Food Facts - Herbs



Onions have been known to possess curative value since ancient times. Even the World Health Organization confirms that onions are beneficial for people with a reduced appetite and those suffering from atherosclerosis. Onions have so many valuable medicinal applications because of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds contained in them, including the presence of sulfuric compounds and quercetin in traces of the essential oils. Onions also contain mineral components such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, selenium and phosphorus, and they are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber.

1. Fights Infections :
Onions have anti-biotic, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties which help you stay away from infections.

2. Good source of nutrition :
Onions are rich in sulphur, fibres, potassium, Iron, vitamin B, vitamin C and are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

3. Immune System Strength :
The phytochemicals that are present in significant amounts in onions act as a stimulant to vitamin C within the body. Thus efficacy of vitamin C, and subsequently immune system, is boosted when you eat onions. It supercharges your immune system against toxins and various foreign bodies that can lead to disease and illness.

4. Healthy Heart :
The bad cholesterol that causes heart problems can be burnt if onions are consumed daily. Onion protects and encourages the production of good cholesterol thus preventing any heart disorders.

5. Manages Diabetes :
Onions contain chromium, which is a relatively unusual mineral to find naturally in food. Chromium helps the body manage blood sugar levels and ensure a slow, gradual release of glucose to the muscles and the body cells, thus modulating blood sugar level which is vitally important for diabetic patients.

6. Treatment for Common Ailments :
It is an immediate cure for fever, common cold, cough, sore throat, allergies etc. A mixture of onion juice and honey can cure these problems easily.

7. Prevention of Cancer :
Onions are rich in active compounds Quercetin, Vitamin C that successfully inhibit the development and spread of cancerous cells. Quercetin is a very powerful antioxidant compound that has been consistently linked to the prevention or reduction of the spread of cancer.

8. Treatment of Anaemia :
Even anaemic conditions can be improved by eating onions along with jaggery and water, because this adds to the mineral content of the body, especially iron, which is an essential part of producing new red blood cells.

9. Relieves Stomach Aches :
Onions have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that give relief to upset stomach and other related gastric syndromes. It also improves digestive system.

10. Glowing Skin :
Onion juice mixed with honey or olive oil is said to be best treatment for treating symptoms or signs of acne. Onions have anti inflammatory properties and can reduce the redness and swelling that is commonly associated with many skin conditions .

11. Good Oral Health :
Onions are often used to prevent tooth decay and oral infections. Chewing raw onions for 2 to 3 minutes can potentially kill all the germs present in the oral area and surrounding places like the throat and lips.

12. Treating Urinary Disorders :
For those suffering from a burning sensation during urination, onions can provide considerable relief. People suffering from this condition should drink water boiled with 6 to 7 grams of onions.