The onion is a potent, little tearjerker vegetable from the allium food group that is as powerful as its aroma at defending your body against illness.
Like its sister garlic, the onion may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but it triggers a good reaction in your body. Its benefits far outweigh its propensity for causing bad breath and body odor.
Inside the Onion
Onions are a good source of dietary fiber, protein and water. They also contain vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, C, E and K), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Its most powerful and plenteous ingredient is quercetin.
Praise For the Onion
The onion’s strongest defense is against heart disease, bacteria and cancer; and mincing and chopping it helps to really draw out its power.
Prevents Cardiovascular Disease – Onions provide a generous supply of the flavonoid quercetin, which is largely responsible for the onion’s ability to destroy germs and cancerous cells. Quercetin also works to lower cholesterol levels and keep arteries clear of fatty plaque deposits, which in turn lowers your risk for heart disease.
Destroys Bacteria – Onions, when cooked and eaten or applied to your skin, has the ability to kill various types of bacteria. People who like to cook their meat with a thick topping of fried or sautéed onions may literally be adding an extra layer of protection against cancer and food-borne illness, since the mix of sugar and quercetin in onions fights back salmonella and other bacteria in red meat and blocks carcinogens from forming. Onions internally and externally (when placed on the skin) destroy parasites and fungal, bacterial and yeast infections.
Kills Cancer – To further sing the praises of
quercertin, I must point out that this flavonoid is also an antioxidant, which acts like a scavenger that seeks out cancer cells and free radicals that lead to cancer and gets rid of them. Onions contain other substances that prevent tumor growth. Studies have shown that people who regularly eat onions cut their chances of developing cancer in half. The vegetable is especially effective against stomach, lung and breast cancers.
Clears Congestion – The sulfur in onions is what makes your eyes water when chopping them. This reaction may also start to make your nose run and clear up sinus congestion. An ancient cold remedy advises that you put onion slices in your socks and wear them on your feet overnight.
As you sleep, toxins and germs are reportedly drawn out of the body through your feet. You’ll breathe better through the night and wake up less congested. Another remedy suggests that you place sliced onions next to your skin where you are experiencing congestion, like against your chest or on your throat, for the same effect.
Other Uses – The veggie has anti-inflammatory qualities that help decrease all types of swelling, blisters, and boils. It has even been effective against diabetes and osteoporosis. To spice up your cooking and beef up your health, add more onions to the mix.