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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Healing Powers of Onion

The people of ancient Egypt had associated onions with eternity due to its unique healing potentials among other attributes. Even more so today this vegetable has continued to spring up amazing surprises due to the life saving properties that modern scientific research and discoveries have come to attach to it. Amongst nutritional and herbal experts, much consensus has been reached regarding the healing powers of onion just in the same way its relative in the vegetable-like herb in the Alliums family, Garlic has been regarded and esteemed. 

Longevity: Scientific proofs abound showing that onions can actually promote longevity for the fact that it is capable of keeping cancer at bay. If your health is free of the the toxins and free radicals that can stimulate cancerous growths and dangerous tumours by the actions of the phytochemicals and phytonutrients in onions, you are bound to live longer.

Cancer fighter: It is evident from medical research that the more you eat this vegetable, the farther away all forms of cancer are from you; this is going by the studies carried out on people who frequently eat onions compared to those who are not in the habit of large and regular consumption of onions. The good news is that it is able to lower cancer risk including many types of tumours, even in the mouth, oesophagus, throat, breast, kidney, colon, and prostrate.

It is stated that the more pungent the taste of the onion the more potent it would be in fighting and lowering the risk of cancer, just as the varieties of red and yellow onions are said to contain more of the cancer fighting antioxidants in flavonoids. But the sweeter and lighter in colour the onion variety, then the lesser the concentration of flavonoids which carry the super antioxidants that are able to clear out free radicals from your system. You will also be doing your arteries a world of good when you become really friendly with your onions because you will be safe from the risk of hardening arteries – especially in the legs.

Bone health: Bone resorption which is a process by which bone is broken down, can lead to osteoporosis which occurs when bone resorption happens faster than bone formation. Osteoporosis being an abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones and attributable to a lack of calcium is most common in postmenopausal women. 

A compound in onions is potentially the newest bone booster medical science has discovered. Just like weight-bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D are known to build and strengthen the bones, so also does this compound that is found in onions; it promotes rather bone remodeling and formation. This compound is able to resist and inhibit bone resorption; it rather promotes bone density. 

Immune Boosting: The phytochemicals in onion working together with the vitamin C will go to improving your general immunity; quercetin also an important chemical compound found in onion offers us great anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition to these benefits, it is also said that resorting to eating large amounts of onions is already yielding other beneficial health results evident in anti-platelet actions, and anti microbial properties formation.  Apart from the high power flavonoids, onions are low-calorie vegetables also containing vitamin C, sulphur, and chromium. Chromium you must know aids in the regulation of blood sugar, so diabetics should equally fall in love with their onions.
You can decide to take your onions raw, especially in salads because this way, it best promotes the production of good cholesterol (HDL) for the maintenance of a healthy heart.  Among the varieties of onions however, research has found out that Shallots which is a cross between onion and garlic, has the highest potentials to be of greatest health benefit to the consumer.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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