Leeks Help Your Health

Tasty Leeks resemble large green onions, add flavor to food, and offer several health benefits. 

Improve eyesight

Vitamin A is necessary for the eyes to function correctly, and leeks are rich in this vitamin. Also rich in antioxidants, leeks help the eyes fight environmental pollutants and allergens. Zeaxanthin and lutein, which shield the eyes, are found in leeks and help prevent cataracts.

Healthy Skin

Free radicals in the environment contribute to the dark spots and wrinkles of aging. Antioxidants in leeks fight free radicals, making your skin glow with health. They also contain allicin, which helps keep unhealthy bacteria away.

Heart Health

Leeks contain kaempferol, which protects the blood vessels. Small amounts of nitric oxide in leeks help relax and dilate blood vessels.

Blood Pressure

Potassium in leeks helps control blood vessels’ tension, keeping a stable flow of blood flowing throughout your body. Potassium also helps control hormone levels and balance acids and bases in the digestive system.


A low concentration of red blood cells causes anemia and can result in fatigue, weakness, and compromised alertness. Iron and B vitamins in leeks raise red blood cell count and prevent anemia.


Antioxidant vitamins in leeks reduce the inflammation of sore muscles, bruises, and strains. These elements also help reduce inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases, easing symptoms, and discomfort.

Bone Health

Vitamin K, found in leeks, is necessary to produce a protein called osteocalcin, which helps prevent osteoporosis. It also is a blood coagulant, helps decalcify the blood, and keeps blood vessels open.


A natural diuretic, leeks aid the natural process of ridding the body of sodium and water as urine. Diuretic properties help control blood pressure and keep kidneys healthy. Lower sodium lowers blood pressure by reducing tension in the blood vessels.

Type II Diabetes

Leeks inhibit amylase activity, control insulin levels, and prevent spikes in glucose. They are low in calories and have low amounts of residual glucose. Prevention of nerve damage is aided by the allicin contained in leeks.

Weight Loss

Low in calories and a good source of dietary fiber, leeks help you feel full, reduce cravings for food, lessen your appetite, and lose weight.

15 thoughts on “Leeks Help Your Health”

    • Slice and saute with mushrooms in ghee, or trim to the light green and bake off with cream and butter, salt, pepper a bit of garlic…those ar two of my favorites…it not just added to soups and stews

    • Some people grill them…Just cut off tops, leaving some green, make sure to wash off any dirt. Cut leek in half, brush with oil and add a spice, like garlic salt, paprika, pepper, whatever you want and grill when you are doing steaks and such. You can tell when they are browned and done. If you have an extra screen-like plate to put over your grill, that will keep them from falling through the grates.

  1. I like to use leeks in chicken based soups and stews, they add so much flavor but don’t add too much, really good in chicken & Dumplings.

  2. I Use them in salad also in the winter i use them In soup when i make pizza i slice them and use as a top, any recipe that calls for oNions you can substitute leeks.


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