Health Benefits of Eating Leeks

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Leeks don’t just taste great nor does it just enhance the flavor of other dishes.  Because it is packed with so many essential nutrients, eating leeks also have a string of health benefits when eaten in moderation.

Leeks can steady the blood sugar levels in the body.  When consumed at least twice a week, the ascorbic acid contained in leeks along with Vitamin B6 and manganese help slow down the body’s absorption of sugar from the intestinal tract.

These nutrients aid in the proper metabolism of sugar thus helping the body maintain its sugar level.

Leeks have also been proven to decrease bad cholesterol in the body and instead raise High Density Lipoprotein or good cholesterol.  Maintaining this would ensure that a person would not develop the formation of plaques in the blood vessels that later on, can lead to atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Aside from helping people avoid stroke, diabetes and other heart ailments, leek is an excellent source of iron and folate.  Iron is an essential vitamin that synthesizes hemoglobin and carries oxygen throughout the body.

Because of its rich iron content, leeks help fight anemia and prevents birth defects—especially those that are related with the brain and spine.  And because leeks are also rich in Vitamin C, the iron is quickly absorbed by the body.

Having constipation problems?  Add leeks to your diet.  It is a good source of dietary fiber which regulates intestinal function and repopulates the good bacteria in the colon.  Because of this, bowel movement becomes easier and more regular.  Intestinal bloating is also prevented.

According to studies, leeks help fight cancer, particularly prostate and colon cancer.  Substances like kaempferol and quercetin inhibit the growth of carcinogens in the body and prevent it from spreading.

Leeks are also known to help fight off ovarian cancer.

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