The Health Benefits of Lemons

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.

They have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century AD. Their trees produce fruit all year round. One tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year. California and Arizona produce 95 percent of the entire U.S. lemon crop.

Lemons are a favorite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens everywhere. Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. They are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier. They also increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.

So besides helping us detoxify and stay regular what are some other benefits of eating /drinking lemons?

  • Gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones can be dissolved by the citric acid in lemon juice.
  • Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of your recommended daily intake (RDI). Research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Lemons are made up of about 10% carbs, mostly in the form of soluble fiber and simple sugars. The main fiber in lemons is pectin, a form of soluble fiber that is linked to all sorts of health benefits. Soluble fiber can improve gut health and slow the digestion of sugars and starches. These effects may result in reduced blood sugar levels.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups and stews.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies and in vegetables.

Take Home Message

Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Not only are lemons a very healthy fruit, but they also have a distinct, pleasurable taste and smell that make them a great addition to foods and drinks.

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