Onion… merely thinking about it brings its aroma and unparalleled taste that it induces in food into my mouth. It might not be the case with you; you may remember the tears it brings to you while cutting. But, seriously if it makes you cry even then onions are worth it. Onions have a lot more than just taste to offer. It comes with a number of rare minerals and possesses many curative values. Even the World Health Organization confirms that onions are beneficial for people with a reduced appetite and those suffering from atherosclerosis. Health experts acknowledge the fact that onions provide a great respite for patients with chronic asthma, allergic bronchitis, common cold-related cough and cold syndromes.
Onions are excellent sources of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids and phytochemicals. Onions are very low in calories and fats. 100 grams carry just 40 calories. They also contain mineral components such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, selenium and phosphorus, and they are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, certain organic compounds and traces of essential oils.
Now, coming to the benefits, onion has got to offer. The list is very long, but here I have listed the best benefits that you can expect next time you eat onion:
- Immunity Booster:
The phytochemicals that are present in significant amounts in onions act as a stimulant to vitamin C within the body. Vitamin C, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, is present in large quantities in onions that help improve immunity. Onions also boost production of interferons like TNF-α and IL-12 production that increases phagocytosis. They also increase the activity of natural killer cells, enhancing natural immunity against infectious agents.
- Fights diabetes:
Onions are rich source of chromium (a rarely found mineral). Chromium helps tissue cells respond appropriately to insulin levels in the blood and ensure a slow, gradual release of glucose to the muscles and the body cells. It thus helps facilitate insulin action and control sugar levels in diabetic patients. So, don’t miss eating onions if you have diabetes.
- Promotes Digestion:
The fibre in onions promotes good digestion and helps keep you regular. Additionally, onions contain a special type of soluble fibre called oligofructose, which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines.
- Dental Health:
Onions are often used to prevent tooth decay and oral infections. Chewing raw onions for 2 to 3 minutes can potentially kill all the germs present in the oral area and surrounding places like the throat and lips.
- Protects Brain:
Onions are also good in B-complex group of vitamins like pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folates and thiamin. Pyridoxine or vitamin B-6 helps keep up GABA levels in the brain, which works against neurotic conditions. It is also found in many studies that eating onions improves the memory and reduces the reaction time.
- Healthy Heart:
Onions encourage a healthy heart in many ways, including “lowering blood pressure and lowering heart attack risk. The sulphur contents present in onion acts as natural blood thinner and prevent blood platelets from aggregating. When platelets cluster, the risk for heart attack or stroke increases. Furthermore, the quercetin in onions may also help prevent plaque build up in the arteries, which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Healthy Skin:
The antioxidants present in onions prevent your skin from getting wrinkles and fine lines which appear with age. Not only this, onions also help in the treatment of acne due to its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Onions are rich in a certain active compound called Quercetin. Quercetin is a very powerful antioxidant that prevents and reduces the spread of cancer. Also, vitamin C found in onion is also a strong antioxidant, which can reduce the presence and impact of free radicals throughout the body that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells.
- Promotes Hair Growth:
Onions have rich sulphur content in them. Onion juice when applied on the scalp improves the blood circulation to the scalp. Sulphur also improves the production of collagen tissues which is necessary for the growth of hair. Hair grows from the hair follicles in the scalp and increased blood supply to the scalp brings better nutrients and nourishment to the follicles and promotes hair growth.
- Prevents Asthma:
Onions are loaded with tiny crystals known as flavonoids, which help fight inflammation from asthma by strengthening your capillary walls. They also can protect the lining of your lungs and bronchial tubes from damage caused by pollution.
These are the top benefits that you can easily get by adding onion into your diet. One may discover even more benefits because of the presence of rare nutrients in onion. So, start eating onions today, you can add it an ingredient while cooking or you can have it in raw form in salad with the food.
Some amazing facts that would help you:
- The first and foremost problem with onions is the burning sensation in eyes when one slices onion. Don’t worry about it; I have a cure for that too. Just chill the onions for 30 minutes. Then, cut off the top and peel the outer layers leaving the root end intact. This will help you get rid of that fear of slicing onions.
- You might have encountered the problem of onion breath once you eat onions. To avoid this rinse your mouth with equal parts lemon juice and water, or chew a citrus peel.
Try these tricks and enjoy onions without tears. And don’t forget to comment, that is most important.
Eat Natural…!! Go Healthy…!!
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