Boost your immune system and health with onions

As much as people try to stay away from the smelly and tear-inducing vegetable, they have no idea how many benefits they are missing out on when avoiding the onion. The onion comes in many forms including yellow onions, sweet onion, red, white and green onions and shallots as well as leeks.

According to Care2.com onions are great for :

  • Helping improve your immunity system. It’s packed with phytochemicals  along with their vitamin C.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Got stung by a honeybee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often.

If you are unsure about the taste of onions, try this cool recipe to ease you into the vegetable:

  AUTHOR
Lauren Beukes
Journalist

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