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					Onions belong to the lily family, which also includes garlic, leeks,
chives, scallions, and shallots. Early American settlers used wild onions
to treat colds, cough, asthma, and to repel insects. Onions are effective
against many bacteria, including Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella, and E.
coli. There are many different types of onions, including red, yellow,
white, and green. Each different type of onion has its own unique flavor,
from very strong to mildly sweet. The high level of sulfur-containing
compounds gives onions their unique odor. The strongest smelling onions
provide the most health benefits. The best choice is yellow onions,
followed by red onions, and then white onions. They are a significant
source of vitamins B6 and C, dietary fiber, chromium, folate, manganese,
potassium, copper, and phosphorus.There are many good health benefits
involved with onions. A regular diet including onions can lower
cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. This can help to prevent
atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. It can also reduce the risk
of heart attack and stroke. Onions are able to increase good-type HDL
cholesterol and reduce total cholesterol levels to make a person
healthier. Onions are good for diabetics because they contain allyl
propyl disulfide, which lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the
amount of free insulin available. They also contain thiosulfinates that
reduce the symptoms of diabetes. Colorful onions, such as red or yellow,
contain the most thiosulfinates. It is best to eat onions raw or lightly
cooked because heat diminishes thiosulfinates. Onions contain sulfides
which might lower blood lipids and blood pressure.Onions contain
flavonoids, such as quercetin, that can reduce the risk of developing
colon cancer by stopping the growth of tumors and protecting colon cells
from the damaging effects of certain cancer-causing substances. The
flavonoids improve the integrity of blood vessels and decreases
inflammation. They also provide protection against cardiovascular
disease. Quercetin protects the body against stomach ulcers and colon,
esophageal, and breast cancers. Quercetin extract enhances physical
performance and endurance.Other interesting facts about onions are that
onion extracts are good at relieving coughs and colds, asthma, and
bronchitis. They decrease bronchial spasms and allergy-induced bronchial
constriction in asthma patients. They are very rich in chromium, which is
a mineral that helps cells respond to insulin. They are effective against
osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, they destroy osteoclasts so that they
don't break down bone.Onions are safe to eat for most people but eating
too much of this food may cause stomach distress and gastrointestinal
irritation that might cause nausea or diarrhea. Cutting onions under cold
running water is good at reducing watery eyes and eye irritation. Cut
onions should either be stored in a sealed container or wrapped tightly
in plastic wrap and immediately refrigerated. Uncut onions should be
stored in a cool, dark, and dry place.

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Onions belong to the lily family, which also includes garlic, leeks,
chives, scallions, and shallots. Early American settlers used wild onions
to treat colds, cough, asthma, and to repel insects. Onions are effective
against many bacteria, including Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella, and E.
coli. There are many different types of onions, including red, yellow,
white, and green. Each different type of onion has its own unique flavor,
from very strong to mildly sweet. The high level of sulfur-containing
compounds gives onions their unique odor. The strongest smelling onions
provide the most health benefits. The best choice is yellow onions,
followed by red onions, and then white onions. They are a significant
source of vitamins B6 and C, dietary fiber, chromium, folate, manganese,
potassium, copper, and phosphorus.There are many good health benefits
involved with onions. A regular diet including onions can lower
cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. This can help to prevent
atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.Also it can reduce the risk of
heart attack and stroke. Onions are able to increase good-type HDL
cholesterol and reduce total cholesterol levels to make a person
healthier. Onions are good for diabetics because they contain allyl
propyl disulfide, which lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the
amount of free insulin available. They also contain thiosulfinates that
reduce the symptoms of diabetes. Colorful onions, such as red or yellow,
contain the most thiosulfinates. It is best to eat onions raw or lightly
cooked because heat diminishes thiosulfinates. Onions contain sulfides
which might lower blood lipids and blood pressure.Onions contain
flavonoids, such as quercetin, that can reduce the risk of developing
colon cancer by stopping the growth of tumors and protecting colon cells
from the damaging effects of certain cancer-causing substances. The
flavonoids improve the integrity of blood vessels and decreases
inflammation. They also provide protection against cardiovascular
disease. Quercetin protects the body against stomach ulcers and colon,
esophageal, and breast cancers. Quercetin extract enhances physical
performance and endurance.Other interesting facts about onions are that
onion extracts are good at relieving coughs and colds, asthma, and
bronchitis. They decrease bronchial spasms and allergy-induced bronchial
constriction in asthma patients. They are very rich in chromium, which is
a mineral that helps cells respond to insulin. They are effective against
osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, they destroy osteoclasts so that they
don't break down bone.Onions are safe to eat for most people but eating
too much of this food may cause stomach distress and gastrointestinal
irritation that might cause nausea or diarrhea. Cutting onions under cold
running water is good at reducing watery eyes and eye irritation. Cut
onions should either be stored in a sealed container or wrapped tightly
in plastic wrap and immediately refrigerated. Uncut onions should be
stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. So, you can know what onions work
for health. Thanks for reading

				
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