Health Benefits of Onion

borhan By borhan, 12th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1hmetb1i/
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Onion is one of the most common food item world wide. Despite its' usage as a spice it bears many health benefits. It's medicinal usages are more than 4000 years old.

General Description of Onion

The onion is a member of the lily family, a close relation of garlic. It is often called the "king of vegetables" because of its pungent taste. The smaller onions are more pungent. They are the ones that make your eyes water when you cut them, when the organic sulphur is released. Onions contain more than one hundred sulfur-containing compounds.

Ancient Egyptians worshiped it for its spherical form symbolizing eternal life.During WW II, the vapors of onion paste was used to reduce the pain and accelerated the healing of soldiers' wounds. 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. Ancient records reveal that onions have been used as far back as 4000 B.C. as a cure-all for many illnesses.

There are many varieties of the onion; white, yellow, red and green globes. They also differ in size, color and taste. The smaller onions come in many varieties such as the green onion, or scallion which includes chives, leeks and shallots.

Onion's Health Benefits

Onions have many medicinal qualities. Few of them are stated below:

Onion is a powerful anti-septic that is rich in vitamins A, B and C. It is a potent source of folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, iron and dietary fiber.

Blood pressure: Consumption of onion (either in raw form or in cooked form) helps to lower blood pressure naturally. It helps in thinning the blood, dissolve blood clots and clear the blood of unhealthy fats.

Cholesterol: Eating half a medium raw onion daily significantly helps to correct thrombosis, lower the LDL cholesterol and prevents heart attacks.

Colon cancer, prevention: Onions are a very rich source of fructo-oligosaccharides. These oligomers stimulate the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. In addition, they can reduce the risk of tumors developing in the colon.

Constipation and flatulence: Consuming of plenty onions in cooking help relieve chronic constipation and flatulence.

Diabetes: Chromium in onion helps diabetics' cells respond appropriately to bringing down the insulin level and improve glucose tolerance.

Immune booster: The pungency increases blood circulation and causes sweating. Useful in cold weather to ward off infection, reduce fever and sweat out colds and flu.

Osteoporosis: A compound has recently been identified in onions that prevents the activities of breaking down bone. Especially beneficial for women who are at risk for osteoporosis as they go through menopause.

Respiratory: Mix equal amounts of onion juice and honey and take 3-4 teaspoons of this mixture daily. It helps liquefy mucus and prevents its further formation. It is also one of the best preventive potion against common cold.

Urinary tract infection: Boil some onion in water till half of the water evaporated. Sieve the onion water, leave to cool and drink. The anti-bacterial properties help to relieve the burning sensation in urination.

Anemia: The high content of iron in onion makes it beneficial for the treatment of anemia.

Anti-coagulant: Just by eating half a medium raw onion daily can significantly lower cholesterol and help prevent heart attacks.

Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory agents in onion are useful in reducing the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout.

Anti-septic: Fights infection bacteria, including E.coli and salmonella, and is effective against tuberculosis and infections of the urinary tract, such as cystitis.

Diuretic and blood cleansing: Help counter fluid retention, urinary gravel, arthritis and gout.

Ear disorder: In some culture, cotton wool is dipped into onion juice and put into the ear to stop ringing in the ear.

The onion has been used for thousands of years and it is still as popular today as it’s always been. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the use of onions for the treatment of poor appetite and to prevent atherosclerosis. In addition, onion extracts are recognized by WHO for providing relief in the treatment of coughs and colds, asthma and bronchitis. Onions are known to decrease bronchial spasms. An onion extract was found to decrease allergy-induced bronchial constriction in asthma patients.

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