The health benefits of onion juice have long been acknowledged by medical experts. Even the World Health Organization confirmed that onions are good for those suffering from atherosclerosis, which is a disease of the arteries.
Also, onions contain organosulfur compounds that have the ability to fight cancer cells. They also act as blood thinning agents that can help prevent unwanted clotting of blood.
One medium sized onion is enough to fill a shot glass. It may burn a little while going down but this is normal. You can try having a little honey mixed with warm water, if you are having difficulty in drinking it. Have a little before and after you drink the onion juice. It is best to have the onion juice first thing in the morning. Remember not to eat or drink anything for at least one hour after drinking.
Health Benefits of Onion Juice:
1. Anti-Cancer Benefits
As per Cancer Research UK, there are over 200 types of cancers. To reduce your risk, you may include onions in your diet because onions are loaded with a variety of sulfides, all of which offer anti-carcinogenic properties.
Consuming onion juice on regularly will help reduce your risk of a variety of cancers.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Onion is known for its ability to make you shed a few tears while slicing it up. This is due to the organosulfur compounds found in the vegetable’s membranes that are released when it is sliced.
These organosulfur compounds are filled with flavonoids known as anthocyanin and quercetin, which have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that help you fight off bothersome illnesses such as periodontitis, hay fever, atherosclerosis as well as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
3. Boosts Digestion
Onion contains inulen a type of dietary fiber that helps the good bacteria in the digestive tract proliferate. These bacteria also improve the way your digestive system gathers nutrients from the same. Inulen plays an important role in keeping regular bowel movement and to stave off constipation.
4. Fights Anemia
Onions are naturally rich in iron. This pungent vegetable is also packed with other anemia-preventing minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin B6, including chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, folic acid and calcium.
5. Fight Colds
Studies have shown that the sulfur compounds in onion juice help in relieving chest congestion and are highly beneficial in fighting off the common cold. It acts as a mucolytic agent by helping in liquefying mucus and preventing its formation.
Consuming a mixture of honey and onion juice can help relieve a sore throat and provide relief from cough. The mixture of onion juice and honey should be in a 50-50 ratio and has to be kept aside for about 5-6 hours. It should be taken at least 2-3 times daily.
6. Keep Your Cholesterol Under Control
Onions are known for their ability to lower cholesterol buildup due to the Vitamin B, chromium and sulfur compounds that are found in rich supply in this essential vegetable.
As per Dr. David Williams, a medical researcher, it is recommended that you eat half a raw onion daily to keep your HDL cholesterol at a healthy level and to prevent blood-clotting.
Also, as per the British Journal of Nutrition in 2009, onions reduce systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in overweight people. This is due to quercetin, an antioxidant which is present in onions.
How to Extract Juice from Onion:
1. Cut the onion into quarters.
2. You can use an electric centrifugal juicer with a chute and a spout. To extract juice from hard vegetables such as onions, a juicer with a spout that you can feed pieces of the vegetable into is needed.
3. Put a bowl under the spout of the juicer. Some juicers come with a glass collection container, but for some strainers, you will need to place a bowl beneath the dispensing spout, before you begin since the juice will pour out as you work.
4. Press each quarter of onion through the juicer. Wait until each quarter has finished being juiced before inserting the next quarter. The juice should automatically come out through the spout, while the pulp will be collected in a separate compartment.
What are the Side Effects of Onion Juice:
Consumption of large amount of onion juice can cause gastric irritation. To avoid this, drink onion juice in moderation.
Also, onion juice may cause nausea and vomiting in some cases. Application of raw onion juice can lead to skin irritation and should be tested on a small area before application on the affected areas.