Losing weight is key to reducing arthritic pain by reducing the load on the joints and inflammation. Another step is a diet rich in prebiotics, found in onions, garlic and especially leeks which are converted by the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut into anti-inflammatory chemicals.
Studies with animals have shown that prebiotics can even prevent arthritis and human studies are under way.
Leeks are also wonderful for your skin. They contain quercetin and other potent anti-inflammatory substances such as vitamin k, omega- 3, carotenes (which convert to vitamin A), calcium, folate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and manganese, which adds up to the perfect package to keep skin, eyes and blood healthy.