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Leeks Provide Health Promoting Properties

Leeks Provide Health Promoting Properties

Leeks are becoming more well know for their amazing health benefits and as a delicious ingredient in cooking. Similar to garlic and onions leeks come a vegetable family called Allium vegetables . Allium veggies like leeks should be added to our diets on a regular basis. Allium vegetables often contain similar health benefits such as cardiovascular support and high levels of nutrients.

Leeks Provide Health Promoting PropertiesLeeks may help prevent disease

Due to their organosulphur compound and beneficial allium component, vegetables such as leeks, onions, and garlic have been found to help fight off disease and illness. Especially when it comes to stomach and colorectal cancer.

Studies suggest that the protective effects seem to be caused by allyl derivatives in leeks and similar veggies which may help prevent breast, esophageal, colon, and lung cancer. The author of this study says “Allium vegetables and organosulfur compounds are thus possible cancer-preventive agents.”

Other benefits of leeks

Leeks contain a healthy amount of vitamin A and K, as well as folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and thiamin. Leeks are also high in B vitamins which may help support a healthy heart and help keep levels of homocysteine in balance.

Leeks are also known to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. On top of that leeks also help lower and control blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, promote healthy nervous system, naturally cleanses and purifies the body, and eliminates uric acid in gout.

How to Consume

Leeks are super easy to prepare. They are a tasty addition to salads, and many other raw dishes. It is recommended when cooking leeks to thinly slice them and let them sit in water for about 5 minutes or so. By doing so, this will help clean out the grits, enhance the flavor, and the health benefits.

Leeks are also wonderful sauteed with olive oil (or oil of choice) or simply add them into soups, dressings, or pair with a yummy vinaigrette. Leeks also go along very well with eggs, poultry, fish, and beef


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