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Leeeks Health Benefits

Leeks are versatile, tasty, and easy to prepare, so don’t let their relative unfamiliarity deter you. Leeks have much to offer in the way of good health and, like garlic, it’s thought that much of their therapeutic effect comes from its sulphur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

The flavonoid kaempferol which is present in significant amounts in leeks provides protection to the linings of blood vessels, particularly against free radicals or reactive oxygen species.

 

Kaempferol may also increase the production of nitric oxide in the body, a substance that acts as a natural dilator and relaxant of blood vessels, thus allowing blood vessels to rest and lower the risk of hypertension.

 

Leeks are great for weight loss programs as they have a low calorific value. Also, the significant fiber content helps keep one satiated for long and boosts metabolism. Leeks contain vitamin C which is important in wound healing and collagen formation. Pyridoxine is important in efficient energy utilization.

 

Vitamin K present in leeks is needed for blood coagulation and for metabolism of bone and connective tissues. Iron is required in the formation of haemoglobin while manganese functions as a coenzyme in many reactions in the body.

 

Although not as famous as onions and garlic, leeks are important vegetables for fighting against chronic low-level inflammatory states. These states include diabetes, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Leeks can decrease the risk for these conditions by virtue of their polyphenol and kaempferol contents.

 

Leeks are also good sources of vitamins C, B6 (pyridoxine) and K, as well as manganese and iron. Vitamin C is important in wound healing and collagen formation. Pyridoxine is important in efficient energy utilization.

 

Vitamin K is needed for blood coagulation, and for metabolism of bone and connective tissues.

 

Manganese functions as a coenzyme for many reactions in the body, while iron is important in the formation of haemoglobin.

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