Health Benefits of Onions

Is there anyone who does not use onions every day? If there is I’ve never met them. Perhaps unknowingly those who have been using onions are helping their bodies to continue to be the best it can be.

I’ve always thought of onions as being a vegetable, whose prime purpose is for adding flavour to other foods that I cook. But, onions are not vegetables. They are herbs. Why I have never thought of them as herbs is simply because they aren’t dried leaves or freshly leaves like rosemary, bay, thyme, etc. They don’t fit my idea of an herb.

Onions are healers, just like good old garlic. Ever wondered why those things that are good for us have strong and sometimes distasteful odours and tastes? Is it a prerequisite that something that is good for us must be something that turns us off?

The history of onions as healing instruments goes back over 6000 years.

When writing about foods or just thinking about them I always check out if there is any reference in our Bible versions. I was actually surprised to find there is only one reference to onions in the bible so I figured it couldn’t be that important a food for our health. Typically I’ve found when YHWH wants us to get the point, I will find multiple references within both the Old and New Testament.

Therefore I assumed because the lowly onion is only referenced once, it wasn’t that important for me to know about.  I was wrong.  The reference in the Bible clearly emphasizes just how important the onion was to the people at that time:

Numbers 11:5  “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks and the onions, and the garlic.”

Each food mentioned in that one verse of Scripture is among the most potent of the healing foods that are to be found in nature.

Nutritional Value 1/2 Cup Raw Onions

  • 27 calories
  • 2 mg sodium
  • 125 mg potassium
  • 0.6 g fibre
  • 5.9 g carbohydrates
  • rich in vitamins, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and C

Ancient History of Onions

Greek historian Herodotus wrote the onions were an important source of energy and endurance and that the Egyptian pharaohs spent nine tons of gold for onions to feed the slaves and labourers (many of whom were, of course, the Israelites) who built the pyramids.

At least 3000 years before Yeshua’s birth onions were treasured for their food and therapeutic value, particularly for the treatment of bladder and kidney problems.  That continued down through the ages and since the Middle Ages used for the following:

  • externally as an antiseptic
  • internally as a tonic to soothe intestinal pain
  • alleviating symptoms of hypertensiion
  • level blood sugar and elevated cholesterol
  • onion mixed with syrup from honey to treat coughs, colds and asthma
  • onions soaked in gin or similar distilled spirit was prescribed fro kidney stones and to eliminate excessive fluids
  • modern herbalists will recommend an onion syrup as an expectorant
  • believed to be a diuretic and to reduce blood pressure

Onions-virusesApparently George Washington was known to have said, “My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold.”


Onions are effective against several dangerous bacteria, including the deadly E.coli and salmonella.  They possess a strong antibiotic that kills a variety of bacteria responsible for illnesses ranging from diarrhea to tuberculosis.

Several years ago Russian scientists reported that of 150 or more plants studied, onions and garlic contained the most potent antibacterial powers.  Chewing on a raw onion for about five minutes completely sterilized the mouth and throat, shielding the individual against an invasion of disease-causing germs and viruses.

I have a personal experience to report on that happened months ago. I ended up with an infection that dug deep into the roots of one of my back teeth.  Despite having dental coverage the surgeon I was to see wanted me to pay upfront and I could not do so.  My referring dentist had told me I would have to have the offending tooth and the one beside it taken out.

Left with no alternative than to self-treat, I ate a lot of garlic and onions (not very odour friendly to be around during this treatment) and used colloidal silver, both in a nasal component and adding drops directly to my mouth and the tooth.  It got cleared up and has not returned.  I still have my teeth, thank you very much.


Research has clearly shown that onions have a profound effect on blood cholesterol by raising the ‘good’ HDLs and lowering the ‘bad’ LDLs.

Onions-BenefitsTherapeutic components of the onion slow blood clotting (in addition to regulating blood sugar, breaking up bronchial congestion, and recent suggestions help prevent cancer).  The raw, as opposed to cooked, onion works best on cholesterol.

Cooking seems to somewhat reduce the blood cleansing powers according to Dr. Gurewich (Tufts University).

According to Jean Carper, author of “The Food Pharmacy,”

“The onion is one of the best tested miracle foods of the food pharmacy – a potent, versatile bulb against a host of human ills, just as the ancients asserted.”

==>Anti-Coagulant & Cholesterol

Raw or cooked, the onion acts as an anticoagulant, helping prevent the blood from forming into life threatening clots within the arteries. They will even actually help dissolve clots that have already formed.

A study done in India where people ate fat rich meals heavy in butter, cream and eggs (foods that raise cholesterol, increasing danger of clotting) showed that a mere 2 ounces of onions added brought the cholesterol under control and the clotting tendency was reversed.

In another study people on a 3000 calorie diet heavy in fats for 15 days had cholesterol levels that rose averaging from 219 to 263.  With a single tablespoon of onions added to the fatty diet, the cholesterol dropped to 237.  The more onions in the diet the greater the drop in LDL levels.


Sulfur, one of the chemicals in onions, works with halting the sudden changes in cells that often lead to cancer. Tests at MD Anderson Hospital & Tumor Institute identified a substance in onions called propylsulfide.  This chemical nixes the enzymes in the body that might spark out-of-control cancer growth.

A study at Harvard School of Dental Medicine concluded that onion extract stopped the spread of oral cancer cells or destroyed them entirely in animal tests.  I have no idea where we are at with this study or if they went any further.  But, it would seem to me that you and I would have nothing to lose by using onion extract, a natural plant remedy, if the need ever arose.  We couldn’t make the situation any worse.



8 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Onions

    1. You are likely correct re the liver spots. I know there are cosmetic uses as well, which of course I didn’t include. It’s pretty neat how I find I am ‘attracted’ to foods that are good for me. I’ve been known to dine out at a restaurant, go to the salad bar that comes first, and then cancel the main course ’cause I prefer the salad bar. “cheap” date 🙂

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      1. Vegetarian and juicer here …. and the only reason my body is going through things (recovering) is because I did not eat well or juice … or really take care of myself following my brother’s suicide. Emotions really do impact the physical!

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      2. Don’t I know it!! People always commented on how healthy my hair, etc. was … and I never noticed because I’d always eaten well, but never consciously thought that I was eating well.

        I’ve followed up just now with a post on colloidal silver – some history, and thought of it with the mention of alchemy. (smile)

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