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8 Great Benefits of Onions

8 Great Benefits of Onions

Never mind the tears they bring on—onions are an ace ally in your fight against disease. A prized member of the lily family, they lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food.

A quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits:

  • The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion encourages the production of good cholesterol (HDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Got bitten by a honeybee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often.

My favorite way to enjoy onions is to slice them really thin, squeeze some lemon juice on top and add a little salt. Sprinkling a few freshly washed cilantro leaves adds fragrance and flavor to this simple, quick salad, without which no dinner of mine is complete.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:11PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Onions are awesome.

9:44AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Life without onions would be very dull!

5:06PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Love onions so good.

8:56AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

5:51PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

they taste great

5:36AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Interesting

1:00AM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Yes wonderful vegetable

8:31PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Thanks for the info!

5:15PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Thank you for sharing

5:14PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Thank you for sharing

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