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The Benefits of Eating Raw Onions Everyday

Updated on September 09, 2016
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Rajan is a major in Botany and Chemistry. Has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years of his career, breeding layer and broiler parents.

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Origin and General Information

  • Latin Name : Allium cepa
  • Onions are native to Asia and The Middle East. Onion is the most cultivated species of the genus Allium and the cultivation goes back to over 5000 years.
  • Ancient Egyptians not only used them as currency but worshiped them as they believed that onions gave eternal life. They placed onions in the tombs of Kings who died believing the dead would take them along to their afterlife.
  • There is a lot of folklore with respect to the placing of onions with the dead right from believing that the dead could come back to life to the onion being handy in the afterlife due to its many antiseptic qualities.
  • Onions find mention in ancient texts of the Romans, Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, Sumerians and even is mentioned in The Bible (Numbers 11:5).

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Uses of Onions

  • Onions are primarily used as a food source, in cooking as the start off ingredient in Indian and other Asian cooking, in making onion soups and chutneys, raw in salads and as pickles in vinegar.
  • They are used in microscopic demonstrations in the laboratory in colleges as the onion cells are quite large even under low magnification and hence easier for the study of the cell.
  • Onion skins have been used in dyeing.
  • Onions are used as odour remover, insect repeller, metal polisher to remove rust from metals, eliminator of new paint smell, as a smelling salt, for training one's pets etc.
  • In Ayurveda and herbal therapy, onions are being used for the treatment of many ailments.

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Varieties of Onions

Onions are commonly available in the following varieties:

Yellow Onions

  • These are the sweetest in taste with golden coloured outer skins and pale yellow coloured inner flesh. They are the best for cooking. They are used in onion soups.

Red Onions

  • They are the most pungent of all the varieties having a red outer skin and red white inner flesh. They cannot be stored for a long time. They are used in salads and sandwiches in traditional cooking.

White Onions

  • They have white outer skins with the inner flesh too, being white. They are the mildest in flavour. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They are more used in Mexican cooking.

Green Onions/ Spring Onions

  • The green onions normally available are basically immature onions. They are also eaten raw.

Nutritional Components of Onions

Onions are rich in the strong sulphur containing compounds which are the primary cause of their strong smell and healing properties. They contain high levels of flavonoids particularly Quercetin which is also an anti oxidant. Onions are a good source of vitamins B6, C, biotin, K, folic acid, chromium, calcium, and fiber.

Raw Onion (Allium cepa) — Nutrition Value Per 100 g

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Vitamin Content in Onions

Vitamins
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Folates
19 mcg
5%
Niacin
0.116 mg
1%
Pantothenic Acid
0.123 mg
2.50%
Pyridoxine
0.120 mg
9%
Riboflavin
0.027 mg
2%
Thiamin
0.046 mg
4%
Vitamin A
2 IU
0%
Vitamin C
7.4 mg
12%
Vitamin E
0.02 mg
0%

Mineral Content in Onions

Minerals
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Calcium
23 mg
2%
Copper
0.039 mg
4%
Iron
0.21 mg
3%
Magnesium
10 mg
2.50%
Manganese
0.129 mg
5.50%
Phosphorus
29 mg
4%
Zinc
0.17 mg
1.50%
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Macro Nutrients

Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
40 Kcal
2%
Carbohydrates
9.34 g
7%
Protein
1.10 g
2%
Total Fat
0.10 g
0.50%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
1.7 g
4.50%

Electrolytes

Electrolytes
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Sodium
4 mg
0%
Potassium
146 mg
3%

Phyto-nutrients

Phyto-nutrients
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Carotene-beta
1 mcg
--
Cryptoxanthin-beta
0 mcg
--
Lutein-zeaxanthin
4 mcg
--

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are more beneficial when eaten raw. Also when not cut nor dipped in water they maintain higher nutrient levels. However, cooked onions still retain sufficient nutrients to be beneficial to health.

Some of the many benefits of onions are listed below:

  • Remove worms, act as an antibiotic and have antiseptic properties.
  • Alleviate pains, inflammations and spasms.
  • Are diuretic, digestive, fungicidal, a tonic and a stimulant.
  • Lower cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease & stroke.
  • Protect against tumour growths and a wide range of cancers.
  • Prevents gastric ulcers, stimulates the peristaltic movement of the intestines, removes flatulence & indigestion.
  • Relieves respiratory problems like cough, cold, flu, bronchitis and remove phlegm.
  • Are antiallergenic, lower blood sugar levels, maintain strong bones,prevent anaemia and tooth decay and oral infections.
  • Make the blood thin and retard blood clotting.

Using Onions for Specific Health Conditions

Insomnia

  • Drink juice of red onions whether they are raw, boiled or steamed. Take 4 tsp at night.

Eyes

  • Regular use improves vision.

Dog Bites

  • Crush onions finely. Add honey & apply on the bite. It prevents and checks bacterial infection.
  • Also, drink onion juice.

Warts

  • Applying onion juice on warts destroys them.

Increasing Mother's Milk

  • Eat raw onion with meals.

Fits or Seizures

  • 3 ounces of onion juice mixed with a little water taken eal\rly morning regularly relieves fits. Take this for at least 40 days.
  • Making a person who is in a fit smell onion juice brings him back to consciousness.

Heat Stroke/Sunstroke

  • Apply onion juice to temples and chest and massage. Also, drink onion juice. Eat raw onions daily with meals and keeping one in the pocket prevents sunstroke.

In-Ear Problems

  • Putting 5-6 drops of warm onion juice in the ear gives relief from pain, pus, and whistling sounds.

Baldness

  • Apply onion juice and massage on the bald areas regularly. It is reported to grow new hair and stop hair loss.

Digestion Problems

  • Onion consumption increases appetite and helps in digesting food. It also improves the functioning of liver and spleen, removes accumulated wind and relieves pain and bloating of the stomach.
  • Heat an onion bulb in fire and take out its juice. Add some salt and drink for relief.

Hiccups

  • Cut raw onion. Wash it with water. Add salt and eat. It relieves hiccups. Continue for few days.

Constipation

  • Eat one raw onion every day with food.

Worms

  • One tsp onion juice taken every two hours kills worms and relieves indigestion.

Acidity

  • Mix 60 gms white onion cut in small pieces in 30 gms curd. Eat this 3 times daily for a week for relief.

Dyspepsia

  • Cut red onion. Squeeze some lime juice on this and eat with meals for relief.
  • In children give 5 drops of onion juice to drink.

Dysentery

  • In mucus & bloody stools, add one onion cut finely cut, to fresh curd made of cow's milk. Wash onion pieces in water before adding to curd.

Diarrhoea

  • Grind onion and apply on the navel for control of loose motions.

Nausea

  • Eat onion with a little salt.

Jaundice

  • A. Cut onions in half and put in vinegar or lemon juice in a jar. Add some salt & black pepper to this. Eat 1 onion daily in morning & evening to get relief.
  • B. Take 1/2 cup juice of white onion. Add little jaggery & ground turmeric. Mix and drink in morning and evening.

Bloody Piles

  • Add 50 gms sugar in 100 gms onion juice and drink.

Urinary Problems

  • Put 50 gms onion pieces in one litre of water. Boil and strain this water. Add honey. Drink 3 times daily. it brings on urine without pain. It also relieves the problem of frequent urination and helps in bringing on urine in cases of retention of urine.
  • In cases of burning sensation during urination make the following:
  • Add 50 gms of finely cut onion to 1/2 litre water and boil till half the water remains. Drink this for relief.

Black hair

  • Grind onions and apply in hair. It turns hair black.

Renal Stones

  • A. Add sugar to onion juice and make a syrup.drinking this breaks the stones and removes them.
  • B. Take 50 gms onion juice in the morning on an empty stomach daily.It breaks the stones and removes them.

Asthma

  • Crush onions and inhale the vapours for relief in cough, throat and respiratory diseases and lung affections.
  • Add honey to onion juice and lick this for relief in asthmatic cough.

Gout

  • Massage a mixture of onion juice & mustard oil for relief.

Abscess

In boils which are ripe and painful do the following:

  • Grind onions. Add turmeric, wheat flour, water, pure ghee and cook on fire for some time. Make a poultice and tie it when warm on the boils. It opens up the boil and relieves.

Headaches and Headaches Due To Sunstroke

  • Grind onions and apply on the soles of the feet.

Cholera

  • A. Add mint juice to onion juice and take 1 tsp every 10 minutes.
  • B. A mixture of 1 part lemon juice, 1/2 part mint juice and 1/2 part onion juice, when taken relieves.
  • C. Taking warm onion juice also helps.

Protection From Cholera

  • Take 25 ml onion juice, 1 cup water, juice of 1 lemon, little salt and black pepper powder and little ginger juice. Drink this 4 times a day.

Protecting Teeth

  • Eat raw onions. It kills harmful bacteria and stops bad breath.

Protecting Against Heart Failure

  • Researchers at The Royal Victoria Infirmary Institute, UK, have found that if one consumes a plateful of boiled or fried onion pieces in breakfast every day, it helps in preventing heart attacks. The onions prevent the formation of blood clots in the coronary arteries.

Increasing Heartbeat & Heart Diseases

  • Eat one raw onion daily with food. Onion helps in regulating blood circulation.

Intoxication

  • Onion juice consumption helps in reducing the effects of intoxicating drinks.

Corns

  • Apply onion juice 3 times daily to soften corns. Cut corns when soft.

Increasing Strength

  • Take one tsp onion juice mixed with 2 tsp honey daily.

Snake Bite

  • Mix onion juice 15 ml with 15 ml mustard oil. make the person who is bitten drink this. This is one dose. Take two more doses like this, each after a gap of thirty minutes from the earlier dose. This removes the poison.

Dropsy

  • Eating raw onion frequently during the day increases urine output and benefits.

Cold and Cough

  • Eating raw onion relieves sneezing & running nose.
  • Three to four tsp of onion juice taken with honey in equal measure controls cold, cough & flu symptoms.
  • Also, Homeopathic medicine Allium cepa 30, eight pills taken every three hours, five times a day, for about two days relieves frequent sneezing, watery running nose and shoe bite too.

Skin Diseases

  • Eating raw or cooked onions is beneficial in sick looking & pale skin. It improves the colour of the skin.
  • Tying a poultice made of warm roasted and crushed to pulp onions on boils which though ripe do not break open, will break open the boils and remove the pus. this will give relief and heal the skin and protect the wound against infections.
  • Washing of pus infected wounds with a solution made up of 1 part of onion juice & 4 parts of water and tying a bandage dipped in this solution on the wound, heals it.

Nosebleed

  • Put onion juice in the affected nostril. It also prevents and relieves nose & throat infection.

Tuberculosis

  • Onion juice inactivates the TB bacteria in the body. Eating raw onions has the same effect. Eating onions with salt is more beneficial.

Anaemia

  • Onion juice or raw onions increases hemoglobin due to the high content of Iron in it. Eating onions improves strength.

Bites by Poisonous Insects

  • Tying a poultice made of ground onions and eating raw onions with salt helps in cases of bites due to honey bees, poisonous insects, scorpions etc.

Vomiting

  • Mix equal parts of onion juice and ginger juice. Take 2 tsp of this to stop vomiting.

Toothaches and Gum Aches

  • Keep a piece of onion at the affected tooth for relief.

Blood Disorders

  • Add 10 gms of candy sugar & 1 gm roasted white cumin seeds in 50 gms onion juice and drink.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

How to Cut an Onion Like a Pro

How to Make Onion Marmalade

Green Onion and Cheddar Biscuits

This recipe makes savory, buttery, and flaky biscuits, perfect for any meal.

  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine biscuit baking mix, Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and green onions. Slowly stir in milk until all ingredients are just moist.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush biscuits with melted butter. Spinkle parsley on top of each biscuit. Return biscuits to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Onion Chutney Recipe

Warm Cheesy Sweet Onion Dip

This recipe makes a dip that's perfect for cocktail parties or tailgating.

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups thinly sliced sweet yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Crackers or chips for dipping

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour onion mixture into a baking dish. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese, Parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Toss to combine.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake about 30 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

How to Prevent Onions From Making One Cry

  • The best way is to wet the hands, the onions, and the knife with water first before you start chopping them. This way the sulphide gas that is released on cutting onions reacts with the water to form a very weak sulphuric acid and will not reach the eyes.
  • However making the hands, knife and onion wet might cause the grip to slip so be careful while you chop.
  • Another very effective way is to chew gum while cutting onions. It prevents burning and watering of eyes.


How to Mask Onion Smell

Onion Breath

  • Mouth odour of onions can be masked by chewing some coriander, cardamon or parsley. You can also suck on some mint candy — the stronger, the better.

Smell on Your Hands

  • A very time-tested way is to rub your hands on the edges of the kitchen sink. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water first. The science behind it is that the sulphides released while chopping onions react with the iron and other compounds in the stainless steel and remove these odour causing compounds from the hands.

In the Fridge

  • To prevent leftover onion slices from making their presence felt all over in the fridge, it is always better to keep them in a plastic container or better still to wrap them in an aluminium foil or a cling wrap.

In Cooked Vegetables

  • To remove onion smell from cooked vegetables add a little sugar dissolves in water, in the cooked vegetables.

From Utensils

  • To remove onion smell from utensils, wash them with warm water to which salt has been added.

Caution

Eating onions can lead to bloating, headaches, gas, etc., in some people.

Washing onions in salty water before they are used, will remove a lot of their harmful effects.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thanks for publishing this Hub. I never knew there were so many health-related uses for onions.

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      Apple Guy 5 years ago

      Very interesting thanks, I've heard that onions are good as a blood thinner.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Very informative hub! Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy New Year 2012!!!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Onions turn hair black?

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Magnificently done Rajan!

      We are glad to corroborate what our beloved mom knew about its properties! Will bookmark this hub my friend!

      Voted up!

      LORD

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ daisy. Thanks for visiting and appreciating the write up. I'm glad you found the hub useful.

      @ Apple Guy. Yes onions keep the blood thin so that clotting does not take place easily. helps in preventing heart problems. Thanks for being here and finding the hub informative.

      @ Thelma Alberts. Thanks for the appreciation and good wishes. Best wishes to you too for the new year.

      @ rebeccamealey. Yes it does give it a try. Thanks for the visit.

      @ lord de cross. Thanks for all the accolade and bookmarking it and for the vote up my friend. Our parents sure knew what was good and healthy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Never realized the many uses of the onions. Grows hair? That's a revelation. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MsDora, thanks for stopping by.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Useful. Thanks for reminding about health benefits of onion. I stopped eating onions about a year ago as I came to know that it is not good for mind and soul. These benefits remind me to eat it once in a while.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for stopping by, Ruchi. Why do you think it's not good for the mind and soul? In moderation all natural foods are good.

      Thanks for being here.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Rajan!

      I love cooking with onions - freshly sliced onions sautéed is one of my favorite aromas when cooking.

      This is another outstanding and informative hub. I can always count on you for giving me information beyond the basics - thank you!

      Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Marisa!

      Onions are available round the year and are a cheap way to keep at bay a host of health issues.

      I hope this hub offered you some extra information. Thanks as always. Your comments are always awaited and appreciated.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I love eating onions. I am also aware that they possess health and nutritional benefits. However, this hub made me discover more! Thank you for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      the singernurse,I'm glad this hub offered you some extra information.I like onions both raw and cooked.

      Thanks for being here and showing appreciation. I appreciate it very much.

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      pavan 4 years ago

      so why the jains in india doesn't eat onions it is helpful or not

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      pavan, the jains think that when root vegetables are pulled out of the ground many organisms that are around the root die. Therefore they do not eat onions and other root vegetables. Also onions are said to be tamasic in nature. This is one more reason.

      Thanks for reading.

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      gill 4 years ago

      i believe every thing around are God's creations for the benefits of human being...

      Thanks

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your view, Gill. All natural things are for our benefit.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I once used onion peels when I was suffering from scabies the past summer. I was amazed how it healed my skin disease! I love onions as food and now as medicine as well. Great hub! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      FullOfLoveSites, this is great input. Thanks for sharing your experience with onions and also for reading and commenting on this hub.

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      Forex 4 years ago

      I am 27 Years old boy having issue with the pin worms or tape worms.

      Its white in colour and it itches very badly in my anus during night

      time. I have tried lot of medicine but all in vain. I am drinking

      carrot juice daily however the worms are not reducing. Will Onion Juice will kill the worms and the eggs which they lay. How do I make Onion Juice and how many days I should consume so that I will get to know my problem has been solved. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Forex, take onion juice as explained here. Also you can cut 2 medium onions in small pieces and add 500 ml water to this. Cover and keep for 12 hours. Then strain and drink a cup 3 times a day. Within a couple of days the worms will be gone.

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      Forex 4 years ago

      Thank you for your response. Can you please tell me how many days I need to perform this activity. Shall I continue for One Week or in between i should drink.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Forex you might need to do it for 2-3 days till the itching stops.. Thanks.

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      bhargvi sharma 4 years ago from jammu ( India)

      Informative Hub... Voted up... :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you bhargvi. Glad you liked it.

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      iefox5 4 years ago

      It is a pity that I don't like eating onion.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It is, iefox. With the amount of benefits onion has you should give it a try again now.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      WOOOWWWW!!! I think this is the most amazing hub I've seem to date. It has everything. 1) Information that people look for, 2) Useful nutritional/medicinal info, 3) Interesting content w/anecdotes, 4) Organized presentation, 5) Specifics on the subject matter, 6) Visual appeal, 7) Thoroughly researched, 8) How Tos, and 9) Lots of text.

      I am impressed. I learned a lot more about onions and now have a greater appreciation for them, AND a new appreciation for what makes an excellent hub. Thanks, Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the compliments Janis. I'm glad you liked the way the info is presented. Appreciate your sparing time to read and comment.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Janis.

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      Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

      A very informative hub - who would have thought the humble onion had such properties. Although fresh is obviously best, I am wondering if there is a good alternative supplement form to use, for example for medicinal purposes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm happy to note you like the info. As far as I know, fresh is the best so I'd rather use it this way. Supplements only when fresh is not available.

      Thanks for visiting, Ebonny.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      love to eat raw spring onions and yellow onions on salads..and especially on beef recipes. they totally great plus the benefits we can get from them. shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Mycee,

      Many thanks for reading and passing it on.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is such a wonderfully informative hub. All the information provided is awesome. Thanks for the great coverage of this bulb. I just made a recipe for homemade cough syrup using onion. It went over well in the household.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      rajan....I knew onions were good for us, but had NO idea...how good!! The long list is amazing. I have always eaten onions and cook with them in most every recipe. My husband and I eat a lot of raw veggie salads and onions are one of the many veggies I include with our lettuce, etc.

      Thank for this useful and interesting hub......UP & shared!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Love onions and we always put it in our dishes. I did not know some of the benefits listed and I am glad I am eating it almost everyday.

      Thanks rajan for sharing. :-)

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I am so glad I happened upon this hub. I love to caramelize onions and sometimes even crave them, and not during pregnancy. I thought it was odd but not something to worry about, I suspected that there was something in the onions that my body would benefit from. It is great to read about the many benefits of onions! Thanks for all the info.

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Amazing Hub! I had no idea onions had so many health benefits! Thank you for your research and sharing this awesome hub!

      Voted up useful and awesome

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Stephanie - Thanks for your input. I hope the cough syrup is effective. Thanks for reading.

      @ fpherj - Glad you use this fine vegetable regularly. Many thanks for your visit.

      @ ignugent - really nice to know you like the info. Thanks for your comments and visit.

      @ Tracy - Thanks for your visit and comments.

      @ Sam - appreciate your comments and visit. Thanks.

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      Lady Jen Palven 4 years ago from Philippines

      Great Hub! Very useful.I love onions..i love eating them and using it as an ingredient especially when i'm making a salad..Which one is expensive the red one or the white one?

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love onions! And I've been aware of the health benefits which is an added bonus considering how much I eat them. But I had no idea onions were used for so many other things - really interesting! Great job on the Hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ allelsematters - the white onion is more expensive here in India. We also use a lot of onion in daily cooking as well as in salads. Nice to know you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ Better Yourself - Thanks, I appreciate the comments and visit.

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      Trudy 4 years ago

      hi Rajan,

      I have got whooping cough and a friend told me to find out about steaming onions and drinking the juice. Would I literally cut up a raw onion, put it in hot water and inhale it? Then, should I drink that water?

      Thank you for your help, and your very informative page!

      Trudy

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      Umer Farooq 4 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      This has been a wonderful hub with lots of information on numerous useful aspects of onion. As most of other community members indicated that they knew onion was useful but they didn't know to what extent. Same is my case. I knew onions were useful but this hub provided me with a useful insight on how useful onions can be. Thank you for sharing this information with all of us.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Onions indeed have many health benefits, I live in asian region and we used onions as common ingredients in many various traditional food.

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      MSLewis 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wonderful article! I plan to forward this to my fiancé. I absolutely love onions, I'll actually eat them like apples on occasion, but she hates them, whether they're cooked into something or not.

      Anyway, very well done!

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      yankeeintexas 4 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

      I had a few older relatives eat an onion a day. They believed that it would keep them healthy, and live longer. Personally, I think they were right! They never seemed to get sick, and lived a very long life.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Trudy, cut up an onion finely and take out its juice. Add equal quantity of honey to it. store it in a glass bottle. Take 1 tsp of this mixture 2 times a day for whooping cough.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ grapewater - I'm glad you know now how important and useful onion is to good health. In India, onions are used in every meal, raw or in dishes.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      @ ryanjhoe - I entirely agree with you. Thanks for reading.

      @ MS - I hope you fiancée is motivated to start using it and liking it. Many thanks for coming by.

      @ yankee - Absolutely right you are. Onion has been thought to have life increasing benefits. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Umer Farooq 4 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Rajan Jolly, even one of my friends was using onion juice to stop his hair fall and he was having positive effects while applying onion juice. I am facing hair fall as well. He recommended it to me as well, but I took it lightly as I never heard of this recipe for hair fall. After I have read this in your hub, I am ready to give it a go and I hope it will work. I need to do more research as this could be a very important breakthrough for many people like me who are facing hair fall problems. Once again credit goes to you for writing up such a knowledgeable hub and provoking me to have a go at onions.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Umer Farooq, I do hope you try it for yourself and find its efficacy. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Claire 4 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Very interesting and informative hub. I never liked onions as a child other than the small pickled type. But now I love all types and eat them very often. I knew of some of their health benefits but it is good to know that they are so very good for us and in so many ways. I am going to share this with friends.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice to know you now are fond of this healthy food, Claire. I appreciate your sparing time to read, comment and share.

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      Claire 4 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      :) I am very interested in how foods can be used to heal and keep us health especially as I have several food intolerances. I always try to find a natural method to help or cure whenever I can because I believe that is much better for us and that if we can prevent issues even starting by eating well then all the better.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The foundation of good health is healthy eating Claire. I'm glad you appreciate this fact. Most of the disease comes from either indiscriminatingly or eating stuff that does not agree with our body. Eating well is always a good starting point.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Now, that may be the most comprehensive article on Onions I've read. Good job!

      @jasonpoquette

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      Claire 4 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Yes. I used to have lots of small but irritating health issues and then found out that I was intolerant to several foods. This has lead me to find out about alternatives and I have found that many of these are healthier in general as well.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We eat a lot of onions in out home. If we humans just left the processed foods behind and began eating natural foods again, our health would improve drastically. Onions are a favorite food of mine. I knew they were beneficial but had no idea of all the health benefits you listed. Thanks for the detailed Hub. I shall make an effort for my family to eat even more onions!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      Yes, eating onions everyday is good preventative health. I eat them mainly for their anti-allergenic and immune supporting properties.

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      vijay. 4 years ago

      its very good to know about the onions and i was not aware the uses of the onions in our daily routine and for the body. thank you so much.

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      tattuwurn 4 years ago

      I love eating onions. I sometimes fill my dish with onion rings , lots of them! But here I just have found an answer to intermittent whizzing, tinny sound in my right ear. How to exactly extract an onion juice? Maybe from finely chopping the onion? Thanks for the informative and helpful hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Jason - thanks for the compliments and I appreciate your visit and comments.

      @ Claire - you are right. Alternate foods can be healthy. Thanks.

      @ Brenda - Eating healthy and healthy foods hurt no one. Thanks for visiting.

      @ Blissful Writer - glad to note you found onions so healthy. Thanks for coming by.

      @ Vijay - thanks

      @ tattuwurn - You can crush the onions to extract the juice. Thanks for appreciating and visiting.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Rajan, This is an incredible article, I could not believe my eyes as I read your hub. Onions turn your hair black?? Can I share some of tips with my friends on my youtube channel? I knew onions had healing benefits, but this list is amazing. Voted up, and bookmarked!

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      I love onions and eat them almost every day. I never knew of all the good things you mentioned here. Excellent post!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      JanMaklak, thanks for stopping by.

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      Moronke Odugbesan 4 years ago

      I like your lens. After reading, I went straight to the kitchen to eat a raw onion.I 'll try using it on my head.

      Thanks for all the tips and I enjoyed the video.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Moronkee, that is a big compliment, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the write up and the video. Thanks for coming by.

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      I'll have to try the water method to reduce tears. I have also found that a small fan blowing over my work surface prevents much of the gas from reaching my face and that stops the tears for sure.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi JanMaklak,

      This is a useful share and can surely be used when weather permits. At other times the water method could be used. Thanks for coming by.

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      Scott 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I love eating onions, I eat at least one a day!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for stopping by Scott.

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      Nuella 4 years ago

      Hello Rajan, quite an interesting read and I must say well done in taking time out to respond to every single post....you are the best!

      Do you think using malt vinegar to reduce the acidic feel of onion would reduce the health benefit of eating raw onions? I eat 1 onion bulb a day but soaked in malt vinegar. Also does eating onions prevent hair loss? Or must I rub it on my head to get the result? Thanks

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      rajan jolly, You really know your onions! I'm curious exactly how you would get the juice out of a raw onion. Wouldn't it just turn to pulp? Would you squeeze it through a cloth? I guess having a juicer would be helpful. But wondering how you would do this by hand. And how much juice would you get from one medium sized onion? Thank you for sharing. Regards, snakeslane

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Nuella - malt vinegar is also acidic so adding onions to it would probably not reduce the acidic feel. However if you find you're agreeing with this rather than consuming onions alone its fine. Regarding your second question, the onion has to be applied locally. Consuming it too will benefit more.

      Thanks for reading.

      @ snakeslane - Yes you could make onion pulp and squeeze it out of a cloth. Seriously, I haven't tried juicing it in a juicer. As for the quantity you'd have to do it yourself to find out.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      I love raw onions! Never knew there were so many health benefits to eating them.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Faith, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad the hub was informative to you.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I always knew there were VERY good reasons I enjoy eating onions. I knew they were nutritious but I had no idea to their healing qualities or the fact that they were used to remove rust from things. The only problem is that I have to buy like 3 packs of gum a week! I appreciate this article and I will be sharing it and voting it up. Thanks for writing it and God bless.

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      hoozi 4 years ago

      these informations showing how much we changed from our ancestors,with busy life we do forget about the natural medicines ,

      brother these information are very vital to evey one,glad you have more post like these ....

      all the best

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Kasman - I hope the benefits of onions far exceed the cost of the packs of gums! Lol! I appreciate your sense of humor and thank you for stopping by, voting and sharing the hub. Have a great day!

      @ hoozi - so glad you appreciate the information. Appreciate your visit. Have a wonderful day!

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Well done ...we use various varieties of onions in many of our dishes, this is a very good hub..thank you

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Frank. Glad you liked the hub.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      who knew?? I thought I was in the loop on most healthful foods but never thought of onions as being among those. They are such an essential part of many savorty dishes that I used them often.I am so glad to know that they are such an awesome food. When I lived in Georgia I used ot make Vidalia onion sandwiches ..they were so yummy. I still get them here in FL but they just don't seem as good and I am sure they are the same.

      Thanks for sharing this with us :) ps

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Patricia, I can understand how glad you are that you've been using this health food ever so often without knowing the range of its health benefits. We use onions here in almost all the vegetables that we cook.

      Appreciate the visit and comments.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub rajan. I did not know that there were so many health benefits from eating onions. Thank you for sharing such an informative and useful hub. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm glad you find the information useful Chris. Thanks for stopping by.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Believe it or not, onions are my favorite vegetable. I love them raw, steamed, boiled, fried, and even French fried! They make everything (except maybe desert) better, and they do have so many healthful benefits, fighting cancer among other things.

      Voted you up, useful, interesting, and will share!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Great hub and lots of valuable information. A good onion makes almost everything taste better and knowing the benefits of eating them regularly is nice to know. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Au fait - Indian food has onion in most of the dishes so not a day goes by when at least 4 out of 5 dishes have onion in them. Glad you use this healthy vegetable quite often. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      @ Fiddleman - Thanks for stopping by Robert.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Ranjan,

      Thank you for sharing the benefits of eating onions. I prefer onions in a stir fry or I will add them to an omelette.

      Voted up and awesome and sharing

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sueswan, onions are great and healthy eaten anyway. Thanks for the visit and sharing. Always good to see you.

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      Fitnessforlife 4 years ago

      Powerful information. Do the sweet vidalia onions have the same healing properties as the other onions mentioned?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Fitnessforlife, this information is for the onions that are usually available. I do not have the details specifically for the sweet vidalia onions.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, I love onions they make almost every dish better. I am not sure about the onion juice for health issues but the are tasty.

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Very interesting read. I had no idea onions could be used to dye hair. I love raw onions and try to have them daily in my salad. I'm very glad to read how healthy they. Thanks. Voting up and useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Jmillis - glad you like the info. Thanks.

      @ Koralee - thanks for stopping by.

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      Dickwithabrick 3 years ago

      For some strange reason I had the urge a few days ago to eat raw yellow onions. I guess I saw my dad eating raw onions when I was growing up. Let me say that I had no idea about it's health benefits. To my amazement two incredible things happened to me.

      (1) For years I had problems urinating - pain and slowness.

      After two days of eating raw onions, the pain is completely gone and my urine is flowing freely.

      (2) Over the past year I have difficulty sleeping. Last night I slept like a baby - my first good night rest in a long time.

      It's not a coincidence. So I decided to research the benefits of onions today and it brought me to this site. Now I can say with conviction that onion is a miracle vegetable!

      Thanks for putting up this forum Rajan Jolly. You are a man among men.

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      Dickwithabrick 3 years ago

      For some strange reason I had the urge a few days ago to eat raw yellow onions. I guess I saw my dad eating raw onions when I was growing up. Let me say that I had no idea about it's health benefits. To my amazement two incredible things happened to me.

      (1) For years I had problems urinating - pain and slowness.

      After two days of eating raw onions, the pain is completely gone and my urine is flowing freely.

      (2) Over the past year I have difficulty sleeping. Last night I slept like a baby - my first good night rest in a long time.

      It's no coincidence. So I decided to research the benefits of onions and it brought me to this site. Now I can say with conviction that onion is a miracle vegetable!

      Thanks for putting up this forum Rajan Jolly. You are a man amongst men.

      I ♥ hubpages. It's ♫ to my soul!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Dickwithabrick. Glad you found relief with onions and liked the info given here as well. Thanks for visiting.

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      Genesis Ibanez 3 years ago

      I love raw onions. Always eat it every meal, snacks and to pass time. It helps me also to quit smoking cigars. I eat onions like an apple. My day is not complete without eating onions. Thankyou. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Good to learn that onions made you quit smoking cigars. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      rajani 3 years ago

      i want to know is onion gets poisonous if we cut it and store it for 2-3 days in a refirigerater?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      No, but keep the skin on to prevent them from getting spoilt, rajani.

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      amir Qazzafi 3 years ago

      Amir Qazzafi

      i am 21 years old boy and i am suffered in Bone cancer last stage.

      How i can get well soon by using onions?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Amir Qazzafi, thanks for reading. I'm sorry to learn about your disease but I'm not a medical doctor. You need to contact your doctor for your problem.

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      joram umburi 3 years ago

      its true for what you put there but also most of onion they oxidize iron and unions from different foods which may cause cancer in human body,

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      shalomgarden403@gmail.com 2 years ago

      I used to eat onion raw from my school days not knowing the long list of its benefits, I am a chain smoker from the age of 15, now 57, going strong ! may be the onion effect !

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      june 2 years ago

      This is very vert good information thanks a lot

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      manoj sharma gandhi 2 years ago

      Dear rajan , u r doing a really great job. Nature friendly n sustainably while u r spreading an ancient great knowledge of surroundings and from daily life at almist nil cast ingredients. I support by heart.also thanking you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Manoj Sharma Gandhi- thanks for appreciating and supporting my efforts of spreading the health benefits of natural foods.

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      Jack Ketch 2 years ago

      Every day. Every day is only one word when used as an adjective.

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      Guy 21 months ago

      Wow... I'd say your a liar. Numbers 11:15 mentions Onions?

      http://biblehub.com/numbers/11-15.htm

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      Asamoah 17 months ago

      Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      authritic 14 months ago

      In Dog Bites [...] It removes the poison.

      Have you venomous dogs?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 14 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It checks infection by bacteria.

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      iqbal 7 months ago

      use of onioin good and increase sex powe also ??????

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      Ramesh R 6 months ago

      A man age 40 and above, how many onions are to be takken as dialy basic and how many month to continue. if Raw onion only.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ramesh you can take a small raw onions everyday or 2-3 pieces of a large one daily.

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      Ramesh R 6 months ago

      Rajan ji.

      Thanks for response, Just one week before i am started the eating small raw onions morning empty stomach 4 no's and lunch time with food 7 pieces . please advise me its right way or wrong way am travelling.

      please note that i am diabetic patient and eat medicine for blood clotting and BP.

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      Ramesh R 6 months ago

      I eat small raw onions for a week, i got very good improvement in leg knee joint, i can fold my leg and i feel no knee pain also.... I am total satisfied.

      Apart from that i have suffer left ear side black skin has formed for few months ago. now its changing to normal my health color...its also another improvement. so i feel good ....

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ramesh you did not mention earlier that you are diabetic and have hypertension. I would have suggested getting advice from a doctor first.

      Onions too make blood thinner so you have to be watchful as you are taking medicine to thin the blood.

      Onions are anti inflammatory hence the benefits to your knee joint are to be expected.

      I'm glad the onions are helping but I would suggest you reduce their intake by half if you intend taking it longer.

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      Ramesh R 6 months ago

      Rajan ji.

      Thanks for guidance, i stop onion intake now and get doctor advise...currently i am working and living in QATAR country.

      Ji...i will contact to you..asap.

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      sanjay billore 6 months ago

      Ranjan Thanks a lot for this information, I need your help in another case. I had polio when i was 1 an half year old my right leg was affected and it is thinner and weaker than my left leg. i am of 36 never felt pain in any leg i dont use any stick to walk but for few days i have been feel pain in my left knee of my strong leg. can you suggest me better diet or exercise ....Thanks

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      Adejhelil 3 months ago

      How can I make onion juice, because i my hair back to normal

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      Onionlover 2 months ago

      Thanks for the great article

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      Irfan Bawazir 7 weeks ago

      Dear Ranjan Sir,

      Thanks a lot for this information. Really i was unaware of this much natural benefits of only one Onion. Its your hardwork to make us aware of God's gift.

      I too will start all the process of eating onion along with my family now onward specially.

      Thank you very much sir by my bottom of heart.

      God Bless You.

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