As you all know, onions are extremely beneficial for our overall health, and the best part about them is that you can peel them layer by layer.
It should be mentioned that every single part of onion has its own benefits which is why you should slice through multiple layers when preparing your meals.
Layer 1: this part of the onion contains antibacterials, phytonutrients and antioxidants which is why the onion is considered as a powerhouse for promoting health inside and out.
Layer 2: onions are abundant in band C vitamins, potassium, phosphorus,manganese, copper and dietary fiber.
Layer 3: the reason why people cry when they cut onions is because they contain sulfur compounds which are able to prevent Parkinson’s disease, regulate blood sugar, prevents cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Not a bad trade-off for a few tears!
Here are five other layers of benefit we derive from onions—a few of which may surprise you.
- Fights Inflammation
The major cause for all diseases is inflammation and there are many dietary and environmental factors that cause it, including refined grains, artificial sweeteners, personal care products, trans fats, sugar, air pollution, inadequate nutrition and processed foods.
Numerous experts from all over the world claim that onions contain phytochemicals that counteract excessive inflammation, which is why they promote general health. Moreover, onions are extremely efficient when it comes to treating arthritis, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
- Fever Reducer
In order to bring down the fever, all you have to do is to put half an onion in each sock during the night. In the morning, you will feel the difference. Another solution is to add onion in your soup and eat it.
According to the study published in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology , onions combined with turmeric give a synergistic chemical reaction which causes pre-cancerous cell death:
“A decrease in polyp number was observed in four of the five patients at three months and four of the four patients at six months. Side effects were minimal [mild diarrhea].”
- Heart Health
As you already know, there is a red onion as well and the main reason why they are red is due to the pigment called anthocyanin. Moreover, it is also a powerful flavonoid antioxidant which has the ability to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol. As a result of that, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk of stroke and heart attack is reduced due to the sulfuric compounds that prevent blood platelets from clumping and clogging your blood vessels.
- Skin Burns
Onions can also help you relive pain and inflammation, but also to inhibit the formation of blisters and it’s all due to their sulfuric and quercetin properties. All you have to do is to apply a freshly-cut union directly to a fresh burn or sunburn to induce healing.