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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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8:01AM PDT on Jul 27, 2015

Thank you

8:25AM PDT on Jul 24, 2015

I just love Onions. thanks for the info about the chemistry.

12:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2015

Thanks for sharing !
Be all blessed as all your loved ones, animals included !

2:39PM PDT on Jul 22, 2015

TYFS

4:11AM PDT on Jul 13, 2015

Sorry ! :)
Thank you for sharing this article.
Be all blessed as all your loved ones.

4:11AM PDT on Jul 13, 2015

Thank you !
It made me cry...
So émotive...
;)

3:32PM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

raw and cooked, delicious

3:30PM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

Love onions!

2:21AM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

Love green onions and like ther onions sliced extremely thin, do not like my onions cut into thick chunks.

6:54PM PDT on Jul 8, 2015

Add onions and garlic to so many things! Love the red onions for raw food dishes like salads and pasta salads etc., also love scallions in Asian and Mexican dishes, and add brown or white onions to many many cooked dishes., like soups, stews and casseroles. French Onion soup is awesome, caramelized onions on sandwiches (like a marinated grilled Portobello mushroom on a tasty bun) or in in and over many dishes are scrumptious. The occasional treat of fried onion rings (not the healthiest way to eat onions but unarguably delicious) is an old school favorite of many many people! And not only are onions delicious and add so much to our culinary creations they are good for us too! Win win!

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