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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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3:54AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thank you :)

3:54AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks , didn't realize how beneficial onions were , will have to start eating more .

1:31AM PST on Nov 15, 2014

Live long and prosper

1:05AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Thanks

2:45PM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Thanks for the article.

3:54AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

I will be planting red and yellow onions as well as beets in my garden on tues the 11th, (per the farmer's almanac), then on the 25th tomatoes, and on dec 2 it'll be peppers. I'm hoping it'll be a good first attempt.

9:46AM PST on Nov 6, 2014

I didn't know most of it, thanks for the info!

10:36AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

TY, I love onions!

10:20PM PST on Nov 3, 2014

Thanks I like onions

9:07PM PST on Nov 2, 2014

Good to know. I use onions a lot.

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