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Numerous Benefits of Lemon

Updated on November 18, 2017
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Lakshmi Menon is a published author . Writes both fiction and non-fiction. Also interested in writing health and travel articles.

What is Lemon?

Lemon is an oval type fruit said to be originated from India. Let us have a look at the health benefits of lemons. A ripe lemon is yellow in color and a raw one is green in color. This wonder fruit is widely grown in many countries like India, Burma, China, Italy, Iraq, Persia, Egypt, America etc. In America, the Italian Navigator Christopher Columbus planted the first lemon trees in the year 1493. Lemon is a citrus fruit belonging to Rutaceae family.

Lemon trees are grown about six to eight meters in height and their leaves are long and green in color. Flowers of lemon tree are white in color, and the fruits take about seven months to ripen.


Lemon contents

Lemon is anti-aging agent, antibacterial agent,

Lemon is widely used in cooking throughout the world. Lemon juice contains 5 to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. It has magical and wonderful healing powers.

Citric Acid - 5g

Vitamin C - 53 mg

Protein - 1.1 g

Fat - 0.3 g

Energy - 30 kcal

Lemon also contains Vitamins A, B and G, iron and calcium. potassium, phosphorus, magnesium.

14 Health Benefits of Lemons

This small and humble fruit has innumerable health benefits. Its acidic element is a natural cure for a number of body ailments.

  • Lemon is helpful in curing scurvy.
  • Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
  • Lemon juice with a pinch of salt every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down weight.
  • Lemon juice is given to prevent common cold.
  • Lemon juice is helpful to prevent and treat urinary tract infection and gonorrhoea.
  • Lemon juice relieves colon pain and gastric problems.
  • Lemon juice is also helpful to clear the digestive system.
  • Lemon juice helps in detoxification and protects liver against fatty liver.
  • Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhoea.
  • Lemon juice is used as a mouthwash, which removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.
  • For throat infection, gangling lemon juice is helpful.
  • Lemon juice can remove dandruff.
  • For asthma, a tablespoon of thick lemon syrup taken daily is helpful.
  • For constipation, lemon juice can be used in warm water early in the morning.

Cosmetic Uses of Lemon

Apart from the many health benefits of lemons, there are other uses also.

Lemon juice contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) that help to exfoliate dead cells from skin thus giving it a rejuvenated fresh look.

  • Lemon juice is helpful to increase the glow to the skin.
  • Lemon juice is great for removing fruit or berry stains on your hands.
  • To remove acene, applying lemon juice is used.
  • Rubbing sliced lemon everyday would help you with a much stronger and sturdier nails.
  • Lemon is also used for removing blackheads.
  • Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.
  • Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you young.
  • Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin.
  • The acidic nature of lemon juice lightens the hairs and causes the cuticles to tighten, creating shine.
  • To get rid of your bad breath, gargle with lemon juice or just swirl it in your mouth for some time.
  • Rinsing your hair with lemon juice, helps to shine your hair.

Household Uses of Lemon

  • Stain removal - Dry lemon skin is used for removing the stains from coffee/tea cups.
  • Removes unpleasant odour - Dry lemon skin is used for removing the unpleasant odour from the bowls, knives, chopping board etc.
  • Cleansing toilet - By rubbing lemon skins on the yellow spots of the toilet sinks removes the stain and make it clean.
  • Cleaning the tiles - After applying some salt on the tiles, clean it with rubbing the lemon skin makes it clean.
  • Refresh the refrigerator - Keeping a cut lemon inside the fridge removes the odour and refreshes the refrigerator.
  • Sprinkling few drops of lemon juice on the apple pieces, prevents discoloring.
  • Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to rice while cooking, prevents rice from sticking.

For Cooking

  • Lemon juice is used for marinating seafood or meat. It helps to kill the bacteria and other organisms present in them, and thus prevents gastro intestinal tract infections.
  • Lemon juice is used in salads and ice tea.
  • Lemon slices and lemon rind are used a garnish for both food and drinks.
  • Lemon is used for pickling. Lemon pickle is a tasty food item.
  • Lemon is used for squash.
  • In many bakery products, lemonade is used, for flavoring.
  • Lemon juice is used for drinking purpose with a pinch of salt or sugar, which is a healthy drink.

Side effects of Lemon

Though lemon is useful in so many ways it should not be used in excess.

Lemon juice should not be taken in concentrated form. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemonĀ­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth and health.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.


Health Benefits of Lemons


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      Steve Wright 5 years ago from Norwich, England

      great hub and very informative, I am a big fan of all things lemon, the flavor is just fantastic!

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      lex123 6 years ago

      Thanks Fay Paxton for reading the hub and leaving an encouraging comment. Many times we use lemon without knowing its wonderful benefits and uses.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Thanks for this informative , well-written article. I never knew lemons had so many benefits and uses.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      I'm glad Sandhya you found this hub useful.

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      sandhya 7 years ago

      I never knew the simple lemon comes with so many health benefits! I'm going to use it regularly now. Thanks a lot!!

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thanks hudlife for visiting this hub and offering your comments. It is really amazing to know so many health benefits for this simple fruit. Hope it will help many.

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      hudlife 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! Who knew lemons could have so many health benefits! Also, thanks for the brief history lesson!

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thanks DeBorrah for your visit and for the valuable comment.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lex123 Nice informative hub! Great healthy suggestions for the many benefits of using lemons! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you cupid51 for stopping by and commenting the hub. There are more benefits for lemon than I mentioned here. I will be adding them at a later date.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you Money Glitch for the visit and the wonderful comment. I appreciate your support by bookmarking the hub and rating it up!:)

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Wonderful information about lemon! Although we use lemon regularly in tea, making food etc., we never knew that it has so many benefits! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow, the lemonade looks delicious and at the right concentration that I like. Lemons are simply wonderful with so many great uses. Thanks for sharing a lot of those uses here. Bookmarking the hub and rating up! :)

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you SocialNiche for stopping by. I'm glad to know that you use lemons with everything.

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      SocialNiche 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing those ideas... I love lemons and use them with everything!

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      lex123 7 years ago

      stars439, I'm glad to know you enjoyed the hub.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Fantastic hub. Enjoyed every bit of it. God Bless You.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you avulpes for your visit and I'm glad this hub is useful to you.

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Very informative and useful. Thanks for the tips on the benefits of lemons :-)