Friday, October 25, 2013

Spicy Raw Purple Onion Salad

Here comes another simple but very healthy anti-breast cancer salad. You can eat it as a side salad or as a main dish. You can put it on raw and cooked vegan burgers, or add it to sandwiches. People who do not usually like raw onions really enjoy this flavorful creation.

Purple onions are one of the most potent anti-inflammatory vegetable and should be eaten as often as possible. They contain twice as many antioxidant compounds as white onions or shallots.

Purple onions, like all the other vegetable of the allium family, are very good source of organic sulfur compounds. Sulfur is needed to for the synthesis of amino acid cysteine. Cysteine play important role in detoxification of the body. Cysteine is a precursor to glutathione - a powerful intracellular anti-oxidant and detoxifying agent of carcinogens. Studies demonstrated that high plasma levels of cysteine were associated with decreased risk of breast cancer.

Sulfur in purple onions also helps lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and trrglycerides in the body while boosting the good cholesterol (HDL) at the same time. This help improve the cardiovascular health and contributes to weight loss. 

Purple onions are also very high in the flavonoid anti-oxidant quercetin that is known to fight inflammation and is often used to calm allergic reactions in the body. Studies show that quercetine from onions is more powerful than supplemental quercetine simply because the body can better recognize and utilize compounds in their natural state. 

Purple onions also contain polyphenol anti-oxidant anthocyanin which helps prevent damage caused by free radicals and calm inflammation. This is important because inflammation increases the rate at which oncogenes are formed in the body. The more oncogenes the faster the cancer cell formation. But thankfully, anthocyanins inhibit the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. 

Purple onions are also high in mineral chromium which is needed for the optimal sugar levels in serum. Chromium also helps improve cellular insulin sensitivity. 

 ~ Spicy Purple Onion Salad ~

  • 2 medium large purple onions
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium large hot pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 Celtic salt
  • 3 Tbsp cold pressed grape seed oil

  • Peel the onions removing only the outer layers. 
  • Cut onions in half and cut the into very thin slices. 
  • Transfer cut onions into a bowl. Add mint and hot pepper. Mix well.
  • Add lime juice, grape seed oil and salt. Mix well.
  • Cover the bowl a place it in the fridge for about ten minutes.
  • Serve nicely chilled and enjoy in good company as often as you can!

Tip: To maximize the anti-cancer compounds put your onions into a freezer for 2-3 minutes. Also remember not to remove too many outer layers. If you do you will lose valuable antioxidants. And one more thing, chopping, shredding, blending makes nutrients more available.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon ©2013

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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