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Onion

Onion: Members of the allium family, onions contain complex sulfur compounds. When cutting an onion, two chemical reactions take place. Enzymes release a strong odor and a volatile sulfur gas irritates the eyes. The sulfur containing compounds in onions are responsible for their health benefits. They contain allyl propyl disulphide, which may lower blood sugar levels by competing with insulin and actually increases the amount of “free insulin” available. Onion has excellent amounts of chromium and some potassium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and calcium. It also has some vitamin C, trace amounts of B vitamins iron and zinc. Onion contains the powerful antioxidant Quercetin, flavonoids and several other micronutrients. Being high in chromium, the mineral component in glucose tolerant factor, onion can help decrease blood glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance, lower insulin levels and decrease total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL or good cholesterol. These factors decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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