Onions are like a necessity for all of us. They are also known as Pyaz or Kanda or Dungri (Hindi), Nirulli/Ullipayalu/Yerra Gaddalu (Telugu), Vaengayam (Tamil), Savala (Malayalam), Ulligadde/Erulli/Neeruli (Kannada), Pyajj/Piyaz (Bengali), Dungri/Kanda (Gujarati), and Kandaa (Marathi). Onions come in several varieties: red, white, yellow, and green (scallions). Yellow onions are considered the sweetest-tasting.
The humble onion is loaded with numerous health benefits, and scientists are still discovering how beneficial this vegetable really is. They are rich in antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing the free radicals present in the human body. They have been used for decades by human beings for medicinal purposes. You can include both raw and cooked onions in about every meal of the day.
One raw, medium-sized onion contains 60 calories, 1 gram of protein, 200 milligrams of potassium and 11.9 milligrams of vitamin C. Onion has high levels of sulphur-containing compounds that are responsible for their strong smell and healing properties. They are good sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Folic acid, Chromium, Calcium and Fiber.
Benefits of eating raw onions
Eating raw onions benefits us in many ways. We have categorized it into three parts i.e Health, Skin and hair. These are discussed below in detail:
Pungent yellow extracts provids the strongest anti-proliferation protection against liver cancer cells. Onions are one of the richest sources of flavonoids in the human diet. Red onions are the most effective in destroying breast and colon cancer cells. These onions have high levels of quercetin and anthocyanin – two compounds that contribute to this characteristic.
Red onions are also a fantastic source of chromium which lowers blood sugar and enhances cellular insulin sensitivity. Chromium deficiencies lead to diabetes and heart disease. Onions contain thiosulfinates that act as natural blood thinners and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Onion juice can work wonder for ear disease. If you are feeling pain in your ears then you can put few drops of onion juice in it. that will give relief to your ears. They contain the same strong antibiotic/ antiviral, and anti-fungal ingredient found in garlic, called allicin. It also contain a larger dose of a natural anti-inflammatory.
Treatment for Cough
Onion juice is helpful in cough. Onions contain sulphur compounds that helps in fighting mucus and promote the expulsion of mucus from your airways. Onion is considered to be the most powerful natural antibiotics, which can fight for both viral and bacterial infections, and ease the symptoms of sore throat. Mix some onion juice with honey can relieve you from cough as well as also gives relief to your swelling throat.
Good for sleep
Onions contain prebiotics, which, as per a study, can improve sleep and even reduce stress. There are various conventional medicines that help balance and maintain the levels of hemoglobin in our bodies. However, going the natural route prevents us from the side effects of the conventional medication. These byproducts can influence brain function and induce sleep.
This vegetable is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory by nature. All these properties cumulatively make it a great remedy for acne by killing infection-causing bacteria, reducing inflammation, healing the scars, and preventing further breakouts.
The antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E fights against the damage caused by the harmful UV rays as well as prevent free radical damage that is responsible for causing premature aging of our skin. Onion is one of the richest sources of quercetin, the most powerful antioxidant that can keep your skin wrinkle-free.
Blemish free and remove dark spots
The vitamin content (especially vitamin C) of onion is known to nourish your skin efficiently while making it healthy, blemish-free, and full of radiance. The rich variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants in onion nourish your skin while removing the skin impurities.
Onion juice is very good for hair growth. You can apply directly onion juice to your hairs and leave it overnight. But you have to wait for few months to see the desired results.
You can mix onion juice with coconut oil or almond oil and use it for massaging your scalp. It can kill the bacteria that promotes the growth of dandruff.
Maintains hair color
They are naturally potent antioxidants, due to which they help reverse the effects of premature graying. It maintains hair color. Many people will peel off the first few layers and lose much of these critical nutrients. Be sure to utilize the outer, fleshy edible portions as much as possible. Over peeling, by taking off the outer 2 layers of flesh will cost one about 20% of its quercetin and over 75% of its anthocyanins.