Health Benefits of Lemons, the Alkaline Powerfood

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Health Benefits of Lemons, the Alkaline Powerfood

Lemons are acidic to the taste but are alkaline forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline forming foods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body.

Lemons are a favourite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens around the world.
Learn how to use them properly in our Spring Cleanse.

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavours
and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” ~ Alfred E. Newman

16 Health Benefits of Lemons:

1. Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic, to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

2. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like colds and flues.

3. Your liver loves lemons:  “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile” says Back to Eden Mr. Kloss. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

4. Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and bonus to help with being regular. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink after you Drink your two to three cups of Water First Thing in the Morning.

5. Scurvy is treated by giving one to two ounces of lemon juice diluted with water every two to four hours. In 1747, a naval James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor can have one ounce of juice a day. This is where the English got their nickname Limeys. Pirates used to eat Lemons to save them from the dreaded scurvy!

6. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

7. Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.

8. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

9. In India, Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit and for its properties. It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.

10. It destroys intestinal worms.

11. When there are insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing such as when mountain climbing lemons are very helpful. The first man, Edmund Hillary to reach the top of Mt. Everest, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.

12. Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

13. Blood vessels are strengthened by the Vitamin P in lemon thus prevents internal haemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure.

14. The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, have been shown in research to improve due to the Rutin, found in lemons.

15. A lemon contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumours in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.

16. According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is Anionic (the lemon electron has a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the lemon’s outer electron has a positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.


History, Trivia and Interesting Lemon Facts:

  • Fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips during the European Renaissance.
  • The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia.
  • The lemon originated in the Indus Valley; a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC by archaeologists.
  • They have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century A.D
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. The trees can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
  • Once upon a time, lemons were presented as gifts to kings because they were so rare.
  • California and Arizona produce 95% of the entire U.S. lemon crop.

Lemon Nutrition:
They contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber. Lemons contain more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart. See all the Lemon Nutrients

How to Pick a Good Lemon:

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar thus thick skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
  • An over ripe lemon will have a wrinkling look, have soft or hard patches and not be a colourful yellow.
  • They stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about 7 to 10 days. Or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks.

How to Use lemons:

  • “When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.”~ Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden
  • A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and colour to a room for days.
  • Alkalize with lemon water.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups, and stews.
  • Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the amount of juice.
  • Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the freezer.
  • Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to recipes in cakes, cookies and in vegetables.

Try a Lemon Facial Cleanser

“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice
and let the world wonder how you did it!! ” 

Author Unknown


Lemon Cautions:
Pure lemon juice contains acid which is harmful to teeth enamel. Always dilute with water before taking it. Lemons that are not washed properly like the ones you get in restaurants may include potentially pathogenic microbes.


Delicious Lemon Recipes

Lemon Water – AKA Sugar-Free Lemon-Aid

Raspberry Lemon Vinaigrette:  This dressing is called a `vinaigrette’ but it does not have any vinegar in it since vinegar is acid forming.

Light Herb Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing:  It’s easier to make than to say it.  Sugar-free and low calories.

Asparagus with Lemon Juice:  Two tasty powerfoods together.

Borscht: Lemon is an important ingredient.

Avocado Vegetable Dip

Start Using Lemon in Your Life Properly!

Lemon is one of the essential foods in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp Also, learn how to use lemons properly in our Spring Cleanse.

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Copyright © Diana Herrington

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:33+00:00 July 3rd, 2012|Nutrition, PowerFoods|34 Comments

About the Author:

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. Raine Cinchez February 19, 2013 at 5:59 am

    If i have ulcer, is it okay for me to drink one glass of lemon early in the morning before i’ll take my breakfast?

  2. Diana Herrington February 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Raine, I am not qualified medically so I cannot say for sure. I am thinking that lemons start out being acid and turn to being alkaline forming so it may be harsh on a ulcer. You could try a few sips and see how that feels. Otherwise ask your doctor.

  3. Nassoro Ally April 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Fruits are some of the most beautiful creations of God and given to us for food. Humans have gathered wild fruits for food since the time of Adam and Eve.

  4. RAHEEL AHMAD KHAN July 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Lemon is a great gift of God.

  5. Don Parsell July 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I am so glad I found your site. I really found you by mistake, while I was browsing on Bing for something else. Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a informative post and an all round inspiring blog. (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the moment, but I have added your website to my favorites, so when I have time I will be back to read more. Please do keep up the awesome job!

  6. Issa Tadina July 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks a lot for this info…It would be a great help…

  7. Rosemary August 7, 2013 at 7:02 am

    can lemon juice help to prevent pregnancy and infections?

  8. ekky October 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Really educated. Can lemom be added in a green smoothies

  9. Diana Herrington October 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Yes, you can add lemon to green smoothies. I often do.

  10. David March 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Is lemon juice concentrate as alkaline as fresh juice. I know fresh is best but I drink alot of lemon juice and water every day up to half gallon no sweetner. This would require a lot of lemons. I have been doing this for years along w/ apple cider vinegar. My ph is in the 7’s as per litmus test. Dave

  11. Joy May 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Many use the Nutribullet. Does “pulverizing” a lemon, seeds and all, modify its alkaline content?

  12. Vina Hayden June 13, 2014 at 3:23 am

    After chemo for breast cancer gr.1 I am taking Tamoxiden for 5 years. Can I also do the lemon thing?

  13. Diana Herrington June 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Drinking lemon water and using lemons for your salad dressing is good for most people unless it interferes with your medication. Ask your doctor.

  14. Diana Herrington June 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    David, concentrated lemon juice is not as alkaline as fresh lemons but you seem to be doing well.

    Joy, it would be so minimal that it is not something to be concerned about.

  15. Sofie July 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you!

  16. Shelley Ervin July 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This was such a helpful site. I distributed the info to my elderly neighbors – one with Pakinson’s and the other with lung cancer. I drink lemon/honey/cayenne almost every day as I’ve had a small tumor in my breast for 5 years now. It hasn’t dissolved yet, but it also hasn’t grown, so I am still working on a completely natural resolution to it.

    Question: I’ve been putting a lemon slice on my tumor for a few weeks now, as well as lemon oil. Do you think that this might eventually dissolve the tumor, or at least remove the cancer cells?

    Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

    Shelley Ervin

  17. Diana Herrington July 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Shelley, I cannot answer your question as I am not a medical practitioner.

    What I can say is that I have seen and heard of people doing intense detoxes and they have had stuff disappear.

  18. Ricahrd September 29, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Hi is there any difference between green melon and yellow melon ? Is the nutrition value the same ? Thank you for your time.

  19. Diana Herrington September 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Richard, lemons and limes for sure taste different. Mostly the nutritional value is close except for the fact that lemons have more vitamin C. Also, lemons are higher in being alkaline forming.

  20. Bali Tour November 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Great Article
    Thank you for the information 🙂

  21. josephinewatetu February 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Hi,my sis was discovered with inguinal lympnodes .she was told is cancer and is affected liver.

  22. Ogechi April 28, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Thank you for those vital health tips on lemon fruit.
    My question is: I’ve been on hypertensive drugs for 10years. Can I go on lemon and gradually discontinue the B.P drugs?

  23. Scott Boyer July 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    This statement should be edited:

    “the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is Anionic (it’s electron has a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (it’s outer electron has positive charge.)”

    Electrons, by nature, have a negative charge. Therefor, ALL foods in the world would be anionic by this statement. The definition of anionic is a molecule or compound (mixture of molecules) that has a net negative charge (i.e. more protons than electrons). An atom that has lost its outer electrons would have a higher balance of protons in the atomic nucleus, and would therefore be considered cationic.

  24. Richi July 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hi Diana,

    Nice article. Very interesting.
    However the bit about anionic etc. contains errors.
    All electrons are negative.

  25. Rosedale September 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Is it better to drink green lemon or yellow lemon with honey? Someone said that green is better as it’s not as acidic as the yellow one (Which is bad for your liver) how true is that?

  26. Jean September 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I came across this good article when I was actually browsing for the health benefits of unpeeled lemon juice. This is because I recently juice green lemons without peeling them and mixed the juice of 2 lemons with hot water and 2 table spoons of olive oil. Consequently I had a better performance in my speech the next.i usually have speech disorders possibly linked with poor brain performance.
    Maybe what you said about tengeretin in lemon peels is true!
    I need more info about lemon peels health benefits.
    thanks for the nice article!

  27. Nick July 17, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve been aware of lemon water first thing in the morning as a terrific alkaline balancing tool. My question is, does pure essential lemon oil that is third party verified as organic and pure have the same effects? Since the oil is not consumed when squeezing fresh lemon juice. Or is a combination of the two the best method?

    Thank you!

  28. BRIAN OGANG August 25, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Hi Diana,
    Thanks for the good work done,however malaria is not caused by bacteria as cited on point number 12.

  29. Asamoah November 11, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Comment…madam can i add lemon and honey together

  30. Jules January 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Is lemon juice bad for a liver with active hep c

  31. sue abd February 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    To Asamoah,
    yes u can add honey to the lemon together…

  32. e March 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I blend organic lemon peel into my Chummus, and the taste is wonderful, besides the awesome health properties!!
    I also make fish burgers by mashing the canned wild caught salmon, some oat flour to bind it, and chopped garlic, and a tsp. of grated organic lemon peel. Then I form into burgers, and fry it in dark olive oil. Its healthful and delicious.

  33. ASIIMWE May 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Read this from Kampala Uganda as I tried searching about my feeding habits.
    I drink whole lemon tea(including fresh peelings) in the evening.
    At least 250ml anhour before bed time. This has reduced my morning fatigue and improved my under bed sheet performance(sex drive).
    I’m planning to increase my intake to two litres daily instead of whole fresh milk and see how the year goes.

  34. Dawn May 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I would like to try to buy organic lemons whenever possible, and organic lemons have not been very juicy compared to lemons from say “Mexico”, we enjoy lemonade from juicy the entire lemon minus seeds though. I wash the lemon with homemade vegetable cleaning spray (filtered water, lemon juice, white vinegar, and baking soda), should I be too concerned about the dry organic lemons versus the lemons by local farmers (aka Mexico)? I had been tried to removed the outer layer of skin too, from the local farmer’s lemons and then, juicing in heavy duty blender for about 1 minute.

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