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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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2:15AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

I love onions :)

2:15AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

I love onions :)

1:06AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thanks for the information. I like onions.

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2:03AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Onions, a womans/mans best friend, but not for the relationship :-) Unless both take it at the same time? :-)

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8:24AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

I love onions and use them raw and cooked. My favorite summer treat: open faced tomato and onion sandwich with pepper and salt. No mayo, it dulls the flavors and adds unnecessary fat. Second best: cheese and onion sandwich. Try onions on Braunschweiger, so good. Then there is onion pie from Germany and, of course, French onion soup made from scratch. I grew up on lots of potatoes and onions. My Dad would fix "Bauernfruehstueck" on Sunday mornings: pan fried potatoes, onions with a little bacon, when browned, eggs poured over and cooked until eggs are done. Served with chopped chives and parsley. Mmmmh! There is hardly a meal or recipe that can't be improved by onions.

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