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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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7:17PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

onion soup -in my exp-really does cure a cold

8:58AM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Onions are a true gift from nature, even if they do make you cry. Share with you the health benefits of onions. http://www.healthdoyen.com/health-benefits-of-onions.html

12:26PM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Love onions raw or cooked thanks.

11:18AM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

I'm going to try the onion,lemon juice, salt and parsley.

10:46AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

they are the base of any curry/ragu/soup/and the more you use the better the curry / ragu ...must start eating more raw !!

6:56AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

I love onions. Thank you for sharing

8:03AM PST on Mar 5, 2015

Thanks

8:01AM PST on Feb 27, 2015

I lurve onions. . . very good for you!

12:43PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thanks

12:42PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thanks

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