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17 Amazing Health Benefits Of Onions

Onion or bulb onion is a widely cultivated vegetable belonging to genus Allium. The exact origin of onion is unknown but it is known to be cultivated since long ( about 7000 years ago). There are many varieties of onions like red onion, yellow onion, green onion etc. Onions are used both as a vegetable and as well as salad. Being a good source of many nutrients like minerals,vitamins,antioxidants, dietary fibers, phytochemicals,phytonutrients etc. they provide a number of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of onion, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of onion.

 Nutrition Chart of Onion

Health Benefits of Onions

Health Benefits of Onions
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 (1) Manages Good Oral Health

Onion is infamous for causing bad breath but they are also effective against tooth decay and for fighting against oral infections. As strange as it may sound but it has been found that chewing raw onion slices for 2 to 3 minutes can potentially kill all the germs of the oral area like teeth and gums, and also from the surrounding places like throat and lips.

(2) Make Our Immune System Stronger

Our Immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it acts as a defense mechanism of our body. It is the immune system that prevents disease-causing foreign invaders like bacteria, therefore virus etc. from entering our body, and even if they somehow manage to enter our body, it is the immune system that fights against them and reduces the risk of common cold, cough, and other health problems.

It is, therefore, important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of our immune system. It has been found that eating onions on a regular basis make our immune system stronger and thus reduces the risk of getting ill frequently.

This benefit of onion is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body.

As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them. By doing so, they increase the risk of various types of cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer etc. Vitamin C present in onion not only make our immune system stronger but also reduces the risk of various types of cancers.

In addition to this, onions are also a good source of phytochemicals that increases the efficiency of Vitamin C, which in turn boost our immune system and thus reduces the risk of various illness.

(3) Improves Cardiovascular Health

Eating onions on a regular basis is good for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

This benefit of onion is mainly because of the anti-coagulant or blood thinning nature of onion. Regular consumption of onion prevents our red cells from forming clumps, which can otherwise block and clogs our arteries, and may lead to cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

In addition to this, onions are also an excellent source of potassium which acts as a vasodilator and relaxes our blood vessels and thus improves blood circulation. By relaxing our blood vessels and improving blood circulation, it helps in controlling high blood pressure or hypertension, a major cause of various cardiovascular disorders.

Onions are also a good source of dietary fibers which plays an important role in managing our cholesterol level as it reduces bad LDL cholesterol from our body, and increases good HDL cholesterol. This benefit of onion also plays an important role in making our heart stronger.

(4) Helps In Managing Diabetes

Consuming onions on a regular basis is very beneficial for the diabetic patients or for the people who are at the risk of getting diabetes.

This benefit of onion is mainly because of the low glycemic index of onion. The Glycemic index of onion is 10 which is considered very low and this, in turn, helps in controlling diabetes. A low Glycemic index means, onion release sugar into the bloodstream at a very slow rate,  prevents our blood sugar level from getting elevated, and thus manages diabetes.

In addition to this, the dietary fiber present in onions also plays an important role in controlling our blood sugar level, as it slows the absorption of sugar into the blood stream and thus helps in managing diabetes.

Onions are also a good source of “Chromium” ( an unusual mineral to be found naturally in found) which helps in managing diabetes by slowing down the absorption of blood sugar into the bloodstream.

Also Read: 14 Wonderful Beauty Benefits of Onion For Skin And Hair

(5) Aids In Weight Management

Being overweight and obese is no one’s dream and we all want to get in a good shape. As obesity is associated with various health risks like breathing disorders like sleep apnea, various types of cancers like prostate cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer, coronary heart diseases, depression, diabetes, liver disease etc. So, it is important for us to get rid of those extra pounds and get in shape again.

Eating onions on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for the individuals who are on a weight loss regime.

This benefit of onion is mainly because of the low calorific value of onion. Eating 100 grams of onions provides only 40 calories, which means one can enjoy onions without worrying about weight gain.

In addition to this, onions are also a good source of dietary fibers which acts as a bulking agent, keep our stomach fuller for a longer duration, decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating. As overeating is a major cause of obesity, so by controlling overeating, it helps controlling obesity.

Also, 89 percent of onion is just water, which has no calories. Another reason, to include onion in your food plate, for the weight loss purpose.

(6) Can Be Used As An Insect Repellent

Onions are anti-inflammatory in nature which means it can provide relief from the pain and inflammation associated with the inflammatory diseases like gouts, rheumatism, minimize arthritis etc. Onion juice has also been found to be effective for providing relief from the pain caused by the honeybee stings.

Applying freshly squeezed onion slices juice or its paste on the affected minimize pain and inflammation caused by the insect bites like honeybee bites and scorpion stings as well.

Onions have a pungent smell and this smell is very effective in making the insects like mosquitoes and flies flee and that’s why they can also be used as great insect repellents and as well as an effective form of sting treatment.

(7) Reduces The Risk of Various Types of Cancers

Eating onions on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of various types of cancers like skin cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer etc.

This benefit of onions is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other antioxidantal compounds like phytochemicals, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our healthy body cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them, and thus increases the risk of various types of cancers like skin cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer etc.

Onions are also rich in Quercetin which is an another antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals of our body and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

(8) Relieves Acute Earache And Ringing Sound of Ears

Our ears are the great senses that allow us to enjoy the melodious sound of this world, of our loved ones and everything that surrounds us. However, constantly hearing a ringing sound in your ear all the time can be very annoying and painful.

Onions are great for our ears and have been found to immensely beneficial for the individuals who suffer from an acute earache. It is also effective for providing relief from the ringing sound of the ear. For this, apply some drops of freshly squeezed onion slices into your ear using a cotton dab.

(9) Is Effective In Treating Cough And Symptoms

Onions are an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin C and antioxidantal compounds like phytochemicals that play an important role in making our immune system stronger. They fight with the free radicals of our body, cough stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells and as well as immune system

By making our immune system stronger, it reduces the risk of development of various types of infections and diseases a cough, cold, fever etc.

Onions are effective not only in minimizing the risk of a cough and cold but also for treating them. It has been found that consuming an equal proportion of onion juice and honey juice is very beneficial in providing relief from a cough and the associated symptoms like a sore throat etc.

(10) Boosts Libido And Improves Sexual Health

Onions are very beneficial for the individuals with a low sex drive. They are aphrodisiac in nature which means they can increase the libido of person and improve their sexual health.

It has been found that taking one tablespoon of freshly squeezed onion juice along with one tablespoonful of ginger juice, three times a day can boost the libido of the person and thus lead to a healthy sex life.

Also Read: 10 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Onions

(11) Helps In Treating Anemia

Iron is a vital mineral for our body as it promotes the growth of hemoglobin which carries oxygenated blood to every cell and tissue of our body. Deficiency of iron may lead to anemia which is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, weakness, light-headedness, irregular heartbeat, difficulty in breathing etc.

Onion has been found to be very beneficial for treating anemia. For this, eat onions along with jaggery and water. Being a good source of vitamins and minerals, it provides nourishment to our body, especially the iron and thus helps in treating anemia.

(12) Keeps Our Digestive System Healthy 

Eating onions on a regular basis has been found to be very effective for providing relief from the stomach pain. This benefit of onion is mainly due to the presence of “Saponins” in them. The saponins present in onions possess anti-spasmodic properties and ensures minimal stomach disturbances. It also helps in proper bowel cleaning.

In addition to this, onions are also rich in dietary fibers that act as a natural laxative. They improve bowel movement of our body and ensures proper elimination of waste out of the body. By doing so, it also reduces the risk of constipation and other digestive disorders like intestinal gas, gastritis, stomach pain, gas, bloating,  irritable bowel syndrome etc.

The anti-bacterial and the anti-inflammatory properties of onions also help in keeping our stomach free from digestive disorders.

Eating onions on a regular basis also increases our appetite because of their ability to improve our metabolism. This benefit of onion is mainly because of the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals etc. present in them.

(13) Treats Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

(14) Is An Excellent Source of Sulfur

Onions don’t smell like roses. In fact, they are infamous for their bad smell. This pungent smell of onion is mainly because of the high level of sulfur present in them.

The sulfuric content present in onions provides a number of benefits. They are useful in providing relief from the asthmatic conditions because of their ability to stop the formation of biochemical chains. It is also useful for the treatment of severe coughing because of the ability of sulfur to facilitate the melting of phlegm in the patient.

It has also been found that drinking fresh onion juice is very beneficial for getting a person out of the consciousness. This benefit of onion is also because of the strong aroma ( or pungent smell) of onion which brings immediate energy and strength into the person.

(15) Aids In Managing Cholesterol Level

Our heart is a vital organ of our body and it is, therefore, it is important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of our heart and as well as the entire cardiovascular system. Keeping our cholesterol level under control is an efficient method of keeping our heart healthy.

This is because the elevated level of bad cholesterol may lead to clogging of arteries of our heart, narrowing of blood vessels etc. which can, in turn, lead to cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

It has been found that eating onions on a regular basis is very beneficial for keeping our cholestrol level under control. The nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, cholestroldietary fibers etc. play an important role in managing our cholesterol level because of their ability to reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase the level of good HDL cholesterol.

In addition to this, the dietary fibers present in onions also plays an important role in keeping cholesterolevel under control. By doing so, they aids in the unclogging of arteries and thus reduces the risk of blockage.

(16) Increases the Production of Glutathione In Our Body

Another important health benefit of onions is their ability to increase the production of Glutathione in our body. Glutathione is an important antioxidant producted by our body when we eat vegetables like onions,cauliflowers,broccolli etc.

This antioxidant is very effective in combating against various types of cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer,lung cancer,prostate cancer,breast cancer etc. because of their ability to fight with the free radicals of our body.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions, so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them. Glutathione fights with these free radicals, stabilizes them and thus prevents our body cells from the oxidative stress.

In addition to this, it also plays an important role in making our cardiovascular system and immune system stronger (as it prevents them from the cardiovascular stress).

Glutathione is also good for our brain and helps in keeping our nervous system healthy. This is because they prevents our brain and the nervous system from the oxidative stress and thus reduces the risk of various neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, amnesia, Alzeihmer’s disease etc.

(17) Helps In Removing Toxins From Our Body

One of the most worrying aspects of our environment is how much we are exposed to some nasty metals (lead, cadmium, and mercury). These metals do a lot of harm in our bodies. We need to get rid of these by detoxifying. The best way of doing this is to find foods that have methionine and cystine, which are sulphur containing amino acids. These act as a magnet for those harmful metals, and help us excrete these. Guess what? Onions have plenty of these amino acids so they are really an excellent way of detoxifying.

Eating onions on a regular basis is very useful for removing harmful toxins from our body. This is mainly because of the abundance of nutrients like vitamins,minerals,antioxidants in them. The antioxidants present in onions fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

The dietary fibers present in onions acts as natural laxative, improves bowel moment and aids in smooth elimination of waste from our body.

Additionally, onions are also rich in sulfuric compounds like methionine and cystine. These compounds are like toxins-magnet and aids in the removal of toxic materials like lead,mercury and cadmium etc. In this world of elevated pollution level, we are being exposed to these toxic materials like lead,cadmium etc. almost all the time. So, it is a good idea to include onions in your diet.

Reference(s)

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/onion.html

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/10/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-onions.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-onion-that-will-surely-surprise-you.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/onion.html

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