Those just might be tears of joy as you say goodbye to your arthritis pain with fresh onions. A natural painkiller and inflammation-fighter, the onion is a star player in The Arthritis Healing Diet for its many compounds that soothe arthritis pain.
1. Onions relieve inflammation. Onions are loaded with sulfur compounds that significantly drive down inflammation and reduce pain by inhibiting the enzymes directly responsible for joint inflammation. Sulfur is a critical component of both healthy cartilage and healthy joints, yet when analyzing the amount of sulfur in the fingernails of arthritis patients, researchers found that they have far less of this important mineral than people who didn’t have arthritis. Sulfur compounds also contain positive immunostimulant properties, which is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because it is an autoimmune disease.
2.Onions with the most healing power. The onions that make you weep offer maximum arthritis pain relief. The strongest onions contain the most phenols and flavonoids, thus providing the greatest anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Researchers found that the Western Yellow variety of onion contains 11 times more flavonoids than the Western White. Shallots have even more antioxidant activity, so mince these tiny onion-ettes into everything from salads to omelets.
3. Handle with care. Although whole onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place, those already sliced or cut should be refrigerated in a sealed container or tight plastic wrap. Otherwise, their nutrient content diminishes rapidly. Freezing chopped onions is not recommended because they lose much of their flavor.
4. How to slice an onion without crying. Cutting onions under cold running water reduces eye irritation, but this can wash away beneficial phytonutrients. To minimize tears, chill onions in the freezer briefly before cutting–and be sure to use a very sharp knife.
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