Over the last few weeks at various times I have had common words popping into my head those were histamine, itchy skin, quercetin. Then last Sunday whilst preparing lunch for the family up came quercetin again the author of the recipe I was using was telling me that the red onions that I was putting in to the dish were high in quercetin. What is she going on about you are asking yourself.
Well on a webinar recently on supplements Dr Karen Herbst mentioned that we should be taking a supplement of bioflavanoids and in particular one called quercetin . She said that it was a good anti- histamine and especially good for us as we seem to carry a lot of histamine in our cells that caused itching in our lippy areas. There are those words again quercetin, histamine and itchy skin. You can’t deny as a group we all seem to have problems with allergies in one form of another hay fever, food intolerances, bites from insects, potions and lotions, itchy skin for no apparent reason, the list is endless. Dr Karen Herbst in the same webinar said that histamine activates the mast cells in our bodies which make our lymphatic’s and bloods leakier. So what are nature’s natural anti- histamines onions! So I thought I would research onions and quercetin a little bit more.
It turns out that quercetin has also has been found to possess anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties too and in some research it has shown promising potential for preventing and controlling the formation of intestinal polyps, suppressing the rhinoviruses that are the underlying cause of common cold, treating psoriasis, and inhibiting the replication of viruses including the herpes simplex virus that can cause cold sores.
Onions are also a rich source of chromium, a trace mineral that can help control glucose levels. There is also some evidence suggesting that severe chromium deficiency may make weight loss more difficult or even cause weight gain. In fact in the past I have taken chromium supplements to help sugar cravings and to help weight loss.
With a glycemic index (GI) rating of 10, onions are considered a low glycemic food. Onions are also very low in calories too for those of you who calorie counts.
How do we eat more onions? Reds are brilliant in salads, roasted, salsa’s. Whites are a great ingredient staple in any dish you can eat them fried, in soups, stews.
Who would have thought the humble onion could be so good for us.