PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You got to have onions to kill cancer cells, red onions specifically, according to a newly released study by the University of Guelph in Ontario.
During the experiment, Murayyan and company put colon cancer cells in direct contact with quercetin from different five onions and they realized Ruby Ring onions, especially ones grown in Ontario, are the most effective in destroying cancer cells.
According to the press release on the study, Abdulmonem Murayyan, the study’s lead author and doctoral student at the university, said “Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing color to fruits and vegetables, so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in color, would have the most cancer-fighting power.”
In addition Murayyan said via the press release, “Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavorable environment for cancer cells and they disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth.”
The study also found concluded vegetables excel at destroying breast cancer cells.
The next step is to test the onion’s abilities via human trials, Murayyan said in the press release.
The findings of the onion experiments are available in Food Research International.