The cancer fighting powers of RED onions.


Onions don’t usually get the spotlight for being a glamorous and trendy ‘superfood’, but surprisingly enough, the humble onion is most definitely a superfood in its own right.

You know the saying, “An apple a day…”, well it should be, “An onion a day keeps the doctor away!”

Diced in a side salad, sprinkled as a garnish or chopped through a vegetable dish, they may just be one of the best ingredients you can eat.

Red onion is excellent at killing cancer cells as they activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death.

The red variety not only has high levels of quercetin but also large amounts of anthocyanin, which boosts the properties of quercetin.

Quercetin and other flavonoids in fruits and vegetables are considered important in cancer prevention. Quercetin and other flavonoids have been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors.

One other thing about onions… I recently read about a longevity study that surveyed a large number of centenarians (people that live to 100 and beyond), and one of the common traits they found in the survey was that centenarians seemed to eat a lot of onions! Just further proof that onions are a powerful superfood worthy of addition to your daily meals… I like to have them in my scrambled eggs, diced up in salmon or tuna salad, and sauteed with mixed veggies at dinner!

Justine Laidlaw
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