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Leek – Useful Properties, Application and Contraindications

One of the most useful and tasty plants of the onion's family is considered a leek. Currently, the leek remains the most popular product in the family of onion in the Mediterranean region, possessing a sweetish taste and a lack of sharp flavor. 

In this article, we will discuss the useful properties of such leek. Also, you will learn when and how to apply the product. 

Beneficial Properties of Leek

Many of us get used to apply the leek as an aromatic condiment, which is having an interesting and specific taste. However, few people know the tremendous benefits of leeks as a medicinal product. 

In this plant there are a lot of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Meanwhile, the leek contains a minimum of calories, making it truly a dietary product. The vitamins of group B, vitamins E and C and many minerals, such as the carotene, the magnesium and the potassium, the phosphorus, the fluorine and the ferrum make the leek extremely valuable. 

By the way, in 100g of this product contains only 1g protein, 2g dietary fibre and 3g sugar. The largest number in the leek − it is the carbohydrates as much as 13g. The energy value of the product is 50 Kcal per 10g, so the leek is safe to use during the diets, the posts, etc. It is an essential product for those who want to lose weight and also for the vegetarians. 

In the folk-medicine, the leek is most often used to treat the ailments and the digestive issues − it largely increases the appetite and the useful affects the elaboration of gastric juice. This product is included in the diet at the time of liver and gall deceases, and also prescribed as a diuretic remedy. 

The leek is useful in obesity – there are almost no calories in its composition, and it helps to stimulate the metabolic processes in our organism. In addition, the leek is useful at the depression, the beriberi and the physical exhaustion, and in the cardiovascular diseases, including the atherosclerosis. Also, this plant helps struggle with the cholesterol plaques formed on the walls of blood vessels. 

The product contains large amounts of ferrum, which is used in the official medicine for the manufacture of drugs and medicines to increase the hemoglobin. Ascorbic acid released from the leek, used to enhance the absorption of ferrum from the digestive organs into the blood. Therefore, the leek is so useful at the anemia. 

The magnesium and the phosphorus, and the folic acid are involved in the normalization of nerve function and nervous system as a whole. Because of this, the leek improves the functionality of brain, strengthens the memory, increases the attention and the concentration, promotes the rapid absorption of incoming external different information. 

The folic acid, part of the leek, will be useful for the pregnant women who wish to avoid the problems with abnormalities of fetal development. The onion is effective against the infections already in the body that can stop the inflammatory process, to cope with a gout, an arthritis and inflammations of urinary tract. The women, who have problems with the genitourinary organs and are prone to diseases such as cystitis, should be sure to use leeks. The active substances in the leek's composition, which passing through the urinary tract, destroy all the infections and the harmful bacteria, removing from the organism with the urine. 

This leek is also useful for the prevention of cancer. It is very effective and useful for the bowel cancer and the prostate cancer. The onion can improve the eyesight and relieve the eye infections. The essential oils from this product help the colds and the diseases of upper respiratory tract. During a strong cough, a sore throat, recommend just this leek. 

If a heavy cold will help is this: in each nostril instill three drops of leek's juice several times a day. It is also possible to moisten with the juice cotton balls and lay them in the nose for a few hours. You can also do so at the otitis. 

To restore the potency it is necessary daily to use the leek and the celery. Recommended grinding these products in the slurry with a blender, and then take three tablespoons three times a day. The course is of two-three months. 

There is an old and effective method for the rapid treatment of angina. For this you need to drink freshly squeezed leek's juice, or rinse your throat. Three days, and the disease will be retreated. 

For pneumonia, it is useful to inhale the vapors of leek. To do this, cut the onion finely and put it in a jar − the patient breathes in pairs from this jar. For each inhalation you should use a new batch of onions, you cannot store the used remedy − it will lose its beneficial properties. 

So, these are the simple, trivial, but the effective ways to use the leek, which are known for today. It should be noted that the product has almost no contraindications, and recommended to anyone who needs assistance from above-mentioned diseases.

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