The Power of Healing Foods, Health Benefits of Onions
Onions have many benefits to health as well. Much like garlic, onions help to increase the HDLÂ cholesterol in the blood, especially when they are eaten in their raw state. Onions also help to decrease the bad cholesterol or LDL in the blood and they increase the ability of the blood to dissolve blood clots. Onions are excellent at decreasing the risk inherent in developing diabetes and help to fight off the bacteria that are responsible for causing many infections in the human body.
Health Benefits of Onions:
*Onions have historically been used to treat asthma, too. Its action in asthma is due to its ability to inhibit the production of compounds that cause the bronchial muscle to spasm and to relax bronchial muscle.
Onions have also been shown to have a significant blood sugar-lowering action, even comparable to some prescription drugs.
*The active compound that seems to be responsible for lowering glucose works by competing with insulin for breakdown sites in the liver, thereby increasing the life span of insulin.
*Onions have potent antibacterial activity, destroying many disease-causing pathogens, including E. coli and salmonella.
Eating fibre reduces the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal complaints, colon cancer, type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Onion provide vitamins to the human body:
Vitamin C, also contained in onions, is excellent at detoxifying the body and is effective in removing lead, arsenic and cadmium. So increasing consumption of onions can help the body to get rid of these harmful metals.
Onions contain a variety of organic sulphur compounds that provide health benefits.
Sulphur-containing amino acids are found as the proteins in onions as well as garlic and eggs.
These specific amino acids are called methionine and cystine and, amongst other things, they are very good at detoxifying your body from heavy metals.
In fact, they are able to latch on to mercury, cadmium and lead and escort them out of the body.
Onion benefit against Cancer:
Onions decrease the risk of many different types of cancers. A compound known as quercetin has been discovered in onions and this compound is extremely powerful when it comes to fighting cancer and is an excellent antioxidant.
In fact, an onion extract was found to destroy tumor cells in test tubes and to arrest tumor growth when tumor cells were implanted in rats.
The onion extract was shown to be unusually nontoxic, since a dose as high as forty times that of the dose required to kill the tumor cells had no adverse effect on the host.
Get Rid of age spots on Face:
Apple Cider Vinegar is mixed with onion juice and applied directly to the skin, it can help you to get rid of age spots and sun spots. Finely chop or blend an onion, and use a strainer or cheese cloth to squeeze and extract the juice. Take one part of Apple Cider Vinegar and one part of onion juice and mix them together. Dab a cotton pad into the solution and apply it directly onto the age.
Remove pimples from face:
On face to get rid of pimples, acne and pigmentation marks.- Add honey in onion juice and apply on the face, this cures both the problems- Take enema of hot water with lemon juice.- Take boiled gourd and apply on face, this is very beneficial.- Mix rapeseed and rock salt in lemon juice and apply on pimples.- Grind almonds in goat milk and apply on pimples to get rid of pimples.- Rub the seed of date palm.
****Here are some quick serving ideas:
- Onions can be eaten on their own steamed, boiled or roasted.
- SautÃ©ed chopped onions can be added to almost any vegetable dish to enhance its nutritional content and taste.
- For an instant vegetarian chili, heat together 1 medium chopped sautÃ©ed onion, with 12-ounce/350 grams can of kidney beans, 12 ounces/350 grams of chunky tomato sauce, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and season to taste with chili powder.
- Chop 1 red onion, 2 medium tomatoes, 2 avocados and 1 jalapeÃ±no and combine together for an all-in-one guacamole salsa dip.
- Place chunks of onion or small pearl onions on a skewer, either alone or with other vegetables, coat lightly with olive oil, and grill for approximately 10 minutes.