The onions, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium, which also includes chives, garlic, and leeks. These vegetables have characteristic pungent flavors and some medicinal properties.
Vary in size, shape, color, and flavor. The most common types are red, yellow, and white onions. The taste of these vegetables can range from sweet and juicy to sharp, spicy, and pungent, often depending on the season in which people grow and consume them.
Rich in powerful sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects. Onions contain allyl propyl disulfide, while garlic is rich in allicin, diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide, and others. In addition, very rich in chromium, a trace mineral that helps cells respond to insulin, plus vitamin C, and numerous flavonoids, most notably, quercetin.
Onions contain extraordinarily powerful compounds that possess many health benefits. Hundreds of scientific studies published on these naturally-occurring compounds show that they are highly protective to nerves and the cardiovascular system, and that they enhance immune function, fight the growth of many types of tumors, help to promote healthy hormone function, and many more.
In many parts of the world, onions are used to heal blisters and boils. A traditional Maltese remedy for sea urchin wounds is to tie half a baked onion to the afflicted area overnight. In the morning, the spikes will be in the onion.
In the United States, products that contain onion extract (such as Mederma) are used in the treatment of topical scars.
Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.
Health benefits of onions
- Onions are rich in vitamin c, are anti-inflammatory, and contain antioxidants. They boost the immune system, help keep the heart healthy, and promote good stomach bacteria.
- Onions are high in quercetin, an antioxidant known for being a natural antihistamine. Onions also provide calcium, iron, folate and fibre.
- In animal studies, components in allium vegetables have been shown to slow the development of several types of cancer.
- Allium vegetables have been respected for their health benefits for thousands of years, long before science and modern medicine was able to explain why they’re actually good for us.
- Onions really are the original superfood.*
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