Onion (Allium cepa) is a part of traditional folk medicine, although none of the remedies have proven to be effective. Onion was traditionally recommended for whooping cough, broncitis, chest pain, gallbladder complaints, dehydration, and menstrual problems. Central Asia is considered the point of origin for onions. They were then introduced to the Mediterranean region and are now cultivated throughout the world.
Onions do actually have the ability to help the body. The same ingredient that brings tears to your eyes that lends onions their ability to fight disease. This sulfur compound thins the blood and helps prevent dangerous clots while lowering blood pressure and possibly reducing cholesterol levels. Onions also possess the ability to kill a wide variety of germs. And, for asthma victims, Onion extract may even relieve allergy-induced bronchial constriction. Onions display duiretic effects although teh mechanism of this action is now known.
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Cautions The consumption of large quantities of onions can cause stomach distress. Diabetics should consume onions with caution as onions can interfere with blood sugar control.