Although the health benefits of onions have been known to man for thousands of years, it is only relatively recently that studies have confirmed the health enhancing properties of this unassuming, taken for granted, nondescript vegetable. According to these studies, onions possess many active compounds that have proven beneficial for all sorts of health conditions.
Benefits of Quercitin:
Apart from the white variety, onions contain a potent Antioxidant Flavonoid, Quercitin, found mainly near or on the skin, which is linked to a number of health benefits. The many properties of Quercitin include:
Thinning of blood
Lowering cholesterol levels in blood
Raising good type HDL cholesterol
Keeping blood clots at bay
Fighting asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, arthero sclerosis and various other infections
Inhibiting cancer in the stomach
Anti inflammatory, antibiotic and anti viral
Anti Cancer effect of Onions:
New research reveals that onions have potent anti cancer effects; since they contain protective substances called organo sulphur compounds, which are released when the onions are chopped, crushed or chewed. “ These compounds prevent the development of cancers by detoxifying carcinogens, halting cancer cell growth and preventing tumours from obtaining a blood supply.” The Flavonoid, Quercitin, also helps in slowing down the growth of tumours and helps in fighting the growth of cancers in the breast, colon, lungs and ovaries.
Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases:
Eaten both raw and cooked, onions keep your blood free of clots, thereby avoiding blocks which could lead to heart disorders or cardiovascular diseases.
Benefits of Onions for Diabetes:
Studies reveal that onions work to help keep the blood sugar levels in control. They contain a substance, Allyl Propyl Disulfide (APDS) which helps in ensuring that insulin remains longer in the blood stream, thereby helping to lower the sugar levels. Read more about Diabetes
Consuming raw onion juice, up to 50 ml (less than ¼ cup) every morning helps to control sugar levels. However, if, because of the resultant bad breath, onion juice does not appeal to you, include extra onions in your diet every day.
A Perfect Home Remedy for Common Ailments:
Onion consumption can help in preventing, alleviating or curing a number of common ailments for which we would generally not think of getting professional medical help. Some of the home remedies for everyday ailments using onions are as follows:
Oral Health: Eating raw onions sure does leave a pungent and nasty effect on your breath, but did you know that this is an effective way to get rid of all the germs present in your mouth, and helps to prevent tooth decay and oral infections? Also read: Home remedies for toothache
Insect Repellent: To help reduce the pain of insect bites or stings of bees and scorpions, apply onion juice on the affected area.
Relief from Earache: Dip a piece of cotton wool in onion juice and place it over the ear to get immediate relief from acute earache or ringing in the ear.
Pain Relief: Cut two onions and fry them along with a pinch of turmeric in some castor oil or sesame oil, till they become soft. Place these onions in a clean muslin cloth and place on the aching part of the body to get some relief.
Treatment for Anaemia: Onions eaten along with jaggery and water helps in curing anaemia.
Treating Urinary Disorders: Drinking water that has been boiled with an onion provides relief for those suffering from Urinary Tract Infection.
Treatment for Cough: One teaspoon onion juice mixed with one teaspoon honey provides relief from sore throat and cough.
An Aphrodisiac: One tablespoon onion juice along with a tablespoon of ginger juice helps boost libido.
Glowing Skin: To get rid of acne, mix a tablespoon of onion juice with a teaspoon of honey or olive oil, apply on face and wash off after half an hour.