The health benefits of onion may surprise you. That smelly, flavorful vegetable that gets you teary-eyed whenever you chop it up may be healthier than you might assume. The benefits are both cosmetic and nutritional. It heals your skin, hair and not to mention that it can help reduce cancer. This is clearly a topic that should be further delved into, so without further ado, let’s explore the many layers of the onion’s benefits!
Fun fact: Less than a thousand onion farmers
produce enough to feed the whole country!
The onion has healing properties that help the skin heal, and can particularly prevent scar tissue from forming. In fact, people use it post-surgery to help prevent scars. Also, for those of you that may suffer from acne, I would strongly recommend that you use an onion-oatmeal mask to prevent any scars. If I could go back in time, I would have definitely used this acne mask to avoid the scars I have today. The recipe below is one that utilizes both the onion and oatmeal to heal skin and prevent scars. Keep in mind that oatmeal also has its benefits for acne!
The Onion Face Mask Recipe
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup plain oatmeal
- 1/2 a yellow or white onion
- Spoon of honey
1) Cook the oatmeal by boiling the water.
2) Using a Vitamix or any blender (I recommend the Vitamix because it is probably the strongest blender on the market and will mince up the onions quickly and easily)
3) Now take the oatmeal and onion mixture and place it in a bowl and mix in the honey. Give it a few stirs with a spoon and now this mixture is ready to go!
4) Because it is probably still very hot, you will want to wait a few minutes or so until it is at a low enough temperature to put onto your bare skin without burning it.
5) Spread the mixture on your face and keep it there for about 5-10 minutes. Close your eyes because the mixture may burn them. Listen to some music or a podcast or something while you wait. If you have any of the mixture left over, keep in the fridge- it should keep for about a week or so.
Hair (Benefits Cont.)
The onion also can get your hair to grow, believe it or not! The onion is an age-old solution for the men and women who are starting to lose their hair. If you hair is thinning out, the onion will help your hair grow. Scientifically the evidence shows that the onion is high in sulfur and this helps blood circulate back to your scalp. This extra blood circulation can stop hair loss in its tracks! The same recipe that above can also be used for your hair. The only downside to this fix is that it smells so make sure to wash your hair zealously with an aromatic smell. But- don’t rub your hair too hard, as it may bother your scalp.
Finally, the nutritional side of this layered vegetable. Because of its strong taste, the onions have a polarizing reputation. Out of the people that I’ve known, people have either a strong love or hatred of it. If you are one of the people that love it, great for you! It’s easy to include in recipes (though it may be a pain to cut up). I have found this Onion Chopper to be extremely useful because it is maddening to have to cry every time I cook. If not, a simple way to avoid this is just to chew some gum (or whatever works for you) while chopping it up. For those of you that do not like the taste, I would just recommend this onion extract for those that are seeking the health benefits of the vegetable. I am not sure whether the effects of this extract are complete and I will always recommend eating whole foods over a pill.
Anyways without further ado let’s take a look why you should eat it!
A flavonoid in onions known as quercetin is a great for reducing the risk of cancer and promoting health. Antioxidants reduce free radicals which are carcinogenic. Also, studies reveal that quercetin is great for reducing LDL (or bad cholesterol) which should reduce your risk for heart disease! The antioxidant content is magnified if you eat red onions, whose brilliant color is a sign of its high dose of antioxidants. In fact, the onion is even better at preventing heart disease than red wine, which you may know I touted for its health benefits. It also can reduce risk of diabetes and even obesity.
All in all, eat more onions, or try to!