Nutritional highlights: lowers blood pressure, inflammation, and cholesterol. A bona fide aphrodisiac. Recent studies discovered anti cancer compounds. And a new study shows an increase in testosterone levels in rats by over 300%.
A close relative of garlic, onions have been grown and consumed the world over for millennia, from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and the Mediterranean. Also used in North America by Native Americans, the first colonists discovered wild onions growing nearly everywhere. Legend has it that the onion was the major source of nutrition for both Plato and his student Socrates.
Onions are exceptionally low in calories, and contain no cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat. They’re rich in vitamins A, B-9, and C, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber.
Onions diminish constipation, fend off the flu, fever, colds, and infection, and boost circulation. Recent research shows compounds in onions fight osteoporosis.
The vitamins in onions are powerful antioxidants important for healthy vision. They help diminish appetite and thus are a great boon to weight loss efforts. These vitamins also inhibit viruses, lower bad cholesterol, protect against stroke, and diminish the risk of cancer.
The minerals in onions include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, molybdenum, iron, manganese, and chromium. These minerals are essential for maintaining strong bones, teeth, muscles, heart, kidneys, and nerves. These minerals also sustain healthy blood pressure, fends of aging, and control sugar levels.
Recent studies show that onions are rich in allicin which has anti-cancer properties and is important for diabetics because it reduces blood sugar levels. Other phytonutrients in onions have been shown to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, decrease depression and anxiety, and protect the eyes and skin.
Try these wonderful fresh juice recipes that including onion!
Carrot Apple Onion Juice
2 Carrots – skin and all!
2 Apples – skin, seeds, core and all!
1 Sweet Potato – with the skin!
Slice of Onion
1/2 thumb of Ginger
Beet Onion Green Juice – Thank You Cassendre Xavier!
3 Collard greens
3 Red Cabbage leaves
Thick slice of Red Onion