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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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4:24PM PDT on Aug 31, 2015

I KNOW I KNOW. I just detest oinions.....and actually know people who do too. I do like garlic however. I use celery in place of oinions.....

3:50PM PDT on Aug 31, 2015

I love raw onions on just about everything. I'm going to try Shubhra's favorite way of eating onions. Good news article for a fantastic food, thank you!

10:16AM PDT on Aug 29, 2015

I agree onions and garlic are tasty

7:44PM PDT on Aug 25, 2015

I eat onions (and garlic) a few times a day...yum!!!!!

10:48PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

Just love onions and put them in just about everything I cook, and in many other foods raw. I almost panic if I open the fridge and can't fine them.

11:05PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Too easy....they're a staple food in my home:)

10:20PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

THANKS FOR SHARING.

9:07PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Thank you

8:56PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

The only thing I don't like about onions is peeling them, tears flow freely. Thank you for caring and sharing.

8:53PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Just love onions and garlic, put them in everything. Thank you for caring and sharing.

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