caffeic, sinapic, and p-coumaric), pectin, sterols, saponins, and volatile oils.   

Studies have shown that, like garlic, onions and onion extracts decrease blood lipid
levels, prevent clot formation, and lower blood pressure.  Studies have also revealed
that onions have a significant effect in lowering blood sugar levels.  Throughout
history,  onions have also been used to treat asthma.  Their action in asthma is
mostly due to their ability to inhibit the production of compounds that cause the
bronchial muscle to spasm, which then causes the muscle to relax.  


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Murray , Michael N.D.. The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods.
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Centers For Disease Control And Prevention-5 A Day.

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Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia


Onions are a very good source
of vitamins B6 and C, chromium,
biotin, and fiber.  They are also a
good source of folic acid and
vitamins B1 and K.  

The health benefits provided by
onions are mostly due to their
content of several organic sulfur
compounds.  Like garlic, onions
also have the enzyme alliinase
(released when an onion is cut or
crushed).  Other constituents
that are found in onions include
flavonoids (primarily quercetin);
phenolic acids (such as ellagic,
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