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Lemon Juice: The Secret to a Healthier Lifestyle

Updated on January 12, 2013

The Lemon Magic

Lemon juice has earned its reputation in long years of serving people and helping them with cold and flu. But that is not all that lemons and lemon juice can do. This lens will remind you of the reasons for lemon juice's fame when it comes to health. The list of lemon juice health benefits is very long. This lens will also give you some facts about and recipes for this juice and reasons why we should include it in our diet.

So, stick around guys and enjoy this lens!

A refreshing glass of lemonade for the summer
A refreshing glass of lemonade for the summer

How to make a perfect lemon drink for hot summers.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30

Total Time: 30

Serves: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups of white sugar
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Prepare a small saucepan and put over medium high heat; pour in 1 cup of water and stir the sugar with it. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the all the sugar crystals.
  2. Cool at room temperature for a couple of minutes until lukewarm, then cover in a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate to chill.
  3. While chilling the mixture of water and sugar in the refrigerator, remove the seeds from the lemons and juice them. Prepare a family-size pitcher, pour in the chilled syrup, lemon juice with pulp and the remaining 7 cups of water.
  4. For the final touch, drop a lot of ice cubes to chill it even more, you can put it in the refrigerator if you prefer. Serve in individual glasses and garnish with a thin slice of lemon.
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Improve Health with Lemon Juice

Limonins in Lemons Protect us Against Cancer

Limonins are present in the same amount as vitamin C in lemons. These compounds are said to be very persistent and has a long bioavailability in the bloodsteam. Scientists found that limonins are effective anti-carcinogens that may inhibit growth of cancerous cells. In studies involving animal and human cells, limonins exhibit impressive cancer-fighting mechanisms against cancers of the skin, mouth, breast, lung and colon. Unlike other anti carcinogens, limonins stay longer in the bloodstream which allows us to absorb and utilize more of them for our benefit. So a glass of lemon juice or lemon water everyday gives us a dose of a potent anti cancer drink.

Lemon's Strong Antioxidant Capacity

Aside from vitamin C, which we all know as a strong antioxidant vitamin found abundantly in lemons, flavonoid compounds are another feature of lemons when it comes to antioxidants. Flavonoids like flavonol glycosides have unique antioxidant and anticancer properties that your body can rely on when it comes to combating free radicals and oxidative damage. Wholly, lemons with their high vitamin C and antioxidant flavonoids, can help protect us against inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis.

Lemon Remedies

*For asthma, drink a tablespoon of lemon one hour before eating.

*For sore throat, gargle diluted lemon juice.

*To treat scurvy, give 2 ounces of lemon juice diluted in water every 4 hours.

*For liver problems, lemon juice in a glass of hot water an hour before breakfast.

*To relieve heartburns, a teaspoon on lemon juice in half a glass of water.

*In cases of hemorrhage, drink diluted lemon juice taken as cold as possible.

*For excessive menstruation, drink the extract of 3-4 lemons a day.

The Lemon History

The legendary lemons is known all throughout the world for being an effective home remedy for various diseases, and by various I meant really extensive diseases, and its tangy lemonade goodness for a hot afternoon. But even before lemons were famous for its medicinal and thirst-quenching effects, it all began back in India, China, and north of Burma where lemons were first thought to grow. In fact, it grew wild in most countries in Asia, particularly in the countries mentioned.

Countries in South and Southeast Asia used lemons as a herbal medicine against bacterial infections and poisons thousands of years before. Travellers from Europe later found out about lemons in Asia and decided to cultivate it back in their home land in the 1st century AD. However, it weren't cultivated well enough and people in Europe were still oblivious to lemon's wonders back then. It was only during the 15th century that massive lemon cultivation began in Genoa, one of Europe's thriving countries. In 1493, Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds when he found the Americas and introduced it to their people. Since then, lemons became famous all throughout the world for its versatility and health benefits.

Lemon Ideas and Uses

Lemons are quite versatile when it comes to its uses. In fact, you can use it anyway you want, with food, beverage, medicine, treatments, or whatnot. Find out here:

-Beverage

-For coughs, colds, and flu

-Used as facial mask for acne

-Used for flavouring in baking and cooking

-Treatment for wounds and scars

-Insect repellent

-Used as vitamins (for vitamin C)

-Used as garnish for dishes

How to Make a Lemonade

Here are some videos that will help you make the best lemonade ever!

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