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When our kids were young we had a little casette tape with old 50’s songs that we’d play on a little tape recorder. They would use this music for “shows” in the evening where they’d each do tricks and dance while the others watched. That song was their favorite and even now, singing or hearing it on the radio sends them into fits of laughter, crazy dance moves and happy memories.
Of course we all value onions as a food and flavo r booster, but their mighty powers go beyond that! We might have to “put up” with some watering eyes and strong smells, but I do believe it’s worth it!
Truthfully I don’t remember where I learned about onion juice for ear aches in the night for small children. But it was a life-saver for us many times as it was last week for little Peter.
Here are some other medicinal ways to use onions!
1. GOOD FOR DIGESTION
Onions can help improve our digestion because they are “rich in inulin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic,” says Health.com. The source goes on to explains that prebiotics are good because they serve as food for probiotics, “and help those beneficial microbes flourish.”
The inulin in onions also makes them good for relieving constipation, improving blood sugar regulation, nutrient absorption, and they improve bone density (which we’ll get to next). There is also some evidence that onions could help support weight loss, too.
2. IMPROVE BONE DENSITY
I’ve done so much reading on osteoporosis. One of the key elements to strengthening bones naturally is a WIDE variety of fruits and vegetables every day. One study in particular that examined perimenopausal and postmenopausal Caucasian women 50 and older. The research showed women who ate onions more frequently had better density. They were also able to decrease their chances of a hip fracture by more than 20-percent against the women who never ate any onions.
3. GOOD FOR THE HEART
We need to take good care of our heart and a great way to do this is by eating healthy. that onions have the ability to lower our risk of heart disease by fighting inflammation, decreasing triglycerides and reducing cholesterol levels. “Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots,” writes the source.
One of it’s best weapons is quercetin, ta flavonoid antioxidant that works as an anti-inflammatory to reduce high cholesterol levels and other heart disease risk factors. For example, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition looked at 70 overweight people with high blood pressure and found that consuming 162-mg of onion extract a day can reduce systolic blood pressure by 3 to 6-mmHg.
4. ONIONS FOR COLDS, FLU & CONGESTION
The quercetin in onions and other foods (especially apple skins) is even more powerful than vitamin E for boosting immunity. Be sure to get plenty of quercetin when you’ve been sick or during cold and flu season, when those viruses are everywhere. It can give your immune system a real boost!
When you’re congested, onions, garlic chile peppers and horseradish are natural decongestants! Eat as much as you can handle and your nose will often start running very quickly.
Other ways to get the power of onions? Just take some onion capsules that are available at your pharmacy or Amazon! You can also get Quercetin capsules the, powerful flavenoid that is so helpful from onions.
5. FIGHTS BACTERIA< /strong>
Bacteria can be quite nasty and in some cases even dangerous. Onions help fight against dangerous bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Bacillus cereus.
Also, quercetin which can be extracted from onions or taken as a capsule has also been shown to be quite powerful when fighting against bacteria. A test-tube study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that “quercetin extracted from yellow onion skin successfully inhibited the growth of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
We love onions in EVERYTHING — and we’re big on just chopping up onions and steaming them or roasting them! While most of us don’t usually think of eating onions like a regular vegetable, i.e., peas or green beans as a side dish, really, why not!?!?