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Leeks Vegetable Health Benefits

Leeks are allium vegetables that are closely related to onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions. Leeks are versatile, tasty, and easy to prepare, so don’t let their relative unfamiliarity discourage 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.

 

Leeks are moderately low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber. 

 

Leeks are a great source of vitamins that are essential for optimum health. 

 

Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine in healthy proportions.

 

Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

 

They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

 

The edible parts of the leek plant are the light green stalk (or stem) and its white bulb, while the dark green leaf sheaths are usually discarded because of their fibrous consistency.

 

Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, leek juice can be used as a valuable aid for treating arthritis, gout and inflammation of the urinary tract.

 

Leek does 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.

 

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.

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