You can eat raw or cooked onions to help reduce
congestion. You need to be careful with pickled onions they can have
the opposite effect. Onions can reduce the inflammation in the airway
from asthma attacks. If your doctor has told you that you are
sensitive to sulfites then you need to make sure the onion is from the
ground. Make sure your onions are not made with sulfites. Onions and
other members such as leeks, shallots, and scallions contain many
compounds that help reduce blood pressure, high cholesterol, and
asthma. There are studies that show men who ate a quarter cup of
onions a day showed a reduced risk to heart attacks.
Onions contain compounds that research has show to reduce cholesterol,
thin the blood and help prevent hardening of the arteries which will
help prevent heart disease. They contain flavonoids which have high
antioxidants. They help remove the free radicals that are bad for you
by removing them from the body. They also contain the sulfur
compounds. These compounds help keep plaque from sticking to the
artery walls. This is what make you have blood clots. Onions also help
reduce triglycerides a blood fat which lowers blood pressure. If you
can add a onion to your healthy diet you will feel better from all the
good compounds they contain.
More research has to be done to determine
how they help with asthma attacks. They do have anti inflammatory
effects. You can also rub them on an insect bite or minor inflammation
just cut the
onion and use a slice which according to doctors will help. Whether
you are eating for taste or good health you can add Scallions,
shallots, and other vegetables. They contain the same sulfur compounds
and flavonoids as the onion. They also have nutrients that help fight
disease and boost your immune system.
Scallions are high in nutrients
such as folate and vitamin C. Shallots have the same benefits plus
vitamin A which is good for your vision especially as you age.
To get the most from your healthy diet try to eat red and yellow
onions and shallots they have the highest amount of flavonoids. You
know that onions can give you bad breath or halitosis you can eat a
bit of parsley which will help neutralize the sulfur compounds.
You can also use a breath freshener
made with parsley seed oil. Scientists are working on a strain of
onions that are not hard on your breath but contain all the great
compounds for your health. To help reduce the tears you can chill them
for thirty minutes and don't slice through the root end. Make sure you
use a sharp knife this will help reduce the time in cutting. Make sure
to run the knife under cold water as you are cutting the onions.