Until the last century the majority of myths only had an empirical basis, without scientific data.
To the onions, along with the properties attributed adverse effects are also useful.
During the Middle Ages is said to be greased on the head was good for hair. Even he was supposed aphrodisiac powers like inflame the lust and increase the sperm.
Onions contain a number of sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure. In India, communities that never consumed onions or garlic had blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels substantially higher, and blood clotting times shorter, than the communities that ate liberal amounts of garlic and onions. Onions are a rich source of flavonoids, substances known to provide protection against cardiovascular disease. Onions are also natural anticlotting agents since they possess substances with fibrinolytic activity and can suppress platelet-clumping. The anticlotting effect of onions closely correlates with their sulfur content.
Onion extracts, rich in a variety of sulfides, provide some protection against tumor growth. In central Georgia where Vidalia onions are grown, mortality rates from stomach cancer are about one-half the average level for the United States. Studies in Greece have shown a high consumption of onions, garlic and other allium herbs to be protective against stomach cancer.
Chinese with the highest intake of onions, garlic, and other Allium vegetables have a risk of stomach cancer 40 percent less than those with the lowest intake. Elderly Dutch men and women with the highest onion consumption (at least one-half onion/day) had one-half the level of stomach cancer compared with those consuming no onions at all.
Western Yellow, New York Bold, and Northern Red onions have the richest concentration of flavonoids and phenolics, providing them with the greatest antioxidant and anti-proliferative activity of 10 onions tested. The mild-tasting Western White and Vidalia onions had the lowest antioxidant content and lowest anti-proliferative activity. The consumer trend to increasingly purchase the less pungent, milder onion varieties may not be the best, since the onions with a stronger flavor and higher astringency appear to have superior health-promoting properties.
Despite the obvious concern about a potential lover's reaction to smelling onion on the breath, in ancient Egypt and in India onions were considered an important edible aphrodisiac. Onions probably work best to enhance the mood for sex when both partners partake of this special ingredient. They can be cooked into a romantic French onion soup, or eaten raw with salt, perhaps with pleasant music in the background.
Let your lover know your purpose when you are experimenting with natural aphrodisiacs. Just entering into an erotic frame of mind with someone special can have amazing aphrodisiacal properties all on its own.
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