Onions in general, are very healthy. We just eat four types of onions, white onions, yellow onions, shallots and red onions. But there are over 600 types of onions. 20 % of all phytonutrients in onions are preserved for the outer layer. Don´t throw this one away! Take your time, peel it off carefully. It will provide you with many more phytonutrients. Raw onions have a medicinal effect. Stir fried onions taste really nice but lost many of their medicinal properties.
Another good advice is: eat red onions fresh. Research show that when you store red onions for six weeks, they have lost about 30% of their nutritional value and antioxidant value.
Why do you cry?
People cry from cutting raw onions. Some onions make you cry harder than other onions. The component that makes you cry is called allyl propyl disulfide. This component jumps out of the onion as soon as you open it. This is also the substance that is responsible for the sharp taste. When you fry onions, the medicinal properties and the sharpness fade away. When you cut a raw onion in two halves and put them on a nightstand, the molecules of allyl propyl disulfide will find the way to your nose and keep your airways open.
We can add to this knowledge the fact that when you cut onions with some brands of a high-quality kitchen chef knife, there will be no allyl propyl disulfide components jumping in the air. The components are cut through too thoroughly to stay active.
Blood sugar level and DNA
Red onions contain chrome. This mineral improves the Glucose Tolerance Factor of GTF. GTF is responsible for improving the production of insulin. In this way, eating raw onions is helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Eating onions is a good way to help to treat diabetes type 2 or metabolic syndrome. A study from Sudan states that red onion ´…clearly shows clinical Hypoglycemic Effects..thus it could be used as a dietary supplement in management of type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus.´
Raw onion builds our DNA
Chrome cooperates with vitamin B3 and the amino acids cysteine and glycine. All these components are available in red onion and in this way chrome is involved in the production of nucleic acids. These are the building blocks of deoxyribonucleic acid, more well known under the name DNA. Onion is helping to build DNA.
Other medicinal possibilities
- Red onion contains a fair amount of quercetin. That is a very healthy flavonoid. It supports the formation of bones, cartilage, blood vessels and the heart.
- Furthermore, red onion contains anti-inflammation components which prove to fight cancer.
- Research shows that red onions seem to be an effective agent to lower high cholesterol
Medicinal kitchen uses red onions
Now you know that red onions fight more than the common cold alone. An onion you can use every day and add to almost every recipe of a warm meal. But for medicinal uses, it is better to eat them raw. It is not forbidden to eat warm food. Warming up food means that some components are more easily available for the body. Onions make stir-fried vegetable mixes taste better. It is a good idea to combine them with garlic.
Red onions are the most beautiful of all onions. Red onions are preferably used in a salad together with other vegetables. You can vary onions with red onions, white onions and shallots. Cut them thinly and add them to a salad with tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, and Romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce and enjoy your meal!
- Lowers cholesterol: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24612081
- Flavonoids: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17997520
- Storage 6 weeks: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11902931
- Anti-inflammation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24829522
- Clinical Hypoglycemic Effects http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978938/
- General info: http://www.geneeskrachtigegroenten.nl/Groenten-en-hun-medicinale-werking/Rode-uien/