Onions, A Dietary Anti-Carcinogen
Never mind the minor inconvenience of having to use a little extra mouth wash after eating a few slices-onions are a powerful weapon in your fight against many diseases, cancer being one. According to many doctors, people who eat onions have a lower risk of many types of cancers, some of which include breast, ovarian, and esophageal.
Let's peel back the layers of this incredible food, and take a quick look at some of the health benefits:
~ Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar and may help boost metabolism.
~ Onions may help reduce inflammation.
~ The phytochemicals in onions improve the absorption and working of vitamin C in the body, thus helping boost your immune system.
~ Onions contain quercetin, which has been shown to decrease cancer tumor initiation.
~ Onions have shown to improve intestinal flora and improve absorption of calcium and magnesium due to that fructans they contain.
~ Eating onions may lower your risk of getting cataracts.
~ Onions may help in the reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides.
So, how much should you eat to reap the protective benefits of onions? Some research suggests that a daily serving of raw or cooked onion (1/2 cup) is best.
Remember, Folks, food determines how we feel and heal!
Source: Dr. Mercola, "What's New and Beneficial About Onions?", April 12, 2014, www.mercola.com.