The Nurses’ Health Study has shown that the flavonoid kaempferol in leeks is able to reduce a woman’s chance of contracting ovarian cancer by 40 percent.
Any type of cancer looking to cause trouble knows better than to mess with the allium family. Their kin include some serous gun-slinging antioxidants like onion, garlic and leek. Don’t let leek’s sweeter disposition fool you; even though it’s less dense then garlic and onion, the long cylinder stem and leaves contain the same anti-cancer punch as its stronger-tasting brothers.
Leeks have been cultivated in Central Asia and Europe for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans prized leeks for their beneficial effects upon the throat. Even though Aristotle and the Roman emperor Nero shared little when it came to philosophical ideology, they both believed that the lowly leek could impart a stronger voice to man and beast. And if that isn’t enough, Wales has christened the leek as its national emblem.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Leek Juice
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Protect from Ovarian Cancer
Protection From colon Cancer
Protects Against Prostate Cancer
Leek Juice Nutrition
Leeks are an excellent source of manganese, vitamin A, C and K, and a good source of magnesium, iron, folate, vitamin B6 and fiber when eaten.
Leek Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Vitamin K
Leek Juice is a good source of:
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Vitamin B6
- Folate Acid
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Leek Juice
History has shown us that what our ancestors lacked in science, they were able to make up with years of empirical experimentation. Long before test tubes and microscopes, peoples all over the world were using plants such as the leek as medicine for illness, and to protect and improve human health. The Nurses’ Health Study has shown that the flavonoid kaempferol in leeks is able to reduce a woman’s chance of contracting ovarian cancer by 40 percent. Leeks also contain the powerful quercetin, which is known to inhibit the spread of cancer, especially colon and prostate cancer. And as with onions and garlic, leeks are also beneficial in helping to lower cholesterol and boost the immune system.
Preparing for Juicing
Leeks are a perfect shape for juicing. Simply rinse off and juice stem and green leaves.
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Leek Juice Tips
Leeks have much of the same phytochemical magic as garlic and onions, but with a milder taste.
Picking Perfect Produce
Look for dark green leaves and a solid white neck. Avoid signs of yellowing. Smaller leeks will be less fibrous and contain greater juice.
Storing Your Produce
Leeks will keep one to two weeks in the crisper.
Leeks are a great way to zip up your favorite veggie juice combination.