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16 Health Benefits of Lemons


The Alkalizing Powerfood

Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact  they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods; this makes them great for  balancing a highly acidic condition in the body.

Lemons are a favorite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens  everywhere.

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial  flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” –Alfred E. Newman

16 Health Benefits of  Lemons:

1. Lemons are alkalizing for the body:  Lemons are acidic to  begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore  balance to the body’s pH.

2. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work  against infections like the flu and colds.

3. Your liver loves lemons: “The lemon is a wonderful  stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons,  liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh  lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver  detoxifier.

4. Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the  bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping  with regularity.  Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing  in the morning.

5. Scurvy is treated by giving one to two ounces of lemon  juice diluted with water every two to four hours. In 1747, a naval surgeon named  James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy  requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor could have one ounce  of juice a day. In the past, lemons were replaced with limes; this is where the  English got their nickname “limeys.” Watch this video: “Scurvy Pirates and the Lemon of Love

6. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones,  calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

7. Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals  linked to aging and most types of disease.

8. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has  been proven to be effective for brain disorders like  Parkinson’s disease.

9. In India, Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit  and for its properties. It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire,  light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.

10. It destroys intestinal worms.

11. When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty  in breathing (such as when mountain climbing) lemons are very helpful.  The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, said that his  success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.

12. Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties;  experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria,  cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

13. Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P in lemon  thus prevents internal hemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood  pressure.

14. The symptoms of eye disorders,  including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the  rutin, found in lemons.

15. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including  naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer  tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer  cells.

16. According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory  (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (its electron has a negative charge).  All other foods are cationic  (the outer electron has positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to  health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately  provides all cell energy.

History, Trivia and Interesting Lemon Facts:

  • Fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips during the  European Renaissance.
  • The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia (as well as the fruit  that grows on the tree).
  • The lemon is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley (a Bronze Age  civilization in South Asia) because of a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC found  by archaeologists in the area.
  • Lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as  the first century AD.
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. One tree can produce between 500  and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
  • Once upon a time lemons were presented as gifts to kings because they were  so rare.
  • California and Arizona produce 95 percent of the entire U.S. lemon  crop.

Lemon Nutrition:

  • Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins,  calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
  • Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart.
See the table below for in  depth analysis of   nutrients: 

Lemon (Citrus limon), fresh, without peel Nutrition Value per 100 g (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 29 Kcal 1.5%
Carbohydrates 9.32 g 7%
Protein 1.10 g 2%
Total Fat 0.30 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.80 g 7%
Folates 11 µg 3%
Niacin 0.100 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.190 mg 4%
Pyridoxine 0.080 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 1.5%
Thiamin 0.040 mg 3.5%
Vitamin C 53 mg 88%
Vitamin A 22 IU 1%
Vitamin E 0.15 mg 1%
Vitamin K 0 µg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 138 mg 3%
Calcium 26 mg 3%
Copper 37 µg 4%
Iron 0.60 mg 7.5%
Magnesium 8 mg 2%
Manganese 0.030 mg 1%
Zinc 0.06 mg 0.5%
Carotene-߸ 3 µg
Carotene-a 1 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 20 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 11 µg

How to pick a good lemon:

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar, thus  thick-skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less  sweetness and fewer minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely-grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow; the ones with green tinges have not fully  ripened and will be very acidic.
  • Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will  not be a vibrant yellow.
  • Lemons stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about seven  to 10 days; or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five  weeks.

How to use lemons:

  • “When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of  distilled water and drink twice daily.” –Jethro Kloss in his book Back to  Eden
  • A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and color to a room for days.
  • Alkalize with lemon water.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed  vegetables, soups and stews.
  • Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the  amount of juice.
  • Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon  juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the  freezer.
  • Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight  glass container.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies and in  vegetables.
  • Finally…try a Lemon Facial Cleanser …as recommended by Dr. Oz.

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice and let the world wonder how  you did it.”  –Tori Truax

Lemon Cautions:

  • Pure lemon juice contains acid which is harmful to tooth enamel. Always  dilute with water before drinking it.
  • Lemons that are not washed properly, like the ones you get in restaurants,  may include potentially pathogenic microbes.

Delicious Lemon Recipes

By Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for  helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After  testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system  she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent  book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy  Living Network and Healthy  Cooking. She is the head chef at Real  Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food  for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook  or  Twitter (@DancinginLife).


Comments on: "16 Health Benefits of Lemons" (1)

  1. My son is a lemon lover and I always worried that too many lemons would eat up the enamel on teeth. I can see now however that I can give him his beloved lemon juice in a variety of ways. Thank you for all the info. I am passing this on to my parents. They both have high blood pressure.

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