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HEALTH BENEFITS OF ONION(Allium cepa)

Onion is a round vegetable with many layers inside each other and a brown, red or white skin. Onions have a strong smell and flavor. Since the history of man, onion has been cultivated and valued.

White onions have been proven by medical research to be the most effective and useful. Onion contains a high level of water, protein, fat carbohydrate, calcium, vitamins and iron. It is a remedy for rheumatism, high blood pressure, cough, catarrh, sore throat, leprosy, piles and blood impurities.
The onion has effective germicidal properties.

Whenever possible, a medium sized onion a day is the therapeutic minimum recommended dose which must be eaten raw in cases of high blood pressure, arthritis, kidney stones, rheumatism and obesity. The maximum of this therapy which should be taken depends on as much as your stomach can tolerate.

It has also been proven that the juice of raw onion is a sure antibiotic which fights different bacteria that usually cause skin infections. Such skin infections include wrinkles, acne, abscesses, burns and wounds. It also helps beautify the skin when directly applied to the skin as a lotion.



Allium vegetables have been studied extensively in relation to cancer , especially stomach and colorectal cancers . The beneficial and preventative effects are likely due to their rich organosulfur compounds. Although the exact mechanism by which these compounds inhibit cancer is unknown, possible hypothesis include the inhibition of tumor growth and mutagenesis and prevention of free radical formation.

Onions are also a source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C that helps to combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.

 High fiber intakes from all fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

 In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer . They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.
 
Frequent intake of allium vegetables has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer . Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals.

 Folate, found in onions, may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Excess homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood, but also sleep and appetite as well.
 
 Allium vegetables have been studied extensively in relation to cancer , especially stomach and colorectal cancers . Their beneficial and preventative effects are likely due in part to their rich organosulfur compounds. Although the exact mechanism by which these compounds inhibit cancer is unknown, possible hypothesis include the inhibition of tumor growth and mutagenesis and prevention of free radical formation.
Onions are also a source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C that helps to combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.

High fiber intakes from all fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer . They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.

 Frequent intake of allium vegetables has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer . Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals.

Folate, found in onions, may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Excess homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood, but also sleep and appetite as well.

 Adequate intake of vitamin C is needed for the building and maintenance of
collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Onion can be prepared in so many ways. The onion syrup is prepared by boiling several sliced onions with some water, honey and sugar. This form when taken by a spoonful is good for respiratory cases. Also it can be grilled or boiled and in this way lose its acid and sour taste. This makes the onion more consumable in large quantities because it will now be well tolerated by the stomach. If cooked in water, the broth is to be drunk but if grilled two or three onions is recommended a day with their broth. If you mix the juice extract of onion with sugar, it is an ideal remedy for bleeding piles. Onion is also good for indigestion and biliousness.