Onion : Be The Antibiotic and Antiseptic

By kam February 4, 2017 10:26

Onion : Be The Antibiotic and Antiseptic

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  • Our relationship with onion is totally a love-hate situation. We adore the fact that it gives any home-cooked meal an extra zing and boost of taste. We detest the fact that it doesn’t leave us with the best-smelling breath it the world and it even makes us cry

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The onion, like all members of the allium family, is rich in sulfur. That sulfur content can lend the onion antibiotic and antiseptic qualities that are often put to good use by the naturopath or home remedy practitioner for both internal and external use. Onions contain phytochemical compounds such as phenolics that are under basic research to determine their possible properties in humans.For centuries, onions have been touted as the one thing that might be able to kill a flu infection.

1. Fight Off Fever

Onions simply ooze with nutrients. One of the most significant nutrients found in red and yellow onions is quercitin. In case you didn’t know, quercitin is an amazing flavonoid with huge antioxidant properties. Thanks to the high levels of quercitin, certain types of onion have the power to help you fight off fever, as well as bronchitis and asthma. In the case of fever, cut up a few slices of onion, place them in a pair of socks and put them on your feet. The burning sensation caused by the fever will wear off in no time.

2. Phytonutrients

One of the greatest health benefits of onions is their amazing amounts of phytonutrients. For those of you who don’t know, phytonutrients (or phytochemicals) are “bioactive plant-derived compounds associated with positive health effects”. When it comes to onions, these layered bulbs are completely packed with polyphenols, which are one of the greatest types of phytonutrients that can be found in food. Flavonoids, which we spoke about above, are part of the polyphenol family. Onions are so rich in polyphenol phytonutrients that they even contain more than garlic, carrots or tomatoes. Start fighting off diseases!

3. Heart Protection

If you include more onions into your diet, you are lowering your risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases. If you regularly eat onions, as well as other flavonoid-filled fruits and vegetables, you will be preventing potential heart attacks (which we all know can be fatal) and you will be protecting your blood vessels. This is owing to the fact that flavonoids come with a wide series of health benefits on their own.

4. Cure Colds & Coughs

One of the most popular health benefits of onions is curing colds and coughs. Personally, I remember my mother making me onion tea whenever I had a cough and, even though it was difficult to swallow, it actually worked after a couple of days of use. The secret that my mother used was to boil the outer layers of red onions, which are very well-known for fighting off common respiratory diseases. The power to cure colds and coughs is also thanks to the anti-bacterial properties that onions possess, which keep you away from infections.

5. Antioxidant

You should know that onions are also rich in antioxidant properties. These properties, in particular, are connected to the health of your heart, as they are critical for protecting it from disease. Surprisingly enough, onions are actually one of the foods that are the richest in antioxidants. Another fun fact is that the antioxidants in onions are actually the ones that give onions their specific taste and aroma. In addition to this, the antioxidants included in onions can even help you ward off cancer.  We will be discussing more about this subject in a separate spot below.

6. Immunity Boost

Among the many super foods out there that build up your immunity, onions are one of the best. The phytonutrients that we spoke about in the first part of this article boost your immune system and help you steer clear of infections and diseases. Additionally, the antioxidant properties are also a key factor for a healthy immune system. The flavonoids included in onions play a significant role when it comes to boosting immunity.

7. Antibacterial

According to Foods-Healing-Power.com, onions “have potent antibacterial activity, destroying many disease-causing pathogens, including E. coli and salmonella”. This is, yet again, thanks to the quercetin flavonoids included in onions, but also to the compounds that contain sulfur. These antibacterial properties will help you stay away from tooth cavities and other types of diseases in the oral cavity. Research has proven that these antibacterial properties work best when the onions are both uncooked and fresh, as opposed to being left at room temperature for a day or two.

By kam February 4, 2017 10:26
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