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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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10:50AM PDT on May 5, 2015

Very useful article. Thanks

10:49AM PDT on May 5, 2015

Very useful article. Thanks

2:57AM PDT on May 5, 2015

Didn't know they were that healthy. Thanks

5:45AM PDT on May 4, 2015

Thanks

6:43PM PDT on Apr 28, 2015

thanks for sharing

6:35PM PDT on Apr 28, 2015

Love to grow onions, these are tasty fresh from the garden, especially with tomatoes just off the vine.

9:36AM PDT on Apr 28, 2015

I agree with Ben O. Getting tired of all these recycled articles we are being presented with. Other than that, love onions any kind of way.

9:03PM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

Caramelised onions :)

5:54AM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

Onions in my omelettes and salads, on burgers or even just an onion and tomato sandwich !

10:06AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

This story is 3 years old, time to archive it...please!

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