The allium family of foods includes garlic, onions, leeks and chives, and they all contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, the liver’s most potent antioxidant! Definitely include as much of the allium family in your diet as you can, each and every week.
GARLIC: Lowers total cholesterol, raises HDL “good” cholesterol, lowers your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of blood clots (which are responsible for most strokes and heart attacks), destroys infection-causing viruses and bacteria, and creates more “natural killer” cells in the blood to fight tumors and infections.
ONIONS: Inhibit the growth of cancer cells, increase HDL cholesterol, help prevent colds, stimulate the immune system, fight inflammation, reduce diabetes risk, contain antibacterial and antifungal properties, contain sulphur and quercetin (which help neutralize the free radicals in the body).
LEEKS: Have ALL of the above properties, plus: Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, Iron and Fiber.
Now for an amazing RAWGANIC CREAMY LEEK SOUP!
1 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
2 celery stalks, cut in pieces
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. mild white miso
1 whole leek “bunch” cleaned thoroughly, cut and discard top inch of leek stalk, and fuzzy bottom part
1 tsp Himalayan salt
Handful of fresh cilantro
2 cups water (may need slightly more)
Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!