- They have antibacterial antiviral properties.
- They are great for helping reduce cholesterol in the body.
- They contain, quercetin, biotin, chromium, folic acid, vitamin C, B1, B6 and K, sulphur magnesium phosphorus selenium potassium and bioflavonoids.
- They also help to remove heavy metal toxicity in the body.
- And for diabetics, it’s the chromium in onions that helps to regulate blood sugars.
Onions were used in hospitals in the 1920’s to reduce infections and flu. There were cut in half and put at the side of the beds – the onion then absorbs all the virus’s etc. (it is said if they took the onion and put it under a microscope they could find the flu virus in the onion!) Because onions absorb bacteria, you should never leave chopped onions sitting out in the open for long as it will start to absorb the baddies and you may end up with a grumbly tummy. So never be tempted to keep half an onion for the next day, it is actually safer to cook it and store it or just throw it away. It is said that when there is an outbreak of food poisoning, the authorities don’t worry about things like mayonnaise – they look at onion first.
A great recipe for a homemade cough syrup – cut an onion into fine slices, put in a pan and warm gently, cover with honey and water, you can add a clove of garlic if you want, continue to warm slowly till the onion is soft. Then strain the liquid with a sieve to remove the onions and put the liquid into a jar in the fridge – use a teaspoon at a time when you need it.