The onion, a vegetable with precious nutritional and nutritional contents, is rich in therapeutic properties .
Red onion is an anti-cancer food
In particular, compared to the other types of onions, they are the most effective in killing cancer cancer cells in the colon as well as in the breast. According to a study by the University of Guelph, Canada, which published it in the journal Food Research International.
They tested five different types of onions that grew in Ontario, a region of Canada, discovering that the variety called Ruby Ring Onion which is the red onion, proved to be the most effective against cancer, due to its high quercetin content, which is a flavonoid with an antioxidant power, anthocyanins that give the red color and enhance the antitumor activity of quercina itself.
One of the researchers explains that onions are exceptional in killing cancer cells, and they activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death, counteract their growth.
This study was carried out by contacting colon cancer cancer cells with the quercetin extract of five different types of onions. Recently, scholars have also found that onions are very effective even in breast cancer.
All onions would have anticancer properties but, according to Canadian scholars, the red ones would be more effective in the fight against cancer cells of those two types of cancer.
The properties of Onions
All onions are rich in potassium , iron, calcium, phosphorus , are the vitamins B1, B2, PP, VIT A , VIT C .
The red onion and its many are properties
- Rich in mineral salts and trace elements
- It has an expectorant activity, useful in case of bronchitis
- Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and digestive
- Counteracts the rise in blood sugar
- Liquify the blood by counteracting the formation of clots
- Stimulates diuresis
- Remedy for cystitis
- Promotes the reduction of blood triglycerides and cholesterol.
Onions can be eaten both raw and cooked and do not lose their nutritional properties.
Grandmother’s remedies for colds
Prepare an onion or two in small pieces with the same weight of sugar (honey), let macerate in a jar for 24 hours, strain with a strainer, use 2 to 5 tablespoons a day of the obtained syrup.
The external uses of the onion
Moreover Valnet recommends them for external use
As an analgesic, antiseptic, and also as a skin softener, and to ward off mosquitoes.
So in the case of furunculosis; it seems to help even in chilblains and skin cracks.
For insect bites
The onion gives relief and removes the itch, if it is applied in slices on insect bites.