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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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6:44AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

greek salad : tomato, cucamber, onion, olive oil, feta cheese, oregano... the best!!!!!!!!

8:18PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thank you!

6:13PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

great news

7:39AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thank you.

11:43PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thank you!!

7:47AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

I add onions to every meal omelettes, soups, meatloaf and stir fry the possibilities are endless!

3:46PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I get onions on pizza, added to garlic fingers, on my subs... I make perogies a lot and started frying onions up with them recently.

8:47PM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thank you.

8:14AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you

11:39PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for this :)

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