Onions are not only use in cooking but also give us health benefits that some of us are not aware.
Here are some useful uses of Onions to everyone's health.
The Health Benefits of Onions
Onions have a variety of known health benefits. They are a major source of polyphenols and flavonoids which act as powerful antioxidants. They protect cells and body against damage caused by free radicals.
Cardiovascular benefits – The acrid smell of the onion is due to its sulfur content—and this sulfuric aspect is what lends the onion its heart-health benefits. The sulfur in onions helps prevent blood clotting problems, making it one of nature’s blood thinners.
Blood sugar regulation – Onions are high in the mineral chromium, which plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels. In a 2010 study published in Environmental Health Insights, scientists found that the blood glucose levels of the study participants was significantly lowered for several hours after consuming a serving of red onion. You can find more foods to control blood sugar levels in my article about the best foods to control type 2 diabetes.
Bone health – Calcium and vitamin D are well-known for their promotion of good bone health. Well, add onions to the list, too! A study published in Menopause in 2009 found that women of menopausal age—both pre- and post-menopausal—who ate onions on a daily basis had higher bone density than their onion-shunning peers. Read more about bone health in my article about 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis.
Cancer protection – If the reduction of the risk of developing cancer isn’t a reason to eat your fill of onions, I don’t know what is. Research performed at the University of Maryland found that onions appeared to have cancer-fighting properties, reducing the risk of developing ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers as well as lung, colon and prostate cancers. This is because onions both contain and play a role in facilitating the body’s ability to absorb a substance called “quercetin,” which has cancer-fighting abilities. You can find more foods that protect against cancer development in my previous article.
Improving digestion – Onions are rich in fiber which improves digestion and bowel movement. They also contain a special type of soluble fiber which promotes good bacteria growth in your gut.
Home Remedies Using Onions
Hard science has shown many benefits of onions, but there are “old wives’ tales” and anecdotes passed on through the generations that sing even more praises of these delicious root vegetables.
In spite of being pure hearsay and not being backed by scientific research, many people swear by the following folk remedies. Why not give them a try and see for yourself?
Onions for wart removal
With so many wart removal cures available over-the-counter that contain strong acids or freezing implements that can harm healthy skin around the wart and cause painful irritation, why not try for a gentler method that comes from nature—and is far less expensive than the pricey chemical alternatives.
Cut a sliver of onion flesh just the same size as the wart.
Place the onion onto the wart and secure in place with a small bandage.
Change the onion piece and bandage daily.
Within days, the wart will be gone.
Another option is to use Apple Cider Vinegar for wart removal.
Relieving sore throat and cough
Using onions for treating the symptoms of common cold is an old home remedy which is attributed to the chemical compounds such as polyphenols, flavonoids and quercetin that research shows to have potential anti-inflammatory, anti viral and antioxidant properties. You can use onions make this easy and effective homemade syrup to relieve sore throat and cough that contains only 3 ingredients.
Improving hair growth
Onion juice can help you re-grow your hair and make it stronger. This is attributed to the sulfur content which is one of the main building blocks of hair. It improves blood circulation and provides the hair follicles with sufficient nourishment.
Onion also has anti-bacterial properties, so it helps with scalp infections that might contribute to hair loss. You can find more information about this subject including instructions in my article on How To Make Onion Juice For Hair Growth & Strong Hair.
Onion relieves mosquito bites
Onion slices are a commonly used method for reducing the swelling and itching of mosquito bites. Simply place a fresh slice of onion on the affected area for a few minutes until the itching subsides. Then rinse with water. Or you can try other natural ways to relieve mosquito bites.