Red Onion and its Hypoglycemic Effect on Diabetics

Taj Eldin et al. found that at the end of four hours red onion significantly reduced fasting blood glucose levels and induced hyperglycemia (result of the glucose tolerance test) in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. However, the standard treatments of insulin and glibenclamide were even more successful at reducing fasting blood glucose levels in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics and induced hyperglycemia in type 1 diabetics than red onion. The researchers acknowledged that it was difficult to reach a concrete conclusion because of small sample sizes. Nonetheless, they suggested that red onion’s hypoglycemic effects could be beneficial in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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