The Benefit of Onion
Onion (Allium Cepa) is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the history. It is originated from Central Asia but some scientists believe that it was first grown in the Middle East. This type of vegetable is unique because it can easily grow on any kind of soil. Thus, it also can be cultivated under any different climatic conditions such as temperate, tropical and subtropical. It is one of the biennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae.
From the historical view, this species is used as a food that contains a great source of energy. Furthermore, onion also can act as a traditional medicine to cure various illnesses. In the early sixth century in India, the Indian medical treatise named Charaka Sanhita mentioned onion as one of the important remedies to heal heart, joint and digestion problems. Thus, it has proven that this vegetable has many health benefits.
Moreover, onion has properties that can improve heart health by preventing the blood platelets from sticking together, which can lead to heart attacks. This vegetable can lower the risk of high blood pressure. In addition, onion has the anti-inflammatory properties that can help to boost the function of immune system and respiratory system. Another health benefit of onion is that it can fight the breast and colon cancer cells. The property that was found in the onion block the cancer cells from growing. The cancer cells are unable to communicate to each other and kill themselves.
Apart from that, onion also can be the solution to the digestive problems. The fiber that presents in this vegetable can prevent and cure different types of diarrhea. The natural substance in onion also helps to ease constipation.
Another health property of onion is it can improves the health of the lens of the eyes. The sulfur in onion produces a protein called glutathione. A high number of glutathione will lower the chances of eye problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Furthermore, onion extracts helps to reduce the risk of corneal haze.
Onion also can solve the skin problems. This vegetable is high in vitamin A, C and E that can prevent from premature aging caused by free radicals. Moreover, onion has an enormous antiseptic that can give a protection to the skin from acne and various skin infections.
In conclusion, onion is a vegetable which has various health benefits to the people. It can act as a defense mechanism from health problems as well as reducing the risk of cancer.
Written by Jay Choo Jun Lee and Mohammad Rosmawardini Bin Haji Wahap
22nd August 2020
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