Lemon and the Health Benefits it Provides
Lemons are a cross between a citron and a lime. The lemon originated in China or India, over 2,500 years ago. The Arabs brought the lemon to Spain and Northern Africa in the 11th century, and Columbus brought them to the Americas on his second voyage in 1493. This tart fruit has been grown in the Americas since the 1500’s.
A single lemon has half the amount of dietary allowance for vitamin C, because of that is was used to prevent scurvy in miners, sailors, and pioneers. This nice little fruit is a great way to get your daily allowance of vitamin C and calcium.
What is in the lemon?
Lemons are packed with vitamin C, calcium, potassium and other needed vitamins and minerals. It also contains citric acid, citric acid helps to reduce calcium excretion, and this helps to prevent kidney stones.
Lemon zest is a rich in a bioflavonoid called rutin. Rutin helps to strengthen the walls of veins, capillaries, reduces pain, and even the occurrence of varicose veins.
Health Benefits of Lemon
Great source of vitamin C
Prevents kidney stones
Limonins that support optimal health
May protect against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lemons contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer effects, they are also packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most important of the antioxidants and it travels through the body neutralizing free radicals. Also, lemons are great for helping to reduce swelling in the body and reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin C is great for the immune system; it helps to keep the immune system strong and healthy. This is significant in treating colds, flu, and recurrent ear infections. It also seems that vitamin C is helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
What are Limonins? This is a compound in citrus fruits including lemons and limes. This compound seems to be helpful in fighting mouth cancers, skin cancers, and lung, breast, colon and stomach cancers. Limonins are present in lemons in the same amount as vitamin C and are linked to other natural anti-carcinogens.
How can lemons help with Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Lemons seem to provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis; this is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that involves two or more joints. High consumption of vitamin C leads to a lower risk of development of arthritis.
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Lemons are used for a variety of things. They are used in cooking, and for health remedies such as making a cough syrup with honey or even for cleaning the house. Lemons are used for culinary purposes, in a variety of food and drink. It can be used to make lemonade, cocktails, and marinades. Lemon can be used to tenderize meats, and as a short term preservative.
When getting ready to cook, bake or broil fish cut up some lemons, peel and all, and put it under, around and on top of the fish and then cook.
Lemon can be used for medicinal purposes; lemon oil is used as aromatherapy, an antibacterial, and helps to boost the immune system.
How about using lemon as a cleaning agent? You can use lemons and lemon juice as a “green” cleaning agent. Take a half of a lemon dipped in salt or baking soda and use it to brighten copper cookware. The acid in the lemon will dissolve tarnish, and it will remove the stains from plastic food storage containers. The oil in lemon is used as a wood cleaner and polish.
Lemon oil and orange oil are a non toxic alternative to insect repellant.
More on Lemons
There are many uses for lemon juice; it is possible to rid yourself of acne with lemon juice. The citric acid in lemons is great to treat acne; the alkaline nature of lemon kills some types of bacteria that are known to cause acne. You simply apply to your face with your finger or a cotton ball and leave on overnight, wash your face in the morning.
Lemons and lemon juice may help to calm and remove fatigue from some. Inhaling lemon oil helps to increase concentration and alertness. If you are tense just sprinkle a little bit of lemon balm oil onto a handkerchief and inhale.