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The Million Benefits Of Lemon

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Background on lemon

Lemon is the most popular citrus fruit in the world. Lemon’s juice is used for flavoring salads, making soups, lemonade, alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, etc. Even lemon’s zest (peeled outer skin of lemon) is used for adding flavor to food especially sweet foods such as desserts, pastries, pies, biscuits, tarts, candies, etc. Lemon is also used in marinating fish, meat and chicken, as it enhances the flavor of roasted and grilled foods.

Just like ginger, even lemon has great medicinal uses. In ancient times lemon was mainly used to treat many wounds due to its antiseptic properties. Not only that, but it was also considered a major antidote for various poisons.  However, now days lemon are used as a home remedy to treat common colds and flu infections. As lemon is rich in Vitamin C, its major use as a medicine is to treat gum disease called scurvy, which occurs due to deficiency of Vitamin C in the blood. Juice of lemon is also used to treat various skin infections and skin diseases.

Benefits Of Lemon:

  1. Fights gum diseases

    Like other citrus fruits such as orange, passion-fruit, lime, etc. even lemon is rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin-C helps in preventing and fighting the dangerous gum disease ‘scurvy’. When our body lacks Vitamin-C, it struggles in the manufacturing of collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein present in mammals that acts as a connecting tissue between organs. In the absence of Vitamin-C, these collagens deteriorate thus loosening the connection between tissues in the body. It is due to this effect that gums become loose and diseased (scurvy), thus resulting in bleeding from gums and fall of teeth.
    Vitamin C is also known to boost the immune system. This is because Vitamin C is one of the most powerful anti-oxidant. As discussed in our article on “How well do you know your olive oil”, anti-oxidants help in preventing chain reactions in the body that can damage the cells. Vitamin-C being an excellent anti-oxidant, helps preventing these cell damaging reactions, thus improving the overall cell activity which in turn boosts our over all immune health.

  2. Antibacterial in nature

    Lemon juice contains citric acid. Many types of bacteria cannot sustain or survive in the environment of citric acid. This is because these bacteria needs alkaline (non-acidic) environment (high pH.) to grow. Citric acid has low pH.(acidic in nature) and helps in neutralizing solutions that have higher pH. Due to this effect many bacteria die when coming in contact with citric acid.
    As lemon helps in fighting bacteria, it is used in preserving foods. When foods such as avocado, pear, apple, etc. come in contact with air, they tend to turn black. This is because,   microorganisms present in the air can oxidize with these foods at room temperature. Lemon juice when poured on or mixed with these foods can disrupt this effect, due to the presence of citric acid. Hence citric acid present in lemon can help fight various type of coughs, colds and flu related infections. Due to this property lemon also helps relieve in stomach pains and food toxicity.

  1. Rich source of fiber

    Lemon is known to be rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. As mentioned in our article “Are you eating enough fiber”, soluble fiber is known to reduce bad cholesterol and remove excessive sugar (glucose) from blood, whereas insoluble fiber helps in absorbing waste and pushing it through the intestines out of the body.
    This means consumption of lemon can help neutralizing blood sugar, thus preventing diabetes and fighting it in some cases. Removing bad cholesterol from the blood means fewer chances of heart disease and a healthier heart activity. Lemon also helps in removal of toxic waste from the body. When consumed with water it makes us feel fuller (property of soluble fiber), thus reducing chances of over eating and gaining extra calories. It is because of high amounts of soluble fiber present in lemon that helps the person in their weight loss efforts. In times of diarrhea or loose motions, soluble fiber helps in solidifying the waste and healthy removal from the body.

  1. Improves skin quality

    Due to antibacterial properties in lemon, it helps fighting some bacteria that causes skin diseases. People who suffer from black spots, acne and skin irritations use lemon to combat them. Also good amount of anti-oxidants present in lemon, help in fighting oxidation reactions that may be damaging your skin.
    Drinking lemon water daily can help in cleaning blood that flows through the skin, thus enhancing the quality of the skin and lightening the color of it. When applied exterior on the skin, it helps removing black spots, skin marks, dead skin and toxins. If used regularly, lemon juice can combat acne and the damage done by acne. However, it’s considered better to use with honey, as direct lemon can cause burning sensation to the skin.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory property

    As discussed earlier Vitamin C present in lemon juice helps in manufacturing and maintaining collagens. These collagens hold the muscle tissues together by strengthening ligaments and tendons. Also Vitamin-C is good source of anti-oxidants. Thus it helps in restricting the growth of free radicals, that can damage the cells in ligaments and tendons causing pain and inflammation. Hence the overall effect of Vitamin – C helps in reducing inflammation.
    Sports persons can consume lemon water on a day to day basis to keep their ligaments and tendons strong, thus preventing chances of injury. Lemon water can also help reduce overall joint pains and muscle pains by reducing inflammation in joint tissues and muscles.

  1. Helps losing weight

    When consumed with water, lemon can really help improve the chances of weight loss. As we know that lemon is rich in soluble fiber. When mixed with water the soluble fiber forms a gel like material in the body. It makes one feel bloated and feel less hungry, thus avoiding the chances of overeating. Also the citric acid in lemon kills the bad bacteria in the body and destroys toxicity of food and waste in the body. Lemon juice triggers the liver to start the detoxifying process thus eliminating waste quickly and releasing quick energy to the cells. The insoluble fiber helps in pushing this excess waste from the body.
    Consuming lemon water regularly helps in improving metabolism, waste removal and burning extra calories. The increased energy levels without over consumption of food and excess removal of waste help to achieve those weight loss goals faster.

How to include lemon in your daily diet:

During summers lemon water with honey can be a very refreshing drink. I tend to add cinnamon and mint, as I enjoy that extra flavor.

During winters lemon tea or hot lemon water can keep you away from cold and flu infections.

Using lemon with other spices to marinate meat, chicken and fish. It will help in preserving the quality of  food as well as providing a good flavor to the food.

Applying lemon with oil or honey to skin can be used as a natural skin mask. Will definitely give you lighter and healthier look.

Lemon zest and lemon juice can be added to your everyday salads, soups, some foods and desserts.

Athletes can consume lemon by adding it to their drinks. Drinking prior to a sports activity can give that extra boost of energy and keep those muscles hydrated during workout or match sessions. Consuming it after the activity can help in the maintenance of muscle tissues.

Interesting fact about lemon : Lemon trees are ever green trees that produce lemon all year round. The estimated produce of lemons from a tree is 500-600 pounds a year.

EAT FRESH AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂

-NAKUL BAJAJ

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32 thoughts on “The Million Benefits Of Lemon

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  2. Weird question for you.
    Would the many properties of lemons extended to possibly being a deterrent for pests?

    I’ve heard that pepperiment oil can, as well as vinegar, but I love the smell lemon much more than either one of those. 🙂

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  3. I had no idea lemons were so good for you, especially the antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. I use a lot of lemon in my cooking and use a lot of lemon zest, but I like the sound of the lemon water. I will definitely give it a go! I love your blog and your posts. I always learn so much. Thank you so much, cc 🙂

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    • Hi,

      Yes lemons do have a lot of benefits. Thank you for stopping by and leaving some warm comments. Hope you keep finding my blog useful. I am happy you are learning and taking something out of it.

      Regards,

      EAT ALL FRESH 🙂

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  4. I LOVE this post. You are so very informative, and lay out the information in a way that is easy to read. Furthermore, there is info here that I will put to use!
    Thanks for taking so very much time and effort to put all of this out here to us.
    Easter

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    • Hi Easter,

      Thanks for taking time to read my posts. I am glad you are enjoying it and learning from the information we offer.

      Will try to build some more posts overtimes that can provide more healthy tips and information for people.

      Regards,

      EAT ALL FRESH 🙂

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      • As someone that suffers tremendously from kidney stones and RA, (and Lupus in remission), I am trying to do things a lot more naturally and avoid processed foods. My sister is a vegetarian (almost Vegan, actually), and continually reminding me of the benefits of eating well..

        This site is awesome.. I really like it. So glad we found each other on BU101

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        • Hi easter,

          Yes, you certainly have to do go more natural in this regard. I can understand it gets really hard to go all natural and vegan, especially when there are so many delightful foods out there. I am glad you like the site and hope the information can be a help for you. Please don’t hesitate ask any questions and take care of your health.
          Thanks Easter.

          Regards,

          Eat All Fresh

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          • Thank you.. I am not ready to go even vegetarian yet, but I don’t eat meat more than a couple of times per week. I try to eat less of it as time goes on.
            As for the RA and stones, it is a difficult decision as to follow all of the toxic meds (that include a mild chemo-therapy) or eat well and take good supplements. I’ve tried both and I’ve tried both together. I know that I feel better (energy wise) when I don’t take the meds, but the symptoms do slowly increase when I don’t take them. Such a tough precipice to sit on.
            Thank you so much for your kind response and your wonderful way of reaching out.
            Easter

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          • No worries Easter 🙂

            That must be hard what you are going through. Hope it all works out. Will try research for some natural and healthy foods that can help. Will do a thorough research in this regard.

            Have a good day Easter. 🙂

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          • That is so very kind of you.. Thank you so much, an unexpected gift that I so appreciate.

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          • Hi Easter,

            I was looking into this information about kidney stones. Can you let us know which kind of kidney stones are forming. Apparently there are four types (calcium, uric acid, struvite and cystine). Which ones do you have? This can help me to go research further on these lines.

            Regards,

            EAT ALL FRESH 🙂

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          • Unfortunately, I get the calcium and the uric acid stones. I get so very many of them I think because I have to take medications for some other issues rheumatoid arthritis and lupus that crystallize and I just can’t wash them through no matter how much water I drink. This is so very kind of you like I said you’re very special 😘

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          • No worries easter,

            Will look into this and will try to give you the best information possible. Not promising anything whether it will help improve it but at least I can try.

            Regards,

            Eat All Fresh 🙂

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          • Thanks. You’re the best! 😊

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  5. This is an interesting post, and I learned some new benefits of lemons. From this I got the craziest mental picture that gave me a chuckle, “When mixed with water the soluble fiber forms a gel like material in the body. It makes one feel bloated and feel less hungry”.

    I do have a question about this though: “Also the citric acid in lemon kills the bad bacteria in the body and destroys toxicity of food and waste in the body. ”

    How does citric acid in lemon distinguish between good and bad bacteria and toxic and non-toxic food? Just curious because when I have to give antibiotics to sheep I usually also give probiotics because the antibiotic destroys both good and bad bacteria. I’m always looking for ways to keep sheep healthy so I don’t have to use drugs, and if giving a lemon drench would be helpful it would make my day.

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    • Hi Gail,

      Thank you for your comment and visiting the blog. Well toxic food environment in the stomach means, that the food is not moving and bad bacteria is forming thus creating chances of stomach infection. Lemon will not be able to kill all the bacteria in your body. For that reason you may have to go for antibiotics when infection is there. The amount of lemon juice you would need to kill that infection is quite a lot. Also not all good bacteria will be destroyed by the citric acid, until consumed in big amounts. For that reason a person who consumed lot of glasses of orange juice or lemon juice can get loose motions.
      Our stomach regularly produces good bacteria which will help in digestion and keep our immune system strong. When we take antibiotics the amount of good bacteria destroyed is a lot, and this bacteria will be replenished by our body, however without the use of probiotics it will take weeks. A glass of lemon water will not destroy that much bacteria – good and bad both. Any good bacteria destroyed, the body will easily replenish in a days time. Citric acid does kill bacteria, but to kill big amounts one need to consume more.
      Also there are times that you have eaten home food and your stomach becomes upset. This is because our body produces huge amounts of gastric acid in the stomach that kills a lot of bacteria, causing loose motion. Other times your body is not producing enough gastric acid to kill the bad bacteria, hence stomach infection can lead to vomiting and loose motions.
      Doctors recommend taking probiotics on a daily basis either way. Many foods are acidic in nature, hence one should consume probiotics to maintain healthy functioning of the stomach.

      Please feel free to ask more questions and if necessary discuss this further.

      Kind Regards,

      EAT FRESH AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂

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  6. I just wanted you to know that I shared you post with my sister via Facebook. She loved it! I suggested she follow your blog as you are like-minded.

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    • Oh thanks cteacher.

      You are a wonderful person. Thanks for encouraging me even more to do this. I am so happy that my blog is making a difference and now its even reaching the word of mouth. I am so thankful to wordpress where I meet such good bloggers who support each other. I hope your sister finds the blog interesting. Also if it interests her, she can openly give her opinion on our page. I think it is always good to share knowledge.

      Regards,

      EAT ALL FRESH 🙂

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  7. I thought I knew a lot about lemons. I happen to love the taste of them, especially when grilling. But I didn’t know about the ability to fight gum disease and it having antibacterial properties. Good to know 🙂

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    • Hi CeeLee,

      I love marinating beef and lamb with lemon. I myself prefer that taste on grill. Also helps to break the meat easier and how it all falls apart in your mouth is absolutely delicious. Yes lemon has great benefits. If you may have heard about “scurvy” and how many sailors and miners used to suffer from that disease in the olden times. Now ships are loaded with fruits and juices rich in Vitamin C. You can also consume lime juice, orange and grape fruit juice to improve the overall health of your gums. Good luck.

      Eat fresh and stay healthy:)

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  8. I never knew lemon had such alot of benefits…for me it just made things tastier. Im surely increasing my intake 🙂

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    • Hi,

      Same I enjoy lemon in almost everything. I just love the flavor it gives to the food and drinks. Good to know that you will increase your intake. Its recommended to use diluted in water or mixed juice, beverages, foods, etc. due to its higher acid content.

      Eat All Fresh 🙂

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  9. This was very interesting! I never knew there were so many benefits to lemons. I am definitely going to try drinking hot lemon water and the facial mask you suggested. Thanks for sharing!

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