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Benefits of Onion And Its Side Effects

Vitamin C and other nutrients in onion help to check cancer and also enhance skin and hair. The blood sugar levels are largely controlled by onion extracts and it also boosts immunity, sex drive and anemia control.

Benefits of Onion And Its Side Effects

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Onion
Nutritional Value of Onion
Health Benefits of Onion
Fight Cancer
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Prevent Inflammation And Other Allergies
Promote Respiratory Health
Enhance Eye Health
For Oral Health
Onions and hair growth
Enhance Brain Health
Uses of Onion
Side-Effects & Allergies of Onion
Cultivation of Onion

Onion

Onions are vegetables, which have the scientific classification of Allium cepa. They are rich in antioxidant compounds that are very effective in neutralizing the free radicals present in the human body. They have been used for decades by human beings for medicinal purposes.

Nutritional Value of Onion

Onions have many valuable medicinal applications because it acts as a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include the presence of sulfuric compounds and quercetin which are essential for health.These vegetables also contain mineral components such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, selenium, and phosphorus and they are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber.

Health Benefits of Onion

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Onion
Health Benefits of Onion

Fight Cancer

Red onions are the most effective in destroying breast and colon cancer cells. Onions have a powerful compound called quercetin that plays a significant role in preventing cancer.

Lower Blood Sugar Levels

One of the sulfur compounds present in onions (S-methylcysteine) and quercetin can have beneficial effects on controlling the blood sugar level in the body. Chromium, also present in this root vegetable, may help regulate blood sugar.

Prevent Inflammation And Other Allergies

Quercetin (and other flavonoids) in onions helps in preventing inflammation. Onion also helps the treatment of allergies by preventing the cells from releasing histamine.Antihistamine properties of quercetin can also aid in reducing nasal congestion. The antibiotic effects of onion accelerate wound healing.

Promote Respiratory Health

Patients with respiratory issues like asthma and allergic rhinitis can benefit from onion extracts. The prebiotics present in onion can help removing nasal congesion and thus aiding peaceful sleep.

Enhance Eye Health

The sulfur in onions improves the health of the lens of the eye thus aiding in vision. It stimulates the greater production of a protein named glutathione, which acts as an antioxidant and reduces risk of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.The selenium in onions supports the vitamin E in the eye (which protects the cells in the eye).Onion extracts can also aid in preventing the development of corneal haze and onion juice can also be used as eye-drops.

For Oral Health

Onions contain a rich source of thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates (the sulfur compounds) that help scale down bacteria that cause tooth decay.The vegetable is also enriched in vitamin C that keeps the teeth healthy.Onions can relieve tooth pain.

Onions and hair growth

Rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties, onions help to nurture hair and proliferates its growth. The rich sulfur content and antioxidants prevent thinning and breakage and premature greying. They fight dandruff and assist in blood circulation that helps in hair growth.

Enhance Brain Health

Antioxidant rich onions bind with the harmful toxins in the brain and flush them out of the body.The extracts of onions have been found to maintain the hippocampus. Another sulfur-compound in onions, named di-n-propyl trisulfide, improves memory impairment and lower down age-related memory loss. Onions are also believed to treat dizziness, epilepsy, and vertigo.

Uses of Onion

Onions are crucial for other benefts also, like treatment of fever, easing menopause symptoms and reducing oxidative stress. The phytochemicals in onions along with their vitamin C help improve immunity. Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol (LDL). Onion juice also provides immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation. It is also used for skin problems.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Onion

Onion might slow blood clotting and might increase the risk of bleeding when taken as a medicine. Onion might lower blood sugar. Overconsumption of onions for diabetic patients can be harmful. Onion might increase the risk for bleeding or interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures.

Cultivation of Onion

It is believed that onions originated in Asia. Although the exact location is not known, it is assumed that onions are native to West Pakistan and Iran. The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and its bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell on reaching a certain day-length. The bulbs are composed of shortened, compressed, underground stems surrounded by fleshy modified scale (leaves) that envelop a central bud at the tip of the stem. In the autumn (or in spring), the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is then harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage.

Popular Questions & Answers

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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My hair gone white almost 30% .since two years. What I have to do then it reduces naturally from root.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, thats unfortunate. One of the most common reason for white hair is pollution and lack of nutrition. Aside from other internal and external factors that may affect your hair color, studies have shown that genetics play an important role in determining the onset of gray hair. People tend to start growing their natural gray hairs by the same time their parents or grandparents started seeing their first strand of gray hair. Over the years, changes in a person’s hormones, age, climate change and even exposures to chemicals can have an effect on one’s hair pigmentation. Here are some home solutions for you: 1. Coconut oil - Today, coconut oil is among the most popular skin and hair products widely used by men and women for different purposes when it comes to maintaining skin and hair. Apply coconut oil on your hair and also massage your scalp with it. The oil from the coconut is rich in lauric acid that strengthens and moisturizes your strands. It is also rich in antioxidants that may help in preventing your hair from graying too soon. 2. Relax and avoid stress - Stress is the most common known cause of having gray hair prematurely. Find time to unwind and free yourself from stress, plan visits to the spa and treat yourself to a relaxing massage. A more budget-friendly way to de-stress is to soak in a hot bath after a long day. 3. Don’t smoke - The bad effects of smoking can also affect your mane. It causes unwanted stress to your hair that result in premature aging. By quitting your smoking habits, you free your body from the damage caused by smoking while preventing gray hair from appearing early. 4. Hydrate - Coffee, tea and other caffeine-laden drinks dehydrate your body. Alcoholic beverages are also known to reduce the amount of fluid in your cells. Some foods are also known culprits in dehydrating your body. Decrease your intake of such food and drinks and increase your intake of water. Properly hydrating your body aids in the transfer of nutrients from the cells to other parts of your body, including your hair follicles. 5. Onion juice - The hair contains its own hydrogen peroxide that is also responsible for the natural graying process of the hair. An enzyme called catalase functions to break down this chemical. Without catalase, hydrogen peroxide will continue to bleach the hair. However, this process may be prevented with the help of onion juice extract. It has natural properties that produce the enzymes needed to break down hydrogen peroxide. Although this hair treatment may not reverse hair that is already gray, future hair growth may be prevented from going gray. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

I have small external Hemorrhoid I don't know how to get rid of this and I'm not comfortable to share this to my doctor please help me.

MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Pune
It is a common occurance. Generally there could be small fissure beneath that. If the area gets inflammed it swells in size and causes pain. One good measure to avoid its occurance is to Avoid straining at motion. Avoid getting hard motions. Have plenty of fibers in the diet. Eat lots of carrots, cucumber and greeen leafy vegetables.

My brother is software employee, recently from 2 months his eyes have lot of dark circles how does they vanish please can you name any cream for black circles.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Dark circles are a common problem but the cause for its occurrence has to be determined. Most of the times, it's genetic that is it runs in the family. But inadequate sleep, nutritional deficiency or working on laptop for long hours can also cause this. Please get your hemoglobin checked. Creams can be tried, which are specially made for treating pigmentation on this area. Chemical peels are also another option. Please use a sunscreen. You can contact me through online consult option for detailed prescription and all other precaution to be taken.

Please suggest a veg diet to do away with love handles and could also take care of indian cooking style.

MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user, here is a sample diet chart for you. Early morning - Drink 2 glasses of warm lemon honey water early in the morning on an empty stomach. Go for fast walking or jogging. Warm Lemon honey water will reduce body fat and remove harmful toxins from the body. Breakfast – Brown bread with milk, oats or corn flakes, 1 bowl of boiled sprouts or fruit salad. But if you are vegetarian then you can have Upma, idli and skimmed milk and fruits Morning snack – Tea or coffee with some biscuits or almonds or walnuts. Lunch – Chapatis without oil, Brown rice, dal or curry, vegetable, salad and curd Evening snack – Tea/coffee with biscuits, or one apple, cucumber or nuts Dinner – Chapatis without oil, rice without starch or brown rice, dal or curry, vegetable, salad. But you should eat less than at lunch you have.
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Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - How Best Can You Manage It?

MD-General Medicine, D.M, Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Gastroenterologist, Ahmedabad
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - How Best Can You Manage It?

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic digestive disease which occurs when the stomach acid and at times the contents in your stomach flows backwards into the food pipe. The backwash or reflux irritates the esophagus's lining and hence causes GERD. Individuals may manage GERD's discomfort by changing their lifestyle and by taking over-the-counter or OTC medications. But, certain people might also require stronger medications or surgery for reducing the symptoms.

Some of the basic signs include chest pain, burning sensation in the chest, dry cough, difficulty in swallowing, sore throat, etc. If you experience such symptoms at least twice a week or if your physician notices damage in your food pipe, then you might undergo diagnosis. Though drugs are the primary GERD treatment yet, an individual can manage it by following certain tips which may give relief.

Few ways to manage GERD- self-care tips:

  1. One of the effective ways to help yourself is by consuming smaller meals. Instead of taking three big meals regularly, you may try having smaller meals frequently and avoid stuffing.
  2. Almost all individuals tend to have dinner just half an hour before sleep, but this might affect GERD patients. It is best to eat 2 hours before going to bed as by doing so your stomach will get enough time to digest the food.
  3. Due to a hectic schedule and fast paced lifestyle, people tend to eat as quickly as possible. To manage GERD, one must eat slowly and put down the spoon or fork in between each bite.
  4. Changing the daily diet by striking off the trigger foods is beneficial in managing GERD symptoms. Though the food triggers vary from one person to another yet, it includes coffee, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, tomato, citrus juices, onions, spicy and high- fat foods, etc.
  5. Sleeping with the head end of the bed elevated by 6 inches is a very effective way of reducing night time reflux. It is also advisable to sleep on your left side . Never sleep on the right side as this position promotes reflux. Medications to reduce acid production are the mainstay of the medical treatment.
  6. One always has to ensure that they are following the various lifestyle changes along with the medication. Other medications include pro kinetic medicines which help the stomach empty. Surgery always remains the last resort in the treatment of GERD. Endoscopy is required for the diagnosis or GERD Prior to any surgery a Manometry and 24 hr ph merry test is compulsory.

If you are suffering from GERD symptoms frequently, then you may maintain a diary for figuring out which foods are giving you trouble.

When is a surgery required?
If lifestyle changing tips and other medications fail to provide any relief, then physicians recommend undergoing surgery.

  • Surgery is done for strengthening lower esophageal sphincter and also for reinforcing it. The surgery for reinforcing lower esophageal sphincter is performed by surgeons laparoscopically. The surgeon inserts instruments like a tiny camera and flexible tube by making 3-4 incisions in the abdomen. This surgery for managing GERD may be quite effective.
  • Experts state that candidates who undergo GERD surgery are those who are unwilling to take GERD drugs or are not getting relief from them. While choosing a surgeon, it is better to consider one who possesses huge experience of the particular operation which you need and also with a good track record.
  • So, you must visit a doctor if you experience frequent gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms. It won't be a good decision to take OTC medications without your doctor's recommendation if you notice arm or jaw pain along with difficulty in breathing as these are signs of heart attack.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

1847 people found this helpful

Boost Your Sexual Drive

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
  • Onions are considered as very beneficial in Ayurveda. Onions do wonders on the body of a man. Their use can cure many health problems associated mainly with the men. Experts say that the nutrients present in the onions like Sulphur Compound, Anti-oxidants, Flavonoids and Polyphenol are very effective for a healthy wealthy body of a man.
  • Onion is known as one of the greatest aphrodisiac foods, it helps  increase libido and also strengthens the reproducing organs. Onions also  increase the testosterone levels in the body and can help in increasing  the sexual stamina..
  • Onions can be eaten raw or in juice form. You can cut an onion into four  before throwing it in the blender. The resulting juice is great for  your sexual stamina. The juice is bitter and you should sip it slowly so  that it doesn’t shock your system. adding garlic to the juice is also a great idea and will help boost your sexual  potency. this mixture could be called  a sex tonic for its great sexual  health benefits. Another great recipe of onions is the chopping them  fine and frying them in butter and consuming them with honey first thing  in the morning. This mixture is great for penile health and is also a  great aphrodisiac.
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Health Benefits of Salad

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Salad

Traditionally salads were known to be prepared of only raw vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage and onion which are cut into slices and sprinkled with a pinch of salt and lemon. They were either served as the smallest portion among the other food items in the meal plate or totally ignored.

Hey folks, if you have also been doing the same, it’s now time to change.

But, let me first tell you the importance of having salads which will definitely lead you to start having salads with your meals. You can also be very creative in making your salad colorful, tasty, crunchy, balanced, appealing to eat and obviously healthy.

Why salads?

· Starting your meals with a bowl of salad will help you attain weight loss. Not a joke, it’s true because salads are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in other nutrients. Fiber helps you feel full making you eat, the remaining meal less and ultimately lose weight.

· Eating a high fiber salads aids in lowering cholesterol and also is known to prevent constipation.

  • Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables in salads appears to help your body absorb protective phyto-chemicals  (known to protect against cancer and heart disease), like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
  • Best way to skip croutons (deep fried pieces of wheat bread) which are few in nutrients and have a high glycemic load is to replace them by nuts and seeds and maintain the crunchiness in the salad.
  • Want to balance it with proper carbohydrates and protein to make it a whole meal; you can add brown rice or protein packed Quinoe, grilled chicken, low fat Paneer, Tofu or Sprouts.

· People, who do not like to eat fruits, can relish on salads which combine fruits and vegetables and eat it as a whole meal or in between snacks. This will provide them a host of powerful antioxidants which will protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

 

 

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Know Everything About Astigmatism!

Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmologist, Thane
Know Everything About Astigmatism!

Astigmatism is an eye condition where there is an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea. The cornea and lens are smooth and equally curved in all directions, which helps to focus the light rays to the retina. But if there is an imperfection in the curvature, then you will suffer from a refractive error. Astigmatism is not an eye disease. It is simply a condition where the eye is not able to focus the light. 

Causes
Irregular shape of the cornea is the main cause for astigmatism. It might also be caused because of the imperfect shape of the lens. Suffering from astigmatism is very common. You are either born with the condition or you might have developed it after an eye surgery. It is an incorrect concept that watching too much of television or reading without enough light causes astigmatism.

Types
There are three different types of astigmatism:

  1. Myopic astigmatism: When the principal meridians of the cornea are nearsighted.
  2. Hyperopic astigmatism: When the principal meridians of the cornea are farsighted.
  3. Mixed astigmatism: When one of the principal meridians is nearsighted and the other is farsighted.

It can also be classified in two other types:

  1. Regular astigmatism: When the principal meridians are perpendicular to each other.
  2. Irregular astigmatism: When the principal meridians are not perpendicular to each other.

Symptoms
Blurry or distorted vision, strain in the eye, eye discomfort, squinting and headaches are a few symptoms of astigmatism

Diagnosis:
If you notice the symptoms stated above, make sure you pay a visit to your ophthalmologist. If you are suffering from astigmatism, your doctor will do an eye test to check how much your eye is able to focus on light. After conducting his tests, he will determine how much power you have and you will have to wear glasses of that power. Apart from the option of wearing glasses or artificial lenses, you can also go for a surgery to correct the condition. LASIK is an option among the many other options of surgeries available.

Diet
Eat foods rich in sulphur. Foods like fish, green vegetables, pineapple, garlic, onion, olive oil, etc are rich in sulphur. Hence, eating these will help you battle astigmatism.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Onion
Nutritional Value of Onion
Health Benefits of Onion
Fight Cancer
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Prevent Inflammation And Other Allergies
Promote Respiratory Health
Enhance Eye Health
For Oral Health
Onions and hair growth
Enhance Brain Health
Uses of Onion
Side-Effects & Allergies of Onion
Cultivation of Onion