Can Leek help ovulation?
Leek has been used medicinally for many years due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. The edible parts of the leek are the white bulb, light green stalk, and the dark green leaf – which is often discarded. The dark green leaf part should always be eaten as it also has a high content of vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of fibre.
They are an excellent source of nutrients including Folate (vitamin B9), which is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Good levels of Folate are essential before and during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
But can Leek help ovulation? Yes, like Onions and Garlic, Leek is traditionally regarded as an aphrodisiac and is also good to support ovulation.
Key nutrients of Leek:
Vitamin A: Is necessary for the growth and repair of many body cells including bones, teeth, collagen, and cartilage. It’s also involved in cell differentiation where cells become specific types of cells such as a liver cell or a blood cell. This is vital for the development of your healthy baby. Supplementation does not offer balanced forms of Vitamin A.
Vitamin B1: Thiamin is involved in the production of energy through the breakdown of sugars and carbohydrates. This is important for cellular health, which may also influence the health and energy of sperm and egg cells. It’s also important for energy support during pregnancy.
Vitamin B2: Research shows that Riboflavin can act as an antioxidant, which helps to combat against harmful free radicals. Free radicals are known to negatively impact sperm and egg health, and so antioxidants are a vital part of the human diet.
Vitamin B3: Niacin as with most other B vitamins is involved in energy production within the mitochondria of your cells (the powerhouse of the cell). Pregnancy requires good levels of niacin, as does breastfeeding.
Vitamin B5: B5 is involved in the production of hormones, along with cholesterol, and so is vital for maintaining fertility health.
Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine is involved in breaking many types of chemical bonds and is a component of many enzymes – which are involved in breaking down foods and substances, and also regulating steroid hormones.
Vitamin B9: Folate is an important nutrient for general and fertility health. It’s involved in the creation of DNA as well as the building of proteins, and many other important functions including the healthy development of your baby’s’ spinal cord.
Vitamin C: For fertility health, Vitamin C is important in the process of absorption and also in its ability to support the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. This nutrient is really helpful in protecting sperm and egg cells from free radical damage, which can damage the DNA of the cell and may lead to morphology issues – in sperm and eggs.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries as it regulates normal blood clotting. Vitamin K can be particularly useful if you suffer from heavy and/or painful periods as it can help slow down the blood flow and reduce cramping.
Potassium: Is an electrolyte which counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain consistent blood pressure levels – another important element for pregnancy.
Iron: Is a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in strengthening the immune system and helps regulate body temperature.
Magnesium: Supports a healthy immune system as well as keeps bones strong. It is also great for stress, and combined with vitamin B6 can help induce sleep and alleviate symptoms of bloating and weight gain associated with PMS.
Manganese: is a naturally occurring mineral which aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones.
Selenium: is one component of antioxidant enzymes and is also used by the body to help support thyroid health, particularly the conversion of thyroid hormones from one to the other. This can help support your thyroid health, which is fundamental for fertility health and pregnancy.
CHINESE FERTILITY MEDICINE USES IT TO:
- Clear Stagnation
- Expel External Coldness
Clear Stagnation: stagnation is the accumulation or collection of the body’s Qi (energy), Fluids, or Blood in any part of the body. These 3 aspects of the body should always be flowing and circulating, but when something impedes their flow they stagnate and create specific symptoms. Here’s more info on the 3 types of stagnation:
- Qi stagnation is a common issue for many women. Women can identify it clearly in the menstrual cycle during either the pre-period or pre-ovulation phases.
Typical symptoms are: breast tenderness, temple headaches, bloating, changeable bowel movements (loose to constipation), mild pains around the ovaries, mood changes with irritability, anger or crying, general feelings of tension, a restricted feeling of the rib cage, increased sighing and PMS symptoms. Men can also experience issues with Qi stagnation that present with many of the same symptoms, but particularly tension and stress.
- Blood stagnation is another common issue for many women and is known to be involved in the following presentations:
Blood clotting disorders, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polyps, Hemorrhagic Cysts, PCOS, Blocked Fallopian Tubes, dark menstrual blood, clotted menstrual blood, painful menstruation (usually sharp, stabbing, fixed site pain) and thick consistency of menstrual blood. If men present with fertility issues and experience Blood stagnation they will usually have circulatory issues and particularly in the Testes. This usually presents with Varicocele or masses in the Testes or Prostate.
- Fluid stagnation is often involved with Qi and Blood stagnation and is seen by an accumulation of fluids in the body, such as with the presentation of ovarian or uterine cysts. If men experience Fluid Stagnation in the reproductive system it will usually cause some form of swelling or blockage.
Expel External Cold: If you catch a cold your body will typically respond with either symptoms of coldness or heat. Clearing the cold out of your body properly is vital for general health and fertility as pathogens can linger and cause ongoing health issues. Over time they can move deeper into the body and cause a variety of health and potential fertility imbalances. If you experience symptoms of coldness you can use this food to help expel the cold and treat against the cold that you have. Most colds enter through the nose or mouth and go into the respiratory system. When a food, such as this one, has an expelling quality then it will expel the cold by warming the Lung and respiratory system, and help it to eliminate the pathogen (virus). The garlic and onion family are particularly good for clearing cold from the Lungs. They should be consumed as soon as possible when you think you’ve been exposed to a virus. You can also use them if the illness is already present. Wet, cold and windy weather can also cause symptoms of coldness in your body and again this food can be used on days like this to gently warm your body.
Season available: Spring, but can be bought all year round.
How it’s typically cooked: either stir fry (towards the end of cooking), cook in soups, stews or broths, or steam until tender.
Cautions: Leeks can be irritating for people with stomach and intestinal issues and cancer.
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