The Many Benefits of Onion

Onion is used for medicinal purposes. Although it does not have the same healing properties as garlic, it does have some benefits that add so much to life.

In spite of the fact that it makes one teary, it is a veritable ally in the fight against diseases. The phytochemicals in onions aid the action of Vitamin C in the body, thereby boosting immunity. The Vitamin C element in onion is also good for detoxifying the body and also effective in removing lead, arsenic and cadmium. Increase consumption of onion can help the body get rid of these harmful metals. It contains flavonoids which give vegetables their colour, act as antioxidants and have a direct anti-tumor effect as well as immune enhancing properties. It also contains chromium, which helps in regulating blood sugar. Onion can also be used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.

Raw onion encourages the production of good cholesterol. It also contains large amount of sulfur and is good for the liver. Sulfur, which contains amino acids, is found in onion, garlic and eggs. The specific amino acids are called methionine and cysteine and they are very good at ridding the body of heavy metals. They are able to latch on to mercury, cadmium and lead and escort them out of the body. It also has the richest dietary source of quercitin which thins the blood, lowers cholesterol, wards off blood clots, fights asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections. It is also specifically linked to the inhibition of human stomach cancer. Onion searches for free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of gastric ulcers. The bright green tops of green onion are rich in Vitamin A. They are also good source of Vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fibre.

Quercitin is also a sedative and has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral properties.

It is advisable for patients with coronary heart disease to consume onions daily according to Victor Gurewich, Harvard doctor. Onions can also be used for the relief of coughs, colds and catarrh, asthma especially. All these make it a wonder.

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