Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Leek - Why Is It Good For Us?

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Leeks are another under-appreciated, under-studied vegetable, and it was actually quite hard to find research on the health benefits of leeks. They are part of the allium vegetable family and therefore get out-shinned by their more famous relatives, garlic and onion. Hopefully we can bump up their popularity and get some research done on them, but in the mean time, here are some of the top reasons that makes leeks good for you.

1. Vitamin K
Vitamin K supports the health of our blood by helping it clot (so you don't bleed to death when you get a cut) and builds strong bones

2. The ancient Greeks and Romans (specifically, Aristotle and Emperor Nero) believed leeks would improve the health of your throat and, even if you weren't sick, a leek diet would improve your singing voice

3. Cardiovascular Health
Leeks contain a flavonoid called kaempferol which is an antioxidant and supports the health of our blood vessels

Now is the perfect time to start using leeks more too as they grow bigger and with a stronger flavour in the months of and surrounding winter.
Don't know how to use leeks? Why not try my soup recipe

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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