The leek is rich in nutritional and medicinal substances – it contains large amounts of minerals and vitamin C. Like other types of allium vegetables, leeks too have recognizable and distinctive odor, and has been grown for a long time. It is the mildest in flavor of all types of allium, It is not hot, has no strong odor and does not cause tears in the eyes.
Apart from this, it has another advantage compared to other types of garlic: it is most easily grown and is not sensitive to low temperatures – it can be picked from early fall until late spring. Therefore, the leek is an important food, especially in the winter, when the range of vegetables is poor.
In its nutritional composition, the leek is similar to its relatives, but contains more protein, beta carotene and vitamin C. The raw leek is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of iron, folic acid, vitamin C and B6.
Regarding the fact that boiling reduces the quantities of vitamins and minerals, the boiled leek is a good source of manganese and medium source of iron, folic acid and vitamin B6.
Curative properties of the leek:
Unlike onions and garlic, the entire leek can be used, not only as a spice, but also as a vegetable. It is rich in nutritional and medicinal substances, vitamin C and essential oils with sumpor.
These oils act soothing on breathing and digestive organs, kidneys, liver, blood and blood vessels. These oils stimulate the smell of leeks, which is specific and for many people, even repulsive. When using it, it is recommended to use the entire leek, its white stem and green leaves. The leaves are usually avoided, but they contain several times more tannin than the white part.
These are some of the health advantages of the leek:
- In case of increased thyroid levels, warm compresses of boiled leek are recommended.
- It helps cases of cough, it soothes the cough and has favorable effect on hoarseness, pneumonia and asthma.
- It reduces the increased amount of the uric acid, cholesterol and fat in the blood.
- It improves blood circulation and helps with arteriosclerosis and inflammation of veins.
- It improves appetite and encourages the work of the digestive system and intestines.
- The leek encourages the work of kidneys and excretion of urine, and helps with pain in the kidneys and kidney stones.