Onions have been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in various dishes by many cultures around the world. This versatile vegetable can be consumed raw,cooked, fried, roasted or dried. Onions are commonly used as a flavouring and seasoning agent in many dishes.
Onions also possess many health benefits to its users. Dating back thousands of years, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and respiratory problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) also supports the
use of onions for the treatment of poor appetite and preventing atherosclerosis.
Health Benefits of Onions
Cancer – Onion extract is a rich source of sulfides, which helps to prevent the growth of tumors. Some studies have shown the regular consumption of onions helps to reduce the risk of several
cancers, to include colorectal laryngeal cancer (throat cancer), stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Cardiovascular Health – The regular consumption of onions has proven beneficial to the heart.
Onions help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This is thanks to the sulfur compounds, chromium, and vitamin B6 in onions, which helps prevent heart attacks and stroke.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Daily regular consumption of onions has been known to lower blood sugar levels.
Research indicates onions contain allyl propyl disulfide, which is known to reduce glucose levels by increasing the amount of insulin in the body.
Promotes Gastrointestinal Health – Onions are filled with flavonoids. These flavonoids help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Researchers are finding more and more evidence that overall
health stems from a healthy gut.
Healthy Skin – Consuming onions helps stimulate the circulation of blood in our mucous membranes. Onions can also be used for natural relief to acne and dry skin.
Onions provide a great source of:
● Vitamin C
● Vitamin B-6
Uses of Onions
Onions have been used as food for thousands of years. In fact, in ancient Egypt, onions were worshiped and used in burial rituals!
Healthy Cooking - Onions can be chopped, diced, and sliced. They can be grilled, sauteed,
fried or caramelized. Onions can be added to fresh salads, boiled in stews and soups, or
cooked in casseroles and any other dish you can think of.
Medicinal Uses – Onions can be applied as a poultice to treat boils, bruises, and other minor wounds. Onion juice can also be mixed with honey and applied as a natural remedy for acne.
Naturalike African Onions
At Naturalike, we source all of our onions directly from the finest farms in Nigeria. We form close relationships with local African farmers to ensure that we are providing you with the 100%
natural goodness and high quality produce that we have become known to deliver. Enjoy!