Move your screen closer to you, ensure you are alone, then read as I dish out these top secrets about Onions to you. As a doctor, detective, lawyer, therapist, etc you are to keep every secret/discussion confidential. You are expected not to share with anyone. Is that also the rule that guides this secret I am about to give?
Worry not! It is top secret, but the rule that guides this secret is “never keep to yourself, share with friends and family, put to use this secret and always ensure you subscribe to this blog post”. The rule is not that difficult after all.
Why Onions? If you remember I once said I don’t know how to mind my business, not minding my business pushed me into finding out these secrets I am about to share.
It is not something new that an average typical Yoruba family has an affiliation with Onions and mine was never left out. Growing up, we never lacked Onions. We might lack foodstuffs at times, but Onions we never lacked. You might wonder why? it is because almost all of them at home loves it, except for myself and my immediate elder sister. At first, I find myself eating the cooked one with my family, but never the raw one. However, all of a sudden, I outgrew eating it, right from a very young age.
You can blend with pepper to cook with stew and I eat it, but once it is sliced into rice or any food and it is obvious to me, I reject the food outright. That was the norm for myself and my sister as we grow up, then my parents will usually say “How can you both be healthy, it’s everything with benefits you both don’t know how to eat, this will help you correct your vision, learn to eat it…”. Those were the exact words of my parent, especially mum, anytime the issue of Onion pops up.
We attained the freedom of no onions when we gained admission, but then I find out most students and married women around my hostel can’t do without it and the same sermon started when some of my coursemates who comes visiting finds out that I cook without it.
What’s with the fuss about onions? Could there be something special or it is just an overhyped food/spice? I decided to find out, then what I found amazed me.
What are the Top secrets about Onions?
1.) Low Risk of Cancer, Stroke, and Heart diseases: Onion contains a nutrient called quercetin, this nutrient helps fight cancer such as lung, stomach, and colorectal cancer. It also contains Sulfur compounds that help reduce the level of cholesterol in the body alongside the breaking down of blood clots which immunes one against Cancer and stroke. The antioxidants properties it contains help reduce high blood pressure and fight diabetes as well. Its Quercetin and flavonoid antioxidants prevent tumor growth.
This sulfur compound is responsible for the sharp, strong taste and smell of Onion. However, you should eat it raw to get the most of the sulfur compounds.
2.) It gives healthy bone density: A onion contains 25.3 mg of Calcium, this calcium strengthens the bones. Drinking onion juice daily or eating an Onion per day helps increase your bone mineral density because onions aid the reduction of oxidative stress, increase antioxidants growth and reduce bone loss.
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3.) It helps respiratory or digestion health: Onion produces a relaxing effect on the muscles of the distanced trachea that helps asthma patients breathe easily as a result of the flavonoid it contains.
Onions are a rich and high source of prebiotics that helps increase digestive health, maintain bacteria gut, and help the immune system.
4.) It gives a good vision: This is the only one my parent know and it turns out to be true. Onion contains Selenium that produces Vitamin E and this helps keep painful eye problems at a distance since Conjunctivitis is a common eye problem. It is noted that some natural eye drops contain extract of onion juice.
5.) It aids Oral health: It has vitamin C content that helps our oral hygiene.
6.) It increases Sexual health: it is shocking, right? Well, A partner with erectile dysfunction can eat onion daily, it corrects it as well as increases the testosterone level in men.
7.) Glowing and ageless skin: It contains Vitamin A, C, and K that are needed for flawless skin. It helps get rid of pigmentation. You can add onion juice to your face cleanser to get acne-free skin.
8.) Healthy hair: Its antibacterial properties help prevent dandruff and lice from the scalp, so onion juice can be used for washing hair.