Another traditional vegetable, the onion, has earned its place on our miraculous foods list.
Luckily, there seems to be a lot of people who know of its benefits, since more than 85% of Americans claim they enjoy eating it.
But, let’s see exactly how it can help you, what symptoms can it alleviate, and which diseases it can prevent.
Being closely related to garlic, onions share a good fair of properties and benefits.
It is rich in Vitamin C and flavonoids, both acting as antioxidants.
It contains a greater amount of the latter than garlic, making it even more powerful in boosting the immune system.
However, the key benefit of onions stands in quercetin, a compound that has strong anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
For this reason, it is believed that onions can successfully prevent or control issues like heart disease and cancer.
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Moreover, it has anti-histaminic impact, meaning that it alleviates the intensity of allergic reactions and it makes for a great natural remedy once you have a breakout.
Besides these effects, it can also help you decrease your cholesterol levels and minimize the chances of developing atherosclerosis.
This is due to the fact that it prevents blood clotting and purifies the blood.
It also protects the respiratory system, lowering the risk of cancer (especially for people who smoke).
Last, but not least, it alleviates the symptoms and pain caused by cystitis and prostatitis.
Just like its cousin (garlic), it helps prevent gastric ulcer, by stimulating the stomach to produce protective juice.
If you feel a stinging sensation after consuming onions or garlic, reduce the amounts or combine it with various foods.
To benefit from most of the nutrients, I recommend you to consume it raw, as it loses many of its properties once thermally prepared.
But, onions can be used as external remedies, as well. Because they are a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic, you can use a few onion rings on the infected area on your skin.
Cut and place them in a piece of gauze, and then keep the bandage against the skin for five minutes every day.
You’ll notice great improvement within the first three days, but I advise you to continue the treatment for seven full days, to prevent the infection from reappearing.
As you can see, one simple vegetable can bring you so many benefits.
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