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Why Leeks are Good for You

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  • Like onions and garlic, leeks have sulfur-containing compounds such as allicin that fight dangerous free radicals in your body
  • Leeks contain kaempferol, a flavonol that may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease
  • Leeks contain notable quantities of antioxidants and vitamins A and K, along with healthy amounts of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium and thiamin
  • Leeks likely share many of the same health-supportive properties of garlic and onions, including benefits for your heart and anti-cancer and anti-diabetes properties

By Dr. Mercola

Leeks are allium vegetables that are closely related to onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions. With a milder flavor and larger size, they work well added to everything from salads to soups, where they add beneficial fiber and bulk along with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant polyphenols.


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