Lemons are acidic to the taste but are alkaline forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits.
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
Lemons have an alkalizing effect in 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
Not only Vitamin C, but also 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 helps dissolve 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. Lemons clean 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. Lemons treat Scurvy
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. Lemon Juice dissolves gallstones
The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
7. Helps neutralize free radicals
Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.
8. May assist with brain disorders
The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
9. Lemons are an Ayurvedic Superfood
In India, Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as fruit and for its properties. It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.
10. Potent against worms
Lemon destroys intestinal worms.
11. Helps with breathing
When there is 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. Antibacterial properties
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. Strengthens blood vessels
Blood vessels are strengthened by the Vitamin P in lemon thus prevents internal hemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure.
14. Improves eye health
The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, have been shown in research to improve due to the Rutin, found in lemons.
15. Anti-cancer compounds
A lemon contains 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. Lemons have a negative electrical charge providing cellular energy
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.
“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
Lemon History, Trivia and Interesting 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 Information
Lemons 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 overripe 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
- 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.
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When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and let the world wonder how you did it!! ~ Author Unknown
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.
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