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Beneath the layers

health and fitness Updated: Jan 22, 2010 20:57 IST
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Onion is a great garnishing ingredient to spice up dishes. But did you know that it also has many health benefits? One raw onion a day can protect you from many lifestyle diseases. Here’s a lowdown:

The most pungent onions has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and hence is used to treat blisters and boils since ancient times.

One cup of raw onion juice daily can help lower high cholesterol levels.

Regular intake of onion reduces various forms of cancer such as — breast cancer (25 per cent), ovarian cancer (73 per cent) and bowl cancer (56 per cent).

It helps in cutting down congestion in the respiratory tube that happens due to excessive cold.

Onion helps in boosting the bone health of women suffering from osteoporosis when they are going through menopause.

One raw red onion a day can help heal gastrointestinal disorder.

Daily consumption of onion in a salad helps people suffering from high blood pressure

It is also advised by the dieticians to patients suffering from asthma.

Raw onion juice on an empty stomach also works as a natural laxative for those suffering from constipation.