Leeks are new on my grocery list!  I haven’t known how to prepare them, and they actually didn’t sound too appetizing.  The research for this post has changed my mind!  Now I want to take a look at Leeks!  Closely related to garlic and onions, Leeks have been cultivated in the Mediterranean region and Central Asia for thousands of years.  They resemble small scallions, having a small bulb and a long, white cylindrical layered stalk that flows into flat, tightly-wrapped, overlapping leaves.  

Leeks have a more subtle and sweeter flavor than onions.  These members of the Allium family are nutrient rich, containing important amounts of:

  • Kaempferol:  This flavonoid has repeatedly been shown to help protect blood vessel linings from damage.
  • Polyphenols:  This is a type of antioxidant that helps fight cancer cells, reduces inflammation, promotes normal blood pressure, protects skin from ultraviolet radiation, and fights free radicals that age skin.  Interestingly, the total polyphenol content is greater than that of carrots, cherry tomatoes, or red bell peppers.
  • Folate:  This essential B vitamin is present in Leeks in one of its bioactive forms: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate or 5MTHF.  On a side note, the words “folate” and “foliage” share the same root, the Latin word folium which means “a thin leaf-like stratum.”  This is so logical because it is green plant foods that are the richest source of folate.  Low folate intake can have devastating effects on health, including birth defects, cancer, and blood diseases.  
  • Allicin:  Also a biologically-active component of garlic, allicin reduces blood vessel stiffness by helping the release of nitric oxide (NO) in the blood vessel wall.  This can result in the reduction of total blood pressure.  Allicin also has a “clot-breaking” action in the blood vessels which can decrease the risk of stroke.  

So how do we reap the benefits of Leeks?  I found out that it is best not to wash them before refrigeration because it will hasten their spoilage.  When ready to use them, cut Leeks in half lengthwise.  Fan them out and wash thoroughly.  At this point they can basically be used like onions and are especially good in stir-fry and saute’.  

START SOMEWHERE today to take a look at Leeks.  They are a great anti-aging source of nutrients.  LIVE YOUNGER with real food.  You can do it.  I will help you!  

Take a Look at Leeks

Take a Look at Leeks