A recent scientific study reveals that, when combined with the antidiabetic drug metformin, an onion extract can help lower high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol levels among diabetics.

Conducted by the Delta State University in Abraka, Nigeria, the study used onion extract that was a crude preparation from the onion bulb, on rats with medically-induced diabetes. The result was that the rats displayed lowered total cholesterol levels.

While onion extract led to an increase in average weight among non-diabetic rats, this was not so in diabetic rats. The findings, which were presented at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego, California, declared that although onion is not high in calories, it seems to increase the metabolic rate and, with that, to increase the appetite, leading to an increase in feeding. The lead investigator from the Delta State University, Anthony Ojieh, stated that they needed to investigate the mechanism by which onion brought about the blood glucose reduction as they did not yet have an explanation.

Source: IANS

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.