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What are different health benefits of having onion in your daily diet?

Since ages, onions (Allium cepa) have been an indispensable part of our kitchen requirements. It has become a basic ingredient to a tasty meal, be it raw in salads or fillings, or fried as a spice, it definitely makes all the difference. It’s probably never, that we once considered the benefits we get from onions.

There is a long list of health benefits of onions, which probably is the reason why through the ages onions have become indispensable. Onion contains vitamins A, B and C and other minerals like calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, chromium, selenium and potassium. It also contains carbohydrates and some amount of protein and calories. However, the health benefits of onions are mainly due to the presence of the sulphur containing compounds and quercetin which makes it a potent antioxidant.

Some of the various health benefits of onions are discussed below:

– Oral health
If the pungent smell could be excused, onions are known to be very helpful in maintaining oral health and help avoid any form of oral infections and tooth decay.
– Cardiovascular health
Onions are known for their cardiovascular benefits like lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. IT is known to help overcome atherosclerosis, a coronary condition resulting from deposit of fatty acids on the sides of the artery. Onion consumption helps in thinning the blood and there by avoiding and coronary blocks. This anti- coagulating property of onion is mainly attributed to its high sulphide content.
– Anti carcinogenic
Onions have a high content of phyto chemicals also know as flavonoids. One such flavonoid is Quercetin which is known to prevent the growth of tumors or cancer of the colon. Recent research have also shown that consumption of onions can avoid stomach cancer.
– Respiratory infections
Onions, since ancient times have been known to provide relief in respiratory ailments like cough, bronchitis, asthma and cold. Onions are also used to decrease brochial spasms, soreness in throat, treatment of sinus and other breathing problems.
– Diabetes
Onions contain chromium. This mineral is known to assist in the control of blood sugar levels as it helps the cells in responding to insulin. Thus consumption of onion can substantially help in avoiding diabetes. Onions also act as a diuretic helping in countering the retention of water which may be caused due to diabetes.
– Osteoporosis
More recent studies have added one more to the list of health benefits of onions. Studies have indicated that consumption of onions can help reduce bone loss in menopausal women.
– Aphrodisiac
Onions have been known to increase sexual drive. Consumption of a concoction of onions and ginger juice can boost ones sexual drive.
– Antimicrobial
The characteristic odor of onions is due to the presence of sulphur compounds, which, apart from the pungent smell also imparts antimicrobial properties to onions. Any alimentary disorders arising due to bacterial infection can be treated by the consumption of onions. It is also known to treat constipation and flatulence.
– Skin treatment
Onions are also known to help in the treatment of acne. A mixture of onions with olive oil or honey can help to reduce acne and get a glowing skin.
– Hair loss
Onions also help in the re-growth of hair. Onion juice if applied on scalp can help in the regeneration of hair growth.
– Anemia
The high content of iron in onions also helps in the treatment of anemia which is a common health problem faced by women.
The smaller the onions the more pungent it is which indicates the higher content of phyto chemicals in them. These are the variety of onions which possess more health promoting factors in them.

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