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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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1:24PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

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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!

10:00AM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

Thanks!

8:27PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

I too love onions and I cook with them...thanks for the ideas

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.

2:05AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

COOL

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