Onions for Better Health, says World Health Organization
Everyone loves onions but few recognize how good they are for you! They are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, and unique anti-inflammatory compounds. Onions are one of my favorite powerfoods.
6 Health Benefits of Onions:
1. WHO recognizes that onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion asthma and respiratory infections.
- Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.
- In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.
- Sugar and onion juice form syrup, much used in domestic practice, for cough and other affections of the air-tubes among children.
2. Onions contain a variety of other naturally occurring chemicals known as organosulfur compounds that have been linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Contain sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure.
3. Onions are a rich source of flavonoids, substances known to provide protection against cardiovascular disease.
4. Onions are also natural anti-clotting agents since they possess substances with fibrinolytic activity and can suppress platelet-clumping. The anti-clotting effect of onions closely correlates with their sulfur content.
5. Onions provide protection against stomach cancer as onions are rich in sulfides. Studies in Greece have shown a high consumption of onions and garlic to be protective against stomach cancer. Dutch men and women who ate lots of onions (half an onion per day) had half the level of stomach cancer compared with those eating no onions at all.
6. In areas in India where they never consumed onions or garlic, people had higher blood cholesterol levels and shorter blood clotting times, than in areas in India where they ate garlic and onions regularly.
- Ancient Egyptians worshiped the onion. They believed its shape and rings symbolized eternity; it was the only vegetable that was made out of gold.
- By eating parsley you can get rid of onion breath.
- The largest onion ever grown weighed 10 lbs 14 oz by V. Throup of Silsden, England according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Athletes in ancient Greece ate large quantities of onion because it was believed to lighten the balance of blood.
- In Rome, gladiators had an onion rub down to firm their muscles.
- In the Middle Ages, people would pay their rent with onions or give them as gifts.