The cholesterol-lowering veggie reduces blood sugar by 50%.
Type 2 diabetes implies the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin or the cells don't take it up. Insulin controls blood sugar, the major blood sugar. Blood sugar may skyrocket without this process.
Extract of onion bulb, Allium cepa, decreased high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol in diabetic rats when administered with metformin,
according to research presented Thursday at The Endocrine Society's 97th annual conference in San Diego.
"Onion is inexpensive and plentiful and has been utilised as a nutritious supplement," said Delta State University's Anthony Ojieh.
"It may help diabetics."
Mr. Ojieh and his colleagues administered metformin and onion extract to rats with medically induced diabetes to test whether it enhanced the drug's benefits.
400 and 600 mg/kg/day of onion extract lowered fasting blood sugar levels in diabetic rats by 50% and 35%, respectively, compared with "baseline" values at the start of the trial.