Leek For Anti Aging

Leek For Anti Aging

What is aging? Ageing or aging is the process of becoming older. Aging happens when the division of cells in an organism starts to cease. In human, aging represents the accumulation of changes in human beings over time. Aging encompasses physical, psychological and social changes. Many of us want to avoid physical aging. Well, there are various ways to do that. One of them is by managing our diets. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables to fulfill the micronutrients needed by our body. One of the vegetables that are very good to supply micronutrients is leek. We can add leek to our daily meals to get the benefits of leek for anti-aging. Featured picture: to Pixabay.

Consuming leek gives many benefits to manage aging

Picture 1. Leek Cuttings (Credit to Pixabay)

Aging is among the greatest known risk factors for most human diseases. Other ways to slow down aging are by applying intermittent fasting, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and having enough sleep.

Some Signs Of Aging

1. Hair: gradually becomes thin, caused by hormonal shifts that happen around menopause.  Similarly, brows and lashes become wimpy because of change in hormones.

2. Skin: Turkey neck caused by sagging of the neck skin, brown spots, and other signs of sun damage. Wrinkles appear on the face, including the eyes area. Wrinkled knees and elbow.

3. Vision: the lenses of the eyes become less flexible (presbyopia). A decline in night vision and visual sharpness.

4. Bones: gradually lose some of the mineral contents in bones.

5. Metabolism and Body Composition: metabolism slows. Hormone changes result in more body fat and less muscle mass.

6. Brain and Nervous System: starting in the 30’s, the brain’s weight, size of the nerve network and its blood flow decrease.

7. Heart: naturally become less efficient and our heart has to work harder than it did in the past. A Gradual decline in energy or endurance will be noticed.

8. Sexual function: lower levels of hormones, starting in 50’s year old.

Eye skin area wrinkles - leek for anti aging

Picture 2. Wrinkles on eye skin area ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

To delay or even reverse these signs, people do efforts as much as they can. Various researches had been done to overcome the problems and symptoms caused by aging. One of good food to help combat aging symptoms is the leek, a sister plant to onion and garlic that offers wide benefits for human health.

What Are Leeks?

Leeks ( Allium porrum ) are part of the vegetable genus Allium, part of the Amaryllidaceae familyAll part of the leek are edible but they are utilized in different ways. 

Since leek is crunchy and has a more subtle and sweeter taste than onions, it is delicious! Add it to soup, salad or other foods to get the benefits of leek for anti-aging.

Leeks Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition in Leek - leek for anti aging

Picture 3. Nutrition Facts of Leek

So, what are the benefits of leek? The benefits of the leek are not only as a perfume and flavoring of cuisine but also as a powerful vegetable in providing benefits for the body health. Leek’s leaves contain some healthy nutrients, such as inulin, allicin, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, protein, fat, folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, calories, carbohydrates, kaempferol, polyphenols, and many other contents. No wonder this leaf becomes one of the natural healthy herb leaves.

The Benefits Of  Leek For Anti Aging:

1. Great source of anti-aging nutrient

We can LIVE YOUNGER with leek because it contains:

KaempferolThis flavonoid has been repeatedly shown to help protect blood vessel linings from damage.

PolyphenolsA type of antioxidant that helps fight cancer cells, reduces inflammation, promotes normal blood pressure, protects skin from ultraviolet radiation, and fight free radicals that age skin. The total polyphenol content in leek is greater than the one in carrots, cherry tomatoes, and red bell pepper.

FolateThis essential B vitamin is present in leek in one of its bioactive forms: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate or 5MTHF. Leek is a green vegetable that has the richest source of folate. Low folate intake can cause devastating effects on health, such as birth defects, cancer, and blood diseases.

Research that reveals the benefits of the leek for anti-aging also mentions that DNA damage can be prevented by vitamin C contained in the intake of the leek.

2. Good for nervous systems. 

Leek provides a high amount of vitamin B6 ( pyridoxine ). Pyridoxine is vital for the health of both the nervous and immune system.

Brain - leek for anti aging

Picture 4. The Human brain ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

3. Aphrodisiac 

Leeks, and also onions, garlic, and celery, have been known for their aphrodisiac effects for years. To see the difference, make a juice with leeks and celery.

Aphrosidiac Effect - leek for anti aging

Picture 5. Effect of Aphrosidiac ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

4. Reduces the total blood pressure and the risk of stroke 

Allicin is 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.

5. Protects us from cancer 

Leeks have the ability to protect our body against different kinds of cancer, particularly the stomach, prostate, and colon cancer. There are more than one element in leek that is responsible for the ability to prevent cancer. The elements are :

InulinIn one study published in Genetics and Molecular Research, inulin was tested for its antimutagenic properties – meaning its ability to protect DNA from damage that causes mutations. It is often considered that mutations from damaged DNA are the reason many cancers form.

AllicinAn organosulfur compound that produces sulfenic acid as it digests. Sulfenic acid neutralizes the spread of free radicals in our body faster than any other nutrient.

KaempferolA flavonol which has functioned as an antioxidant, and also relieves oxidative stress in the blood.

6. Protects us from heart disease

Properties of the leek are also able to nourish the heart. Leek contains sulfur that prevents the onset of heart disease. Consuming the leek leaves every day will provide good benefits for our hearts. In addition, our hearts will be stronger in expelling the disease.

Several studies have shown that a member of the Allium family, including leeks, have a slight blood pressure lowering effect and may help prevent heart diseases like arteriosclerosis, stroke and cardiac failure. Folate in leek reduces chances of homocysteine concentration in the blood which can cause various heart ailments.

Heart - lee for anti aging

Picture 6. Human Heart ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

7. Maintains body endurance

A 100 gram serving of leeks contains 61 calories with no cholesterol. A large portion of the calorie content of leeks is carbohydrates, the most important energy source as they turned into glucose. Carbohydrates are the most abundant macronutrients in leeks. A medium-sized leek provides about 10-12 gms of carbohydrates, 3 gms out of these are sugars and the rest is complex slow-digesting carbohydrate.

Get leek recipe for body endurance here. 

Woman Running Endurance - Leek For Anti Aging

Picture 7. Woman Running Endurance ( credit to Pixabay

8. Improves vision

Benefits of leek for anti-aging, especially for eye health, is obtained from its vitamin A ( 55 % RDA ), lutein and zeaxanthin content. They protect our eye tissues from the harmful oxidation of DNA and cell membranes. The consumption of leeks in adequate amounts protects our eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Leek’s natural leaf will help nourish the eyes and keep our eyesight clear and sharp.

Vision - leek for anti aging

Picture 8. Woman’s Vision ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

9. Keeps our bones healthy

Calcium is one of the nutrients needed by our bones to stay strong and prevent porously. Leeks are a rich source of calcium and also magnesium. The calcium along with magnesium is essential for bone health, helping to convert vitamin D into its active form in the body and strengthen the bones.

10. Prevents anemia

Properties of the leek are very good to prevent anemia disease. The leaf has a natural iron content to help the body in multiplying the production of red blood cells. It is also rich in vitamin C, which can help for better absorption of iron in the body.

Common symptoms of anemia are:

  • Easy fatigue and loss of energy
  • Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
  • Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Leg cramps
  • Insomnia
Properties of the leek are very good to prevent anemia disease. Leek for anti aging

Picture 9. Difficulty Concentrating (Pixabay)

11. Helps lower cholesterol

Too much cholesterol in our body will be bad, for example, the incidence of complications. To lower cholesterol, consume leeks regularly. A regular intake of leeks has been associated with the decrease in bad ( LDL ) cholesterol and raise in the level of good ( HDL ) cholesterol.

12. Smoothens digestion

Some healthy nutritious compounds in green leeks will make our digestion smoother. The leaves will help digestion in processing food scraps to be easily removed from the body. Leek contains probiotics, a type of good bacteria, which is necessary for a better nutrient absorption. It eliminates noxious waste matter in the body, stimulates peristaltic action and secretes digestive fluids, thereby improving digestive function. Leek provides fiber (1.8 g of fiber for every 100 g serving) needed for healthy digestion.

Image of Stomach - leek for anti aging

Picture 10. Stomach Image ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

13. As a deworming medicine

Deworming can be treated with leek since this large onion leaf will kill and repel worms that enter into the body without side effects.

14. Prevents diabetes

The use of leek in preventing disease also includes preventing diabetes. This leaf contains many good natural benefits to prevent the rise in blood sugar levels.

15. Nourishes and brightens our skins

Leek is a good source of vitamin C and A along with several antioxidants. So the vegetable is great for our skin. It cleanses our body, making our skin look radiant.

The green leaves contain 100 times more beta-carotene and twice as much vitamin C as in the white parts. The combination of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as other powerful antioxidants in leeks, protects our skin against damage by free radicals and ultraviolet rays of the sun.

16. Good for hair health

Leek is an important source of iron which helps the hair follicles to grow. Furthermore, it is rich in vitamin C that promotes the absorption of iron by the body. Deficiency of iron can cause anemia which is one of the causes of hair loss.

Woman's Health Hair - leek for anti aging

Picture 11. Health Hair ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

17. Fights infection 

Leek also acts as an antiseptic agent, which helps the body fight infection. We may apply leek extract on a wound to prevent infection.

18. Builds strong immunity 

Leek contains vitamin A and C needed for strong immunity. Efficacy of the leek is powerful to keep our immune system. Therefore, our body’s immune system will be strengthened so it can keep us from infectious diseases and virus or bacteria attacks.

19. Promotes weight loss

Leeks are natural appetite suppressants. They provide a feeling of fullness due to their high fiber content that suppresses our hunger.

20. Balsamic action 

Balsamic (adj): Having the health-giving properties of balsam, soothing, restorative (The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language, 4th Edition). Leek juice has a balsamic action on the respiratory tract due to the presence of volatile oils. Thus, it can relieve the symptoms associated with flu, cold, and hay fever.

Leek juice has a balsamic action on the respiratory tract due to the presence of volatile oils. Thus, it can relieve the symptoms associated with flu, cold, and hay fever. - leek for anti aging

Picture 12. Woman Suffer from Influenza ( Picture credit to Pixabay )

Another good news is leek tastes delicious. I love eating raw leek and I used to add raw leeks to my daily meals after I know how great it’s nutrition contents for my health. Try adding leek to your food and get many benefits of leek for anti-aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Replies to “Leek For Anti Aging”

  1. Wow Melani, this is very informative! The of aging scares me and I can definitely relate to some of the signs of aging.

    I spend a lot of time working on my online business, so maybe I should change up my work schedule and try adding leek to my diet.

    To tell you the truth, I’m not a fan of leeks, but I’m less of a fan for aging haha.

    Cheers,
    Eric

    1. You are still far from aging, Eric, ha ha. I am chuckling because of your comment. Leek is a versatile vegetable and a mild alternative to onions. Leeks add so much flavor to dishes.

  2. MMm I love leeks, and always forget to eat them. I read somewhere about a fast that French women use where they make a really oily leek soup and eat nothing but that for a few days, supposed to be a good way to get rid of a few pounds. But I had no idea they had so much nutritional value, I know what I’m buying next time at the grocery store!

  3. Hail to the Leek! I will definitely be adding this to more recipes. Does it make any difference how it is eaten: cooked vs raw? I have cooked with it before, but I have not used it raw. Could I put it in salads? When cooked does it loose any of the benefits mentioned above?

    1. Yes, you can put it in salad. Honestly, you have gave me a great idea how to eat leek. Must be different between eat raw and cook it. I use color indicator to look the nutrient in it. As long as we can keep the colour, I think it is still give us the benefits. Thank you for the comment.

  4. Wow! I did not know how amazing the humble leek was. I usually just cook it in my potato and leek soup (which everyone just loooves). I didn’t know that I was really giving my dinner guests an anti-aging superfood as well.
    I will have a lot more respect for this humble vegetable from now on. Thank you for writing such a great article.

    1. Ha ha … I love your words choice, “humble leek’, “more respect”. You use personification style to respect the humble leek. It is very inspiring. Thank you for your comment and appreciation. What is your website link ? Have you add it on your profile ?  It seem that I will enjoy your writing because the uniqueness of your words choice.

  5. I actually bought leeks for the first time for a recipe but never ended up using them… I had no idea they were SO good for you. As a woman approaching 40 (ok, i’m only 31) I’d like to be ahead of the curve. Think i’ll pick up some leeks from the store tomorrow.

    1. Yes,  leek is very good for our health.  We can even eat it raw because it is delicious in my opinion and have it’s own sensation taste. Thank you for the comment. 

  6. This is wonderful info. I had no idea there were so many benefits to leeks. If you cook them, do they lose some of the benefits? If eating them raw, should I just chop them and put them on a salad? Thanks for the great info!!

    1. Logically the best way is by eating it raw, but if it can be done we can cook it in a short time and not too hot to keep the colour of leek, the indicator of the nutrition content. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Wow, I never thought leeks were that good for you, thanks for your article. I don’t mind leeks however I do find them a little hard to eat raw. Being a big vegetable eater I will try a lot harder to add leeks into my diet. Do you have any favourite recipes that you use? I do have one that I use in winter and its a chicken and leek soup from scratch. Thanks again.
    Joanne

  8. Your post is quite fascinating, Melani! It just proves, once again, that some of the best cures can be found right in the ground.

    The second I saw the picture, I thought of scallions. Are leeks and scallions the same? If not, what are the differences in the benefits they can provide? Also, what amount needs to be consumed on a daily basis in order to receive the benefits listed?

    Thanks for sharing this info, Melani.

    1. Wow,  thank you for the question about scallion and I will research it again. I add the nutrition facts of leek table in the post with number of % RDA.  So we can know the amount needs to be consumed by dividing 100 ( % ) with the % RDA in the table. For example we will focus in vitamin A content to get the benefit for eyes, so we should 100 ( % ) by 55 ( % ) and get around 2 as the answer. So we should eat 2 x 100 gr leek each day to get 100 % RDA of vitamin A because the table is based on 100 gr serving of leek.  Thank you for your challenging question and comment. 

  9. I definitely prefer the natural treatments to chemical treatments, especially when it involves any type of fruits and vegetables. I never realized how many benefits leeks offer the human body!

    As I’m now over 40, I feel and see my body aging more than I’d care to admit. I love being able to find foods that provide healthy benefits. Leeks will be a great addition to my diet. Thank you for sharing such valuable information!

    1. Ha ha ha, it is the facts to be faced that our body aging. I want to be forever young so that I search how to reach it,  lol.  Thank you for the comment.

  10. Wow, I never knew that leeks had all these benefits! And it’s even more embarrassing I didn’t as I don’t live too far from Wales and it’s their national vegetable 😉

    I have to confess I have never tried it raw but am willing to give it a go!

    Thanks for a very informative and well-researched article.

    Louise

    1. Wow,  I just knew from you that leek is Wales national vegetable.  Thank you for the info and your appreciation. 

  11. A natural remedy always grabs my attention. Am a great believer in doing things the natural way. The way our early ancestors did things is a source of inspiration. They didn’t have pharmacies and hospitals to rush off to. They were active and had good bodies. And now we have all this valuable information you have given us on the Leek. Thank you Melani. Tell me something, do you eat it raw or should you prepare it in some special way ?

    1. I agree with you that the natural ways often the best way. I eat it both bite it raw while eating rice and add cut of leek in soup around five minutes before the soup done. We can add cut of leek in sauce or ketchup too.  Raw leek is delicious in my opinion. Thank you for adding the comment.

  12. Hi Melanie!

    I usually consume leek in winter. My wife makes a nice soup with those and other vegetables.

    But what I didn’t know is that they had so many benefits for the body.

    I think I’m going to start eating more leek on a daily basis, they can do so much good to your body!

    Thanks for sharing this amazing discovery 😉

  13. Sounds like leeks benefit us in many different ways.

    I don’t eat leeks. It’s just not a vegetable I normally think of. However, now that I’m more familiar with this vegetable, I’ll start eating it. Will be looking for recipes that use leek.

    I wonder if leek is used in other ways besides food, like cosmetics maybe?

    1. It can be used for antiseptic.  Raw leek is delicious. But if you don’t like it,  just add it to soup I think.  Thank you for the comment. 

  14. Isn’t it incredible the natural remedies that are out there? The human body was MEANT for this, not all the synthetic drugs out there with countless side effects. Great info on leeks. I had no idea they had such benefits 🙂 Thank you!

    1. You are right,Eric. Let the foods to be our drug, it’s delicious and have many benefits not synthetic drugs with it’s side effects. Healthy is the real and first wealthy. Thanks for the comment.

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