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Leek, Allium porrum / Liliaceae (Alliaceae)
Benefits for the health
Leeks supply few nutrients to the organism and they are low in calories. However, they provide minerals and vitamins and they contain an essential oil that favours digestion and removes the fungi and bacteria of the stomach and the intestine. Besides, it is good to treat bronchial colds.

The leek energetic value is very low, since it contains mainly water and carbohydrates. It has small amounts of proteins and few lipids, reason why it is suitable for slimming diets.

They are rich in fibre, so it is a satiating food with laxative properties. The leek has an essential oil that eases the digestive process and stimulates appetite.

The leek oil contains allicin, a sulphurous substance supplying flavour and aroma to the vegetable, with important preventive and healing properties to clean the stomach and the intestine of bacteria and fungi.

This species is rich in folic acid, which is necessary for the tissues growth and the formation of white corpuscles. It also supplies potassium, iron and vitamins C and B6, apart from magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. Iron is necessary to produce red corpuscles and magnesium is good for the nerves.
Popular tradition
The leek is a very old vegetable that provides multiple medicinal benefits. It is used for its diuretic and antiseptic effect and it is suitable to treat various kidney ailments, as well as arthritis or rheumatism disorders.

It has a laxative effect, with diuretic and antiseptic benefits to treat arthritis and rheumatism. It is also recommended to people suffering from colic, gall stones, urine retention, kidney failure and even arteriosclerosis.

It is used as vermifuge, by mixing the roots with milk. For kidney disorders they are macerated in white wine. Leek broth is a very old remedy to relieve rheumatic pains.

In external use, it is used to treat boils, urine retention and cystitis, insect bites, sores and face eruptions.
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