Health benefits of Leeks – The humble leek !

Health benefits of Leeks – The Humble Leek !Leek

  • Leeks contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.

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

  • Though leeks contain proportionately less thio-sulfinites than that in garlic, they still possess significant amounts of these anti-oxidants such as diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide and allyl propyl disulfide. The compounds convert to allicinby enzymatic reaction when the leek-stalk disturbed (crushing, cutting, etc). The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g leek is 490 TE (Trolex Equivalents).

  • Laboratory studies show that allicinreduces cholesterol production by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductaseenzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities.

  • Additionally, allicin decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO) and, thereby bring a reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease an overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.

  • Leeks are a great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. 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.

  • In addition, leeks are one of the good sources of vitamin-A(1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. 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.

  • Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. exerpts from –  nutrition and you .com




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    They provide fibre and aid the body with the digestion of food and the prevention of constipation.

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