Forget the tears that they cause; onions are a food you should have in your diet because of their many health benefits.
Even our Paleo ancestors would have enjoyed the health benefits onions had to offer. A 100-gram serving of onion is 44 calories and made up of mostly complex carbs and 1.4 grams of fiber. Onion is also a good source of Vitamin C, B6, B1, K, biotin, chromium, and calcium.
Onions contain the enzyme allinase, flavonoids, antioxidants and a large amount of sulfur. Onions have immune enhancing properties, stimulate the brain and nervous system, and they have antitumor qualities.
The quercetin found in onions is a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that is found close to the onion’s skin and it offers many health benefits. Quercetin is shown to:
- Raise good cholesterol HDL
- Thin the blood
- Lower bad cholesterol LDL
- Stop blood clots
- Fight asthma
- Prevent hay fever
- Prevent chronic bronchitis
- Reduce infections
- Inhibit stomach cancer
- Act as a sedative
Quercetin is also antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral with wide anti-cancer powers.
As regards onions for use in cancer prevention, studies show that onions can actually reduce the DNA damage in your cells that is caused by free radicals. Onion extract has been shown to destroy tumor cells in test tubes and stop the growth of tumors in rats. Onion extract is generally nontoxic. Studies have shown that a dose that’s forty times higher than what is necessary to kill a tumor had no adverse effects.
Onions contain organic sulfur amino acids that detoxify heavy metals from your body. They are able to remove mercury, lead and cadmium from your body. The Vitamin C can also remove arsenic.
Studies have also shown that onions can reduce blood sugar levels. In fact, they are as effective as some prescription drugs.
Onions have shown to be an effective treatment against asthma because they can inhibit the production of the compounds responsible for causing bronchial muscle spasms. You can make your own cough syrup by chopping up a raw onion, covering it in honey, and letting it stand 4-5 hours. It will soothe an inflamed throat.
Finally, onions have strong antibacterial effect so they are able to destroy a number of pathogens including those responsible for salmonella and E. coli.
We can enjoy the many benefits of onions just like our caveman ancestors did.
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