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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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10:16PM PST on Dec 18, 2014

I love onions

3:34AM PST on Dec 14, 2014

GREAT NEWS - I love onions and eat them regularly - mostly cooked but sometimes raw in salads - so good to know what I already guessed - they are sooooo good for me - whoooo hoooo - that makes a change!!

8:39AM PST on Dec 8, 2014

i like onions in my food

5:37AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

Another veg I adore cooking or eating raw, the only problem is the bad breath that comes after especially if you eat them raw.

5:04AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I love Onions.

3:36PM PST on Dec 5, 2014

Onions are SO healthy!

3:30PM PST on Dec 5, 2014

I eat them 'cause I really like them. Glad to know they are good for me in so many ways.

1:20AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

Ty

1:19AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

Thanks

1:19AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

Ty

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