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Onions For Health

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.

Onion Trivia:

  • 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.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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2:33AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you

11:59PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

I've always liked onions

11:57PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Thank you for posting this

1:51PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

I love onions! Thank you for the information!

11:18AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013


5:58PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Soups are so much better with onions !!
I didn't know they should not be stored near potatoes ... now I do !! Thank you :)

5:42AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Love those them daily. Thanks for sharing.

12:34PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Love onions,thanks for sharing

11:47PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Love onions--especially red/Spanish onions. Will be eating more of them now! Thanks

4:46PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


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