They are great with salad and I couldn’t stomach a hot dog without them…but consuming onion juice has never really been at the top of my health ‘to do’ list!
I first came across the subject of health benefits of red onion juice about three months ago when a regular visitor to this site brought it up in response to a comment (cheers Sally!).
Okay, my first response was to cringe a bit…and then wonder what poor Sally was doing to herself?
But being skeptical with new health ideas is really not ‘on the cards’ for me – this site would become one boring (and lonely) place to be.
I came to find that red onion juice is actually nothing to cringe about – it has a ton of benefits for those who are brave enough to stomach it…
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Good Old Onions!!!
Historical research shows us that onions have been circling around human cultivation for well over 7000 years now.
Some archaeological projects have uncovered proof that onions date back to the Bronze Age…but it’s unclear whether or not these onions were wild or cultivated.
Archaeological and literary evidence such as the Book of Numbers 11:5 points to suggestions that onions were probably being cultivated around 2000 years later in ancient Egypt.
Apparently onions were held in high regard by Egyptian authorities due to their spherical shape and concentric rings, which were known for symbolizing eternal life.
Moving onto the Middle Ages, onions were often handed over as rather exotic (and expensive) gifts. At the time they were thought to be extremely powerful and used to treat a host of ailments/conditions.
Onion Juice Health Benefits
1) Onion Juice Benefits For Hair
Onion juice manages to boost blood circulation which leads to hair follicles being provided with sufficient nourishment.
The vegetable also contains certain anti-bacterial properties that combat various scalp infections that can be attributed to hair loss.
Onions are also thought to be loaded with the enzyme catalase, which is an anti-oxidant that can prevent premature graying of hair.
2) The Cardiovascular Advantages of Onions
Regularly including onions in your diet can lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. This is all down to the sulfur compounds, chromium, and vitamin B complex they contain.
These three important ingredients actually lower the risk of cardiac arrest by regulating homocysteine levels.
3) Onion Juice Benefits For Skin
Onions contain high levels of flavonoids and vitamins C, A and E. These help in protecting our skin cells from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.
The antibacterial properties of onions lead them to being antiseptic and anti-inflammatory by nature. This means they are an excellent natural remedy for acne and other skin bacteria.
Onions are also known to contain large amounts of sulphur-rich phytochemicals which are very effective in taking on free radicals. This means they can be used to combat the untimely aging appearance of skin.
4) Onion Juice Fights The Cold Virus
My granny used to swear by onions whenever she had a cold – at the time we pretty much all thought she was crazy but she really didn’t get ill that often…
This cold-fighting process is apparently down to the smelly sulfur compounds found in onions – they have mucolytic properties that are excellent at stopping the excessive formation of mucus.
If this mucus manages to build up in our body it can frequently trigger the common cold virus.
5) Protection Against Allergens
Onions contain high levels of the antioxidant known as quercetin – a powerful aid in the fight against a large number of allergic reactions.
The quercetin property is absorbed into the body through the intestines and stays in circulation for a very long time. This gives the body lasting protection from allergic reactions as well as chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma.
6) Onions Aid Digestion
Proper digestion plays a big part in how the general health of our body pans out. If we have problems digesting the food we put in ourselves we will end up with more diseases effecting us.
These digestive diseases can include gallstones, cholangitis, GERD, and hiatal hernia.
Onions contain high levels of a soluble dietary fiber called inulin which functions as a natural regulator. It ‘regulates’ by keeping the body’s good bacteria at the level needed to maintain a healthy digestive system.