mild flavor to sharp, spicy, and pungent, often depending on the season in which they are grown and consumed. It is estimated that 105 billion pounds of onions are harvested each year worldwide.
Onions – most common health benefits: lowering the risk of several types of cancer, improving mood and maintaining the health of skin and hair. Onions are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that while they are low in calories they are high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You should also know that onion contains high amounts of antioxidants like quercetin, relieving the body from free radicals and preserving its health. Onions can be easily juiced and consumed as such, helping with respiratory diseases because of its cleansing nature.
But, did you know that each part of the vegetable has its own health benefits? Well, of course, so make sure to slice through multiple layers when preparing your meals.
- Layer 1 – this layer is loaded with antioxidants, antibacterial, and other phytonutrients that make the onion a powerhouse for promoting health inside and out.
- Layer 2 – you should also know that onions are a significant source of Band C vitamins; copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium; and dietary fiber.
- Layer 3 – this layer contains sulfur compounds that make you cry but they also have been shown to prevent Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease, regulate blood sugar and prevent cancer. Not a bad trade-off for a few tears!
Here are five other layers of benefit we derive from onions—a few of which may surprise you.
- Fights Inflammation
I really think that we all know that the “foundation” of most disease is chronic inflammation. Yes, and you should also know that there are many dietary and environmental causes of inflammation within the body: sugar, refined grains, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, trans fats, inadequate nutrition from fresh produce, personal care products with toxic ingredients, air pollution, and more. Many experts around the world say that the phytochemicals in onions counteract excessive inflammation, promoting general health and especially efficacious for arthritis, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
- Fever Reducer
Yes, this super healthy vegetable is one of the main powerhouses of chicken soup! But, you don’t always have to eat them to get their benefits. You just have to put a half an onion in each sock overnight and it will help bring down your fever.
A recent study, published in the famous medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has found that when onion is coupled with turmeric, a synergistic chemical reaction occurs that causes pre-cancerous cell death:
“A decrease in polyp number was observed in four of the five patients at three months and four of the four patients at six months. Side effects were minimal [mild diarrhea].”
Other cancers that respond to the allicin and antioxidant quercetin in onions:
- Heart Health
What’s anthocyanin? Well, anthocyanin is the pigment that gives red onions their distinct color. The anthocyanin is also a potent flavonoid antioxidant that has been found to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol, with the ability to reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Sulfuric compounds prevent blood platelets from clumping and clogging your blood vessels, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Skin Burns
As we said, the onion is loaded with sulfur and quercetin, which can help you relieve pain and inflammation and inhibit the formation of blisters. How to use it – it’s very simple. You just have to apply a freshly-cut union directly to a fresh burn or sunburn to induce healing.
Other Onion Options
Here’s what you need to know – well, when you peel the top layers from the bulb, take off as little as possible! Why – because the antioxidants are more densely concentrated in the outer layers. Use what you do remove in soups and stews to add the nutrients to other dishes you make, removing them before serving. You should also know that the health benefits of onions peak when you cut them and quickly dissipate! So, if you’re not going to immediately use the whole onion, you should chop it and store it raw in the freezer. And don’t forget – you should put it in an airtight glass container after removing as much air as possible. You can add the chopped bits right from the freezer to future meals. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and have a good one!