The best part of about onions is peeling them layer by layer. Onions are nearly never eaten on their own, but there many layers to their benefits to human health. Each part of the vegetable has its own benefits, so make sure to slice through multiple layers when preparing your meals.

Layer 1: antioxidants, antibacterials, and other phytonutrients make the onion a powerhouse for promoting health inside and out.

Layer 2: onions are a significant source of Band C vitamins; copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium; and dietary fiber.

Layer 3: these pungent edible bulbs contain sulfur compounds that make you cry but they also have been shown to prevent Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease, regulate blood sugar and prevent cancer  Not a bad trade-off for a few tears!

Here are five other layers of benefit we derive from onions—a few of which may surprise you.

  1. Fights Inflammation

You already know that inflammation is the main cause of all diseases. Sadly, there are many dietary and environmental causes of inflammation within the body such as: processed foods, trans fats, sugar, refined grains, artificial sweeteners, air pollution, inadequate nutrition, personal care products and many more. According to many experts worldwide, onions contain phytochemicals that counteract excessive inflammation, promoting general health and especially efficacious for arthritis, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.

2. Fever Reducer

Onions are considered as one of the main powerhouses of chicken soup. You don’t have to eat them to get the benefits, all you have to do is to put a half an onion in each sock overnight and it will help you bring down your fever.

3. Detoxifier

The famous medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology published a study which discovered that when onion is coupled with turmeric, a synergistic chemical reaction occurs that causes pre-cancerous cell death:

“A decrease in polyp number was observed in four of the five patients at three months and four of the four patients at six months. Side effects were minimal [mild diarrhea].”

4.Heart Health

Anthocyanin is the pigment that gives red onions their distinct color. It’s also a potent flavonoid antioxidant that has been found to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol, with the ability to reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Sulfuric compounds prevent blood platelets from clumping and clogging your blood vessels, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.

5. Skin Burns

The sulfur and quercetin in onions relieve pain and inflammation and inhibit the formation of blisters. Apply a freshly-cut union directly to a fresh burn or sunburn to induce healing.