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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.

Rustic Caramelized Onion Tart
Roasted Stuffed Onions

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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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11:18AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Unfortunately, I cannot stomach raw onions but I do love them cooked in any way, and there are very few sauces to which onions cannot be added for that distinctive flavour.

2:14PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

Onions, cooked or raw can make a meal delicious!

2:09PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

I love onions! Sharing ...

7:36PM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Onions are delicious and very versatile, so many uses.

This is an interesting idea to try out, Sharon S.

4:32AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014


8:06PM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

I love the old recipe I got from Little house on the Prairie books...they talked about apples and onions fried together...i MADE IT LAST thanksgiving..EVERYONE loved it!

1:24PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014


3:25AM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

The best things are not beautiful in their appearance

4:42AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

great article

12:06AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

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