Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An Onion A Day . . .

The perfect activity while the baby sleeps, the onions are cleaned (stalks and roots removed) and ready for the fry pan. Last season I posted on the health benefits of onions, re-posted below.

~Onions, (Allium cepa) are widely recognized as medicinal. Chemical compounds such as quercetin, provide anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and cholesterol lowering benefits. Across the globe, onions are used topically to relieve stings, blisters, and sea urchin wounds. Onions break down osteoclasts, helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Pielomeric chemicals in onions reduce symptoms of sore throat. Onions have also been widely used to treat asthma, bronchial infections, lower blood pressure, and provide a balance of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Not to mention how onions pick up a wide array of minerals from the soil and provide high amounts of vitamin C. They contain antimicrobial traits, reduce infection and blood clots, and embody a very high concentration of beneficial phytochemicals. The endless varieties add tremendous flavor to any dish.~

Looks like apples may have a bit of competition when it comes to keeping the doctor away. Another potent example on the healing potential of real food.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Rach! Great to see your tidy work and that the beautiful fruits of your labors are nicely co-habitating at Brownlee Acres! I can't wait to check the little lady again, perhaps tomorrow.
    Jenna's caregivers used to put raw onion slices on the bottoms of her feet, holding them in place with socks, when she used to get a lot of fevers. Supposedly it helped draw the fever down and out of the body. Yet another friendly attribute of the onion...