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28 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon

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Lemon is a citrus fruit that grows on the evergreen tree of the same name and is native to Asia. Lemons are basically consumed in juice form and is used for both culinary and cleaning purpose. In addition to the juice, pulp, and zest of lemon is also used for cooking and baking. Lemons are a good source of a number of vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, dietary fibers etc. and provide a lot of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of lemon, but first take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of lemon.

Nutrition Chart of Lemon

Nutrition Chart of Lemon
Source-USDA

Health Benefits of Lemon

Health Benefits of Lemon
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(1)Provides Relief From Constipation And Indigestion

One of the most important health benefits of lemon is its ability to provide relief from stomach problems like indigestion and constipation. For this lemon juice can be used. If you are suffering from indigestion or struggling with constipation then you can add few drops of lemon in your dish ( except milk ). It aids not only in digestion but also acts as a wonderful blood purifier and cleaning agent. This blood purifying property  and the digestive benefits provided by lemon are are the reason behind people drinking lemon water or lime soda after lunch or dinner ( especially after heavy lunch).

In addition to this, lemon is also effective in providing relief from constipation. It is a good source of dietary fibers ( natural laxative ) which regulates our bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of waste/toxins out of the body. By providing relief from constipation, it also reduces the risk of many other health complications.

So, if you are suffering from digestive problems like constipation, indigestion, acidity etc. then it will be a good idea to include lemon juice or Lime soda in your routine.  Making lemon juice or lime soda is no rocket science and the basic ingredients that you’ll need are lemon, cold water, soda,salt ( rock salt or common salt), sugar or honey for sweetness, and a few mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor ( and of course for aroma )

(2) Provides Relief From Fever

Lemon or Lemon juice is also beneficial for the person suffering from cold,flu or fever. If you are suffering from fever then drinking a glass of lemon juice ( after consulting with your doctor ) is a good idea to deal with the fever. Lemon juice helps in lowering down fever level by increasing perspiration.

In addition to this, lemon is also a good source of vitamin C which makes our immune system stronger and when our immune system gets stronger, we are more capable of dealing with diseases causing microbes.

(3) Aids In Dental Care

Lemons are good for our oral health too. They are frequently used in dental care as they aid in providing relief from a toothache and also controls gum bleeding and bad odor associated with various gum diseases and conditions. For this, fresh lemon juice can be used. If you are suffering from a toothache or gum problems like gum bleeding etc. then simply massage the affected area with some fresh lemon juice. This will provide relief from a toothache and will help in controlling various gum diseases, gum bleeding etc.

Lemons can also be used for regular cleaning of our teeth and nowadays, there are many kinds of toothpaste available on  the market that contains lemon as one of the ingredients. You can try them, but if you are concerned about the quality and naturalness of the product, then you can enjoy oral health benefits of lemon by simply adding a drop of fresh lemon juice in your regular toothpaste.

Some people love the cleansing property of lemon so much so that they rub their teeth with lemon. It should be noted that lemons are highly acidic and over exposure of lemon to our teeth can make our teeth week. So, if you are doing this and feels a burning sensation in your mouth then quickly  rinse our mouth and gums with water.

(4) Treats Burns And Scars

Lemons are very effective when it comes to providing relief from old burns and scars. For this, lemon juice can be applied on the affected area of old burns or scars. Lemon is a cooling agent and applying lemon on the affected area provides relief from the burning sensation caused by the irritating burn. It also helps in fading the scars caused by the burn.

(5) Stops Internal Bleeding

Lemons are antiseptic and anticoagulant in nature which means they are very effective for stopping internal bleeding. This benefit of lemon can be used for stopping nosebleeds. For this, apply some lemon juice on a small cotton ball and place it in your nose.

Suggested Read-  12 Major Side Effects of Too Many Lemons

(6) Promotes Weight Loss

Lemon juice is very beneficial when it comes to losing weight. If you are dealing with obesity and looking for a simple and natural solution to get rid of those extra pounds then all you need to do is drink lukewarm water with lemon and honey in it. This weight loss benefit of lemon water is because of the low calorific value of lemon and also because of the ability of lemons to boost our metabolism.

When our metabolism increases, our body burns fat quickly and this helps in weight loss. One thing to remember while drinking lemon water for weight loss is to not to add too much honey in it because they are high in calories and can interfere with your weight loss program.

(7) Provides Relief From Respiratory Disorders

Lemons are very beneficial for providing relief from various respiratory problems and breathing problems like asthma etc. This health benefit of lemon is mainly because of the presence of vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells ( including the lungs and the immune system).

This way they make our immune system stronger and thus our body is more capable of dealing with the virus and infections responsible for respiratory problems. Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins for our lungs and lack of it can give rise to serious complications.

(8) Treats Cholera

Another important benefit of lemon is its ability to deal with cholera and malaria. If you are suffering from cholera or malaria then the lemon juice will be one of the best remedies ( drink only after consulting with your doctor )  Lemon juice is an excellent cleansing agent that purifies our blood and helps in providing relief from cholera and malaria.

 (9) Provides Muscles Relaxation

Lemons are also used for providing relaxation to our feet after a long tiring day. They are aromatic and antiseptic in nature and this makes them very suitable for the purpose. To enjoy benefits of lemon for foot relaxation, take a bowl of lukewarm water and add some lemon juice in it. Now, dip your feet in the mixture, sit back and enjoy the instant relief and muscle relaxation.

(10) Provides Relief From Rheumatism And Arthritis

Lemons are diuretic in nature which means they increases the frequency of urination in our body. This advantage of lemons helps in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis as lemons helps in flushing out bacteria and toxins from our body. This also helps in removing excessive salt from our body and keeps our kidneys healthy.

(11)  Soften Soles of Our Feet

Applying lemon juice on the hardened skin areas like soles of feet or the palms of our hands can help in dissolving the lumps on our skin and make them soft again.

(12) Provides Relief From Throat Infections

Lemons are antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral in nature, and these benefits of lemon make them very beneficial for providing relief from various throat infections and respiratory problems. They are a good source of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body. This way, they also protect our immune system from oxidative damage, make it stronger and a stronger immune system is more capable of dealing with diseases causing microbes like bacteria, virus etc.

(13) Controls High Blood Pressure

Lemons are very beneficial for the people suffering from high blood pressure. This benefit of lemons is mainly because of the presence of potassium in it. Potassium is a natural vasodilator which relaxes our blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of high blood pressure. By doing so, it also reduces the risk of various cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, heart stroke etc. and also provides a lot of health benefits like enhanced muscle strength, relief from stress and anxiety, maintains electrolyte balance etc.

(14) Provides Cardiovascular Benefits

Lemons are very beneficial for keeping our heart healthy and reduces the risk of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc. This benefit of lemon is mainly due to the antioxidants, flavonoids, potassium etc. present in them. Vitamin C present in lemon is an antioxidant which protects our cardiovascular system from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.

Similarly, the potassium in level reduces the risk of high blood pressure, relaxes our blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Lemons are also high in fibers which play an important role in lowering bad cholesterol level of our body, which is an added advantage for our cardiovascular health.

As per a study conducted by the American Heart Association, it was found that eating citrus fruit may lower the risk of ischemic stroke in women and women who ate the highest amount of citrus fruits like lemon had 19 % lower risk of ischemic stroke ( in comparison to the women who ate the least quantity of citrus fruit ).

(15) Reduces The Risk of Various Cancer(s)

Drinking lemon juice on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of various types of cancers. This cancer combating benefit of lemon is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells and thus reduces the risk of various types of cancer(s).

Free radicals are the unstabilized ions that get formed in our body during the oxidation. As they are unstabilized so they steal electrons from the body cells and cause oxidative damage to them.

In addition to the vitamin C, lemons also contain about 22 anti-cancer compounds like limonene oil, which slow down or hinders the growth of the cancer cells in animals. They are also rich in glycosides flavonol which stops cell division in cancer cells and prevents cancer from spreading.

(16) Make Our Immune System Stronger

Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as they fight with the disease-causing microbes like bacteria, virus etc. and even if we get infected by microbes etc., it is the immune system that makes us healthy again by fighting with the microbes responsible for the diseases. For this reason, it is important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of our body.

Lemons are very effective when it comes to making our immune system stronger. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells ( including the cells of the immune system) and thus helps in making our immune system stronger. When our immune system is stronger, we are less prone to get infected by virus, bacteria etc and our risk of getting infected by cold, flu etc. also get reduced.

(17) Are Alkaline In Nature

Lemons are tangy in taste and because of this they may appear to be acidic but in reality, they form an alkaline effect on our body and helps in restoring the electrolyte balance in our body.

(18) Keep Our Liver Healthy

Lemons are a wonderful detoxifier and this makes them very beneficial for our liver. As per Jethro Kloss of Back to Eden ( book), drinking fresh lemon juice in the morning on a regular basis helps to remove toxins out of the liver and keep it healthy. A healthy liver is important for our health as it performs a variety of functions like filtering blood coming from the digestive tract, detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs, secretion of bile juice and formation of essential proteins that helps in blood clotting (source).

 (19) Keep Our Digestive System Healthy

Lemons are a good source of dietary fibers which acts as a natural laxative and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. They regulate bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of waste out of the body, by doing so it only reduces the risk of constipation but also protects us from the ill effects of constipation. Lemons are also good for providing relief from stomach problems like acidity, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn etc.

(20) Treats Scurvy

Lemons are very effective for the treatment of Scurvy which is an inflammatory disease characterized by the symptoms like muscular pain, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, bleeding gums, swollen gums etc and mainly caused due the deficiency of vitamin C. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and in fact, 100 grams of lemon provides around 53 mg of vitamin C which is 88 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C by our body.

For using lemons for the treatment of scurvy, one to two ounces of lemon juice ( diluted with water) is given at an interval of two to four hours.

(21) Dissolve Kidney Stones And Gallstones

Lemons are good for our kidneys and gall bladder too. This benefit of lemons is mainly because of the presence of citric acid in them. Drinking lemon juice on a regular basis helps in dissolving gallstones and calcium deposits, and thus keep our kidneys healthy.

(22) Good For Brain

Lemons are good not just for our health but also for our brain. Peels of lemon contain an essential phytonutrient like tangerine which has been found to be very effective for treating brain disorders like Parkinson’s  disease. In addition to this, lemons are also a good source of potassium which is very beneficial for our brain as they help in sending more oxygen to our brain, improves nervous system function, and reduces the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.

(23) Is Used In Ayurvedic Treatments

Lemons are considered to be an important ingredient of the Ayurvedic system and is being used for the keeping our eyes, brain, digestive system healthy.

(24) Strengthen Blood vessels

Lemons are a good source of potassium which is a vasodilator which relaxes our blood vessels , regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a serious health issue that affects millions of people all over the world and is also a leading factor behind various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc. In addition to the potassium, lemons are also a good source of Vitamin P ( bioflavonoids) which strengthens our blood vessels and reduces the risk of internal hemorrhage ( internal bleeding)

(25) Keep Our Eyes Healthy

Lemons are good for our eyes too. They are an excellent source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our eyes. By protecting our eyes from the oxidative damage, lemons also reduces the risk of problems like Age-Related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma etc. They are also a source of vitamin A which is an essential vitamin for our eyes and helps in keeping our vision sharper.

(26) Are Anionic In Nature

Lemon is unique. Unique in the sense that it is the only food in the world that is anionic ( an ion with a negative charge) and not like the other food ( cationic, an ion with the positive charge). This property of lemon makes them very beneficial for our health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that acts as an ultimate energy source of cells.

(27) Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Lemons are anti-inflammatory in nature because of the presence of vitamin C in them. This makes them very beneficial for providing relief from  inflammatory diseases like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouts etc.

(28) Prevents From Diseases Caused By Vitamin C Deficiency

Lemons are a good source of vitamin C which is an important antioxidant that provides a lot of benefits like keeping premature aging at bay, reducing the risk of various types of cancers, protecting our body cells from the oxidative damage, maintaining skin elasticity, boosting immune system etc.

On the other hand, deficiency of vitamin C can give rise to various health problems like  anemia, bleeding gums, increased risk of infections, decreased wound healing rate, dry and splitting hair, gingivitis, swollen gums, bleeding gums, weakened tooth enamel etc. The best way to keep these health problems at bay is to include citrus fruits like lemons or orange in your diet.

Reference(s)

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lemon.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283476.php

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-lemons.html

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/10-health-benefits-of-lemons

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lemon.html

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