Lemon is one of the most popular and versatile citrus fruits. Its popularity is owed to its refreshing flavour and scent, making it a popular choice for flavouring many recipes and perfumes. Lemon is also widely used in all sorts of drinks, from teas to cocktails. Along with its obvious use as a flavour, lemon has for a long time been used for its medicinal values.
A rich source of vitamin C, lemon possesses immense health benefits, ranging from its antibacterial and antiviral properties, to its immune-boosting abilities. Lemon juice acts as a digestive and a detoxifying agent. Dried lemon peel powder can be added to food, salads and tea. One of the most common ways to reap the health benefits of lemon is by juicing it.
Lemon peels have a myriad of health benefits! It contains high amounts of Vitamin C and calcium.
Thus, it prevents bone-related diseases like inflammatory polyarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Anti-cancer compounds found in lemon peels help both to prevent the disease and fight it off. Pectin, which is found in lemon peel, is commonly used to help boost metabolism and decrease weight gain. The vitamin C in lemon peels is not only great for boosting the immune system, it also purifies blood vessels.
Plus, lemon peels have anti-oxidants that fight the appearances of wrinkles and other skin-signs of ageing. Eating lemon peel zest acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by nourishing the membranes. These properties are also helpful for soothing sores, whether a sore throat or swelling around the joints. Regular intake of lemon peels can help replenish lots of the body vitamins and minerals including; calcium, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium and fibres. Vitamin C in lemons may help reduce the damage from the sun and enables the body to make collagen, a vital protein which forms part of the connective tissue we need to heal wounds, and as well as fight off illness-causing viruses and bacteria.
Besides, lemons are also enriched with Vitamin B6, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, flavonoids, antioxidants and phosphorus. Regular intake of lemon water helps keep digestion and tummy troubles at bay. It aids to loosen toxins in the digestive tract and relieves symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating. It is known to cleanse the digestive system along with blood purifying properties.
For people looking to use lemon for its weight loss abilities, drinking lemon juice with warm water on an empty stomach every morning can produce amazing results. Occasionally, other ingredients may be added like ginger or honey for additional benefits. Many people use lemon as a “pick-me-up” beverage in the morning in an empty stomach due to claims that it can boost energy levels and metabolism.
In addition, drinking warm lemon water every morning also helps to maintain the body pH balance, protects the body from immune system deficiencies and infections, fights the common cold, promotes digestion, and increases the body’s metabolic rate. Lemon juice is also very effective at cleansing the liver. Its anti-inflammatory properties enable the body to fight off respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of tonsils, as well keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes to the body.
Drinking lemon water may help treat kidney stones.
To experience its best benefits and keep healthy, drink lemon water (Preferably warm) first thing in the morning, and wait for about 30 minutes to have breakfast.
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