Health Benefits of Lemons, the Alkaline Superfood

Lemons’ health benefits are immense.  To begin they 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.

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.

Learn the 10 Tips for Creating Alkaline Balance

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 destroys 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.

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

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.

So there you are so many of the health benefits of lemons.

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.

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. Here is a graph with all the nutrient details. Looking at this you can see why there are so many Health Benefits of Lemons.

Lemon (Citrus limon), fresh, without peel
See the table below for in-depth analysis of nutrients
Nutrition Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient database)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy29 Kcal1.5%
Carbohydrates9.32 g7%
Protein1.10 g2%
Total Fat0.30 g1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber2.80 g7%
Vitamins
Folates11 µg3%
Niacin0.100 mg1%
Pantothenic acid0.190 mg4%
Pyridoxine0.080 mg6%
Riboflavin0.020 mg1.5%
Thiamin0.040 mg3.5%
Vitamin C53 mg88%
Vitamin A22 IU1%
Vitamin E0.15 mg1%
Vitamin K0 µg0%
Electrolytes
Sodium2 mg0%
Potassium138 mg3%
Minerals
Calcium26 mg3%
Copper37 µg4%
Iron0.60 mg7.5%
Magnesium8 mg2%
Manganese0.030 mg1%
Zinc0.06 mg0.5%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-߸3 µg
Carotene-a1 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß20 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin11 µg

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.

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.

“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

health benefits lemons

How to Use Lemons to Get the Health Benefits

  • 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

Get the Health Benefits of Lemons In To You with Delicious Recipes

Health Benefits Lemons
Make Your Own Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing

 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 Lemons in Your Life Properly To Get TheHealth Benefits!

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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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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    • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Hi Diana,

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

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • Hi!
    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!
    Nick

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.