The onion is native to Central Asia and is an ancestral food, cultivated for thousands of years and present in every kitchen in the world.
Onion is one of those foods that you hate as a child (unless you eat it fried) and when you grow up you cannot stop eating.
It is a very complete ingredient, with many ways to cook it and with very wide medicinal properties.
Although it is usually a food that is consumed cooked, stir fried or sauteed, it can be consumed raw. To do this you have to soak it at least half an hour before and if possible, in warm water to avoid its toxicity and certain unpleasant effects in most stomachs.
But there are people who eat it raw and do not suffer heartburn or stinging, nor feel that it repeats for hours. Other ways to eat it are fried, dried fried, boiled, baked, grilled and almost any way you can imagine.
But as today we are not going to talk about cooking or leave a recipe in this case, since they abound, we are going to talk about the medicinal properties of onion, which is what we are interested in touching in this article, as well as its benefits and contraindications
As we said, the onion is widely used in our kitchen and is also true in almost everyone. It is a food appreciated and cultivated in all continents, due to its nutritional properties, anticoagulant and healing.
In addition, it has phytochemicals and vitamin C that help improve immunity, taking part in the prevention of various diseases.
It contains considerable amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and to a lesser extent trace elements such as sulfur, cobalt, copper, magnesium, silicon and zinc.
Other prominent phytochemical components are glucokinin, anthocyanins and quercetin, naturally present in onions with healing, antiseptic and therapeutic properties.
All these properties make the onion a special food, but we must be attentive since its cultivation in an industrial way, such as those found in most supermarket shelves, are treated with agrochemicals, losing their beneficial properties and adding heavy minerals And toxic to our body.
If you want to know how to plant onion easily, and thus have control of the food and avoid dangerous toxins do not forget to consult our article.
Properties of purple onion
Purple onion keeps the same properties as white onion, with the difference that purple or red is richer in antioxidants.
The anthocyanins, the water-soluble pigments that are found in the bullous vacuoles and give this reddish color, help prevent diseases such as those of the heart, as well as keep the cells healthy. For this reason, anti-cancer and anti-aging properties are attributed.
Some of the benefits that we should know about onion are the following:
Blood sugar levels One of the main benefits of onion is that it acts as a regulator of blood sugar, as it helps generate pancreatic juice and discard the toxins from the sugars we eat.
This is due to glucokinin, considered a "plant insulin." At the same time, it is a good food for people with pancreas or insulin secretion problems, such as diabetes.
Anthocyanins and quercetin to counteract many diseases. Anthocyanins, the flavonoids present in purple onions, have known therapeutic effects to counteract ailments and pathologies, such as coronary heart disease. It is said that they also have anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects. Similar properties have quercetin, also present in white onion.
Antioxidant The onion, especially the lodging, is considered an antioxidant food.
Reduce the Colesterol levels in the blood. Another benefit of onion is that it decreases the production of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, keeping our blood system and especially our heart healthier. This, according to recent research, is due to quercetin.
Onion for cough. Onion can be used for cough and sore throat. Both consumed directly, and to set the room where we sleep and breathe its properties during the night. You can make a honey syrup and homemade onion, very effective.
Many times the readers of Ecocoses They ask us if it is true that the onion is good for the hair or if it is a myth. Well no, it's not a myth, and it's real that onion juice or broth can be used to strengthen hair.
This is due to the amounts of sulfur it contains, which contributes to the production of collagen and keratin, important for health, strengthening and maintenance of hair.
For the skin
Among the benefits of onion for the skin are its antiseptic properties. These contribute to the health of the skin, for example in case of acne, pimples, sticks or boils.
In addition, the combination of sulfur and vitamin C are very good for the cells that make up the skin.
Cooked or raw?
According to research, some of the most important elements that make up the onion, such as its minerals or quercetin, are not altered by cooking. Therefore, it is good to consume it in both ways, as long as it is not bad for our stomach to eat it raw.
Contraindications and toxicity of onion
After talking about the properties and benefits of the onion, the contraindications or side effects of this is as follows.
One of the most common effects of consuming raw onion is heartburn. Another is heartburn. This is why pregnant women, a period in which heartburn is very common, should avoid consuming it raw or in excess.
Although not as serious, the breath after eating onion, especially raw, or eating onion-based foods, can cause an unwanted effect. Especially for our interlocutors.