Known for adding flavor, freshness, and acidity to drinks and foods, lemons are the most commonly used citrus fruits. Lemons are also used for garnish and flavoring desserts. They can be juiced, cut into wedges, or grated to make lemon zest. Lemon has many health benefits and is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes as citrus fruit. It is very good for immune functioning and skin health; these and other health benefits we shall discuss the details in Lemon Facts and Nutritional Benefits of this article.
Lemon Facts and Nutritional Benefits
Lemons and limes contain the most citric acid of any fruit, which makes them beneficial to those suffering from kidney stones. According to University of Wisconsin Health, citric acid deters stone formation and also breaks up small stones that are forming. The more citric acid in your urine, the more protected you are from forming new kidney stones. Half a cup of pure lemon juice every day or 32 ounces of lemonade has the same amount of citric acid as pharmacological therapy.
Help Control Weight
Lemons are often promoted as a weight-loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.
One common theory is that the soluble pectin fiber in them expands in your stomach, helping you feel full for longer.
That said, not many people eat lemons whole. And because lemon juice contains no pectin, lemon juice drinks will not promote fullness in the same way.
Another theory suggests that drinking hot water with lemon will help you lose weight.
However, drinking water is known to temporarily increase the number of calories you burn, so it may be the water itself that is helping with weight loss — not the lemon.
Helps To Terminate the Activities of Worms
Crushed lemon seeds help to subdue the activities of worms in the stomach and destroy intestinal worms.
In a similar way, taking a mix of water added to lime juice once a while contributes a lot in terminating the activities of worms in the body. Do not neglect the activities of worms in your body. Worms are deadly intestinal parasites that also extend their hosting activities to other parts of the body when not controlled.
A cup of juice extracted from lime orange mixed with little quantity of water can take control of these parasitic organisms.
New research in BioMed Research International suggests lemons may help damaged livers. The 2017 animal study found that rats who had severely damaged livers from alcohol intake saw liver improvement after consuming lemon juice. Lemon juice significantly inhibited negative effects associated with liver disease. More study is needed to determine if humans would see similar protective effects.
Improves Heart Health
Lemons contain hesperidin, which has been known to reduce symptoms of hypertension in people prone to high blood pressure. Additionally, lemons contain pectin and limonoid compounds, both of which may slow atherosclerosis – a condition where the arteries start hardening.
Studies indicate that a higher intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease and stroke. The National Institutes of Health states that the benefit is likely due to the antioxidant content of lemon which helps to prevent oxidative damage that can lead to cardiovascular disease
Helps to improve the skin
The fact that lime orange contains enough water that helps in hydrating the body makes it as well good for the skin because when the body is well hydrated, the skin becomes moisturized.
Again, contains antibacterial properties that help in treating acne and wrinkles. Its richness in citric acid and vitamin C helps to brighten the skin when used the juice in face masking or face cleansing over time.
Vitamin C content in lemon juice on human skin. It was seen through the study of how vitamin C enhanced wrinkles on the face and advanced the quality of the skin.
Lemon is one of the tropical fruits that are grown in most parts of Nigeria that is used as a key ingredient in producing certain drinks such as soft drinks and cocktails.
Slower Age-Related Decline
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage caused by oxidative stress. There is ongoing research about the possible impact that antioxidants can have on the aging process. There is some evidence that they may help improve skin health or even help prevent certain types of diseases associated with aging. So far, however, study results have been mixed.