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Why one should eat more onions?

Onions have a unique odour and flavour, but they offer plenty of nutritional benefits. They are rich in vitamins A, B6, C and E, minerals such as sodium, potassium, iron and folic acid, plus they contain natural sugars.


Onions contain a variety of organic sulphur compounds- thiosulphinates, thiosulphonates, mono-di and tri-sulphides, which contributes in lowering blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Reducing the bad cholesterol can prevent you from the coronary diseases, platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which may be the reason for heart problems.


The allyl propyl disulphide in onions can lower blood sugar levels by increasing the insulin levels. A research study published in the journal Clinica Chimica Acta, the essential oils in onions can regulate the blood glucose levels and significantly increase the β-cell functions in your pancreas. It thus helps Type-2 diabetic patients.



Onions are high in Vitamin C, powerful anti-inflammatory agents and the polyphenols act as antioxidants protecting the body against free radicals and improving immunity. Eliminating the radicals can boost your immune system. Onions can also increase production of interferons like TNF-α and IL-12 that improves phagocytosis, and they further increase the activity of natural killer cells and fights against infectious agents.


Quercetin, a compound in onions works as sedative to lower pain, depression, anxiety and stress. Onions can also help you from insomnia, and the antioxidants present in it protects from the wrinkles and fine line, thanks to its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Eat raw onion pieces to reduce the inflammation and heal infections.



As said, onions are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C that aid in eliminating the formation of free radicals which can cause cancer. Onion can help against battling colon cancer, prostate cancer, esophageal and stomach cancer. Onions and turmeric combined in your dishes create a synergistic effect that lowers both the size and number of precancerous hosts in the intestine, lowering cancer risks.



Onions can boost sperm count and quality. According to a recent study, rats when fed with onion juice found to had significantly increased sperm count as well as increased number of viable and motile sperms. –NGB


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