Leek, which is also called Poor-man’s-asparagus, is a stalk of the leek (Allium porrum L.), a herbaceous plant of the botanical family Liliaceae.
Leek, which is very similar to onions differs from it due to the presence of a very little or no bulb with much more stalk. Onions and garlic, belongs to the same botanical family with leek, hence, they share many properties.
The properties of leek and that of onion is very similar. It contains
* More carbohydrates, about 12.3%
* More minerals than onions. Calcium, iron and magnesium stands out among others. One-half kilo of leek provides one-third of the daily need for calcium, and provides 10 mg of iron that an adult needs in a day.
* Proteins in small amounts, about 1.15%
* A low fat content, about 1.16%
* A neglible amount of vitamins
* An essential oil similar to that in onions, which accounts for its typical odour and volatility but in lower concentration.
Health benefits / medicinal uses of leeks
Leeks have the following medicinal benefits:
* BRONCHITIS AND SINUSITIS : The mucolytic (fluidization of mucus) effect of leeks and its antiseptic properties makes it appropriate in the treatment of bronchitis and sinusitis. The regular consumption of leeks can be effective in its treatment.
* URATIC ARTHRITIS (gout) : The body produces uric acid as the metabolism of proteins occur, which is eliminated through the urine. When excess is produced, it tends to deposit in joints, causing pain (gout) and inflammation. Leeks alkalizing and diuretic effects increases the elimination of the uric acid through urine.
Thus, the regular consumption of leeks are particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and kidney disorders.
* CONSTIPATION : Leeks produces intestinal flatulence due to the laxative effect of their fiber.