September 13th, 2015
Many of us have shed tears when cracking open an onion to prepare for a meal. Yes it's true, they may make you cry every now and then, but the benefits of onions may help reduce your risk for many diseases that affect your oral health and overall health. Onions have been found to help improve the immune system, bacterial infections, respiratory diseases, and even reduce your risk of developing tooth decay! They are even known to keep blood-drinking insects away.
Onions are one of the most widely used vegetables and are typically known for giving a tasty kick to many foods. They come in a variety of sizes, colors that are grown across the globe based on the season. The great part is that onions have many medicinal applications because they are full of important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This includes, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, Folate, and potassium. They are also rich in sulfur compounds, which are found to stop biochemical processes that lead to asthmatic conditions.
Here’re some of the awesome health benefits of onions:
Good For Your Oral Health:
Of course, onions are the most delicate-smelling food items. But, with proper oral health habits, you can keep your breath smelling good and still reap the benefits that onions have to offer. Onions are believed to help prevent tooth decay and oral infections. Particularly when eaten raw, onions have powerful antibacterial properties as a result of their antimicrobial sulfur-containing compounds. Consuming raw onions can kill many bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease in the mouth.
Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy:
Onions act as a blood-thinner, which in helps to prevents blood clot formation that could lead to cardiovascular diseases.
A Good Insect Repellent:
Onion juice can be used to keep insects away and also to help with bee stings.
Can Help Maintain Beauty:
The many antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E help to keep the skin shining. In addition, the high sulfur content in onions can help with hair growth.
Helps Improve Asthma:
As mentioned, onions contain quercetin and sulfur compounds, which researchers have found to act similarly to an antihistamine.
Prevents Colon Cancer:
Quercetin not only helps asthmatic conditions, it also aids in preventing the development of tumors.
If you experience sinus problems, onions can help loosen mucous and make breathing much easier!
Improves the Immune System:
Onions contain significant amounts of phytochemicals, which helps stimulate the action of vitamin C in the body and prevent toxins that can lead to illness.
Helps Reduce Risk of Cancer:
Vitamin C also helps stop the formation of free radicals in the body and thus the spread of deadly diseases like cancer.
Onions can help to lower glucose levels and maintain sugar levels appropriately in the body.
It is important to eat for your teeth! Healthy teeth and gums significantly depend upon one's diet. Onion is an important ingredient in all kitchens and can easily be added to your favorite dishes. So, the next time onions make you cry, turn them into tears of joy, considering the many health benefits of consuming onions.
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