This is why leeks are amazing for your health
Leeks are a part of the Allium vegetable family (along with garlic and onions), and have milder and subtle flavor that can be good in salads, potatoes, meat or soups. But they are more than flavor enhancers. Leeks contain significant amounts of the flavonoid kaempferol and many studies suggest it reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer. It also appears to support our cardiovascular system by protecting our blood vessel linings. Leeks are an excellent source of vitamin A, which aids in vision and supports the immune system, and bone-building vitamin K and manganese. They also contain vitamin B6, which appears to reduce homocysteine in the blood.
1 Leeks are an amazing source of vitamins and antioxidants
Leeks contain vitamins A and K, along with healthy amounts of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and thiamin. The B vitamins in leeks, in particular, may support heart health by keeping levels of homocysteine in balance (elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease, blood clots, and stroke). Leeks also are a source of antioxidants; leeks have a total polyphenol content (TPC) of 33 milligrams per 100 grams of fresh edible portion. These polyphenols play a direct role in protecting our blood vessels and blood cells from oxidative damage.
2 Cardiovascular Support
Leeks contain important amounts of the flavonoid kaempferol, which has been shown to help protect blood vessel linings from damage, including damage by overly reactive oxygen molecules. There is important concentration of the B vitamin folate, which is present in leeks in one of its bio-active forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb).
3 Leeks are low in calories
For those who want to cut down on their carbs, they should consider a higher intake of leeks. Just one hundred grams of leek stalks are the equivalent of 61 calories. Leeks are also full of soluble and insoluble fiber. In other words, your intestines would work without problems and your metabolism would be catalyzed.
4 Good source of iron and folate
You can get 14.2 percent of your needed daily folate and a tenth of your daily iron in just one cup of leeks (around 80g). This amount is needed for healthy red blood cells as well as for supporting healthy cell production and for optimum functioning of the nerves. Those who are suffering from fatigue, should try adding the nutrient-rich leek to their diet.
5 Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, leek juice can be used for treating arthritis, gout and inflammation of the urinary tract.
6 High cholesterol
Leeks have an anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action. It helps reduce both the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine, as well as the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, thus preventing one of the first steps in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
7 Nervous system
Magnesium, phosphorous and folate are important nutrients needed for healthy functioning of the nervous system. They help improve concentration, memory and the brain’s ability to process information. Leeks contain all of these.
8 Purifying action
This is the best characteristic that leek juice has – purifying effect on the whole body, since it helps eliminate toxins from the body by enhancing the cleansing of the colon.
9 Lutein and Zeaxanthin are good for the eyes
Leeks are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin. These compounds are necessary for a healthy eyesight. They protect the eye tissues from oxidative damage (harmful oxidation of your DNA and cell membranes), by filtering out harmful light rays as they enter your eye. Lutein and zeaxanathin, when consumed in adequate amounts, protect the eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.