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Health Benefits of Leeks

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Although leeks resemble flowers or plants, they are essentially vegetables. They are members of the Allium genus. Chives, onions, and shallots are related to leeks. Leeks, unlike onions, have stems rather than bulbs. They are resilient and can be grown with ease. These veggies are able to resist extreme weather. Leeks are native to the West Asian countries and the Mediterranean region, but they are now grown across the world owing to their many culinary and nutritional benefits.

Leeks are crunchy vegetables. The stalk, which lies just above the stem base and roots, is the only portion of this plant that is edible. Leeks have a sour onion taste to them. Its stem is used to add taste to broths.

Leeks improve eye health, prevents cataracts, keep skin healthy and clean, support cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, prevent anemia, and reduce inflammation. Other benefits are improved bone health, improved renal function, cancer prevention, type 2 diabetes management, weight reduction assistance, and improved digestion.

Weight Loss

Because leeks contain dietary fiber, they are good for reducing weight. Fiber fills your stomach and keeps you satisfied for a longer amount of time. Cravings are suppressed by leeks, as are frequent hunger pangs, which may derail even the most committed dieter.

Assist in Preventing Cataracts

Lutein and zeaxanthin are abundant in leeks. These two substances may prove to be quite beneficial to the eyes. They protect delicate eye tissues from UV damage. Most significantly, they guard your eyes against the development of cataracts. It's advised to consume 12 milligrams of the two substances to get these benefits.

Good for Healthy Bones

Every part of the body benefits from Vitamin K. Osteocalcin is activated when you have enough Vitamin K every day. Osteocalcin is a protein that promotes bone health and prevents bone resorption. Getting the daily Vitamin K requirement may protect the health of the bone tissues for years.

Good for Eyesight

Vitamin A is abundant in leeks, and it is required for good eye function and general eye health. They are also high in antioxidants and fights free radicals in the body to prevent them from harming the eyes. Free radicals are linked to age-related eye problems and macular degeneration. Vitamin A, which is known to boost night vision, also aids the eyes in achieving better eyesight in low-light conditions.

May Help People With Anemia

Iron deficiency may result in anemia. Regularly eating leeks may ensure that your body gets its iron requirement to prevent anemia. Iron and B vitamins are crucial pre-cursors for the production of blood cell and are abundant in leeks. Anemia correction may result in increased blood flow and oxygen perfusion to cells.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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