Onion (Allium cepa)

Onions are believed to have asthma prevention abilities, general disease-preventive measure,
antiviral and blood-sugar balancing properties. Drinking a warm delicious onion soup is a good idea,
when we have a cold.

In the old time, people drank a heated mixture of olive oil, chopped onion, flaxseed for relieving
cough, bronchitis or chest congestion.

RESEARCH FINDINGS ON GARLIC BENEFITS

Onion contains a flavonoid called quercetin which can reduce blood pressure and inhibit signal
transduction pathways in vitro that regulate cardiac hypertrophy. [1] In a study of Sprague-Dawley
rats, supplementation of Welsh onion lowered the blood pressure. [6]

Actually, quercetin has powerful chemical and biological activities including chelatin, free-radical
scavenging and antioxidant activities. [4] Onion also contains large amounts of triterpenic acids and
amino acids. Thus, onion has excellent health benefits on wound and scar healing. [3] Consumption
of onion is also  linked to decreased prostate cancer mortality risk. [2] And in a test-tube study,
quercetin protects against the genotoxic effects of atrazine. [4]

Several studies show onion possesses antidiabetic potential. [5]

[1] Jalili T et al Quercetin-supplemented diets lower blood pressure and attenuate cardiac
hypertrophy in rats with aortic constriction. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol 2006 Apr;47(4):531-41. [2] Colli
JL et al, International comparions of prostate cancer mortality rates with dietary practices and sunlight
levels. Urol Oncol. 2006 May-Jun;24(3):184-94. [3] Tataringa G et al, Phytochemical and
microbiological characterization of two Allium cepa L extracts in order to include in dermocosmetics.
Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2005 Jul-Sep;109(3):676-9. [4] Mastrangelo S et al Quercetin
reduces chromosome aberrations induced by atrazine in the Allium cepa test. Environ Mol Mutagen.
2006 May;47(4):254-9. [5] Srinivasan K. Plant foods in the managment of diabetes mellitus: spices as
beneficial antidiabetic food adjuncts. Int. J Food Sci Nutr. 2005 Sep;56(6):399-414. [6] Yamamoto Y et
al, Antioxidative and antihypertensive effects of Welsh onion on rats fed with a high-fat high-sucrose
diet. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 2005 Jul;69(7): 1311-7.

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References: (1) Amagase, H., Petesch, B.L., Matsuura, H. et al. (2001) "Intake of garlic and its bioactive
components." J. Nutr. 131: 955S-926S.  (2) Fleischauer, A.T. and Arab, L. (2001) "Garlic and cancer: a critical
review of the epidemiologic literature." J. Nutrition 131: 1032S-1040S.  (3) Milner, J.A. (2001) "Mechanisms by
which garlic and allyl sulfur compounds suppress carcinogen bioactivation. Garlic and carcinogenesis." Adv. Exp.
Med. Biol 492: 69-81.  (4) Milner, J.A. (2001) "A historical perspective on garlic and cancer." J. Nutrition 131:
1027S-1031S.  (5) "Allium Vegetables and Organosulfur Compounds: Do They Help Prevent Cancer?"
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/members/2001/109p893-902bianchini/bianchini-full.html.  (6) "Garlic: Effects on
Cardiovascular Risks and Disease, Proliferative Effects Against Cancer, and Clinical Adverse Effects."
http://ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/garlicsum.htm.
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in response to allicin. Curr Biol. 2005 May 24;15(10)929-34. [1A] Food Chem Toxicol. 2005
Jan;43(1):57-63].[2A] J Nutr Biochem. 1999 Jun; 10 (6):372-6].[3A]Atherosclerosis. 2004
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Onion Health BENEFITS and side effects, Nutrition Values          
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Lalitha Thomas, the author of 10 essential herbs, considers onion as a superb antiseptic. She explains in her book that
onion contains a large amount of sulphur. Like garlic, herbalists also use onion to cleanse the blood and lower high blood
pressure. Thus, onion offers valuable health benefits to us.
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