Sometimes I like to mix West with East. I love my greens and here is my very own “Stir-Fry Leeks with Oyster Sauce”.
Stir-fry and oyster sauce reminds me of the Far East, home and family. I had this with simple plain steam jasmine rice.
Why I love leeks so much you may ask?…
- Anti-cancer properties – Leeks are a good source of allyl sulfides which have been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, particularly stomach, prostate, and colon cancer.
- Protect against heart disease – Several studies have shown that members 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.
- Fight infections – Leeks also act as an antiseptic agent, which help the body fight against infection. You may apply leek extract on a wound to prevent the infection.
- Improve digestive health – Leek is one of the few foods that contain prebiotics, 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.
- Maintain healthy cholesterol levels – A regular intake of leeks has been associated with the decrease in bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise in the level of good (HDL) cholesterol.
- Good for pregnant women
Leek is very essential for pregnant women as they contain considerable amount of folate. The folate consumption during pregnancy has been shown to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
- Strengthen bones – Leeks are a rich source of calcium and magnesium. The calcium along with magnesium is essential for bone health, helping to convert vitamin D into its active form in the body and thus strengthen the bones.
- Prevent Anemia – Due to its iron content, leeks can also help in preventing various types of anemia, particularly iron-deficiency anemia. It is also rich in Vitamin C, which can help in better absorption of iron in the body.
- Leeks are available all year long, and peak in the fall and winter. When buying leeks, look for those with fresh, bright green leaves, and avoid any with blemishes, wilting or yellowing leaves. Choose smaller leeks as they tend to be more tender. (ref: ehealthzine.com)
Do you like leeks? What do you usually have leeks with?
Do share – I love to hear all about it.
*This post is an entry to #lovemyleeks competition.
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