Health Benefits of Onions
The health benefits of onions are just too much to ignore. Eating an apple plus an onion a day must definitely keep the doctor away.
In the ancient world, onions had been known to treat various diseases such as bladder infection, headaches, cold, nose bleeding, sore throat and even snake and insect bites.
These days, so many people avoid onions simply because it makes them cry and have a bad breath. If onions are pills, you can bet that they would really be expensive.
So here are the Health Benefits of Onions
Onions can help prevent:
Though raw onions may make your breath stink, but chewing raw onions strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Few minutes of onion chewing can kill most bacteria in your mouth.
When combined with turmeric, onion can help reduce the risk of cancer. Study shows that the combination of onions with turmeric generates a harmonious effect that reduces the size and numbers of precancerous hosts in the intestine.
Onions are known to exceed red wine in heart protective properties. They can also help to reduce high blood pressure in hypertensive patients. The quercetin in onions may help prevent plaque buildup in arteries which in return reduces the risk of stroke. They can also help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, since they lessen the risk of blood clot.
Blood Sugar Regulation
The Sulfur in onions help lower blood sugar by provoking increased insulin production. Onion contains chromium which helps in regulating blood sugar.
Onions contain a dissolved fiber called oligofructose which promotes the good growth of bacteria in the intestine. The fiber boosts good digestion, thus keeping you healthy.
In 2009, a study found that frequent consumption of onions enhance bone density especially in older women going through menopause.
- Onions may cause gas and bloating. (National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse).
- Heartburn in patients suffering from gastric re-flux disease.
- Consumption of large amount of onions may obstruct blood thinning drugs.
- People with intolerance to onions may experience vomiting and other gastric unpleasantness.