Lemons are Good for Your Health
Source: Sweet on Lemons: Seven Reasons to Give Healthy Lemons a Loving Squeeze
or "golden apples," were once traded throughout the world as a rare
and precious commodity. They were cultivated in Palestine, and perhaps Greece, as early as the first century AD.
first lemons had many uses. They were, of course, used to flavor
and preserve food, but also their juice was used for antidotes to poison and
venom, women would use them to redden their lips and sailors ate them to combat
fact, scurvy ran rampant during the California Gold Rush and miners were
willing to pay $1.00 for one lemon – that's like paying $17 today! Other people savored lemons for their healing and soothing properties to
the skin and body.
about one-fourth of the world's lemons are grown in the United States (mostly in California). Many Americans enjoy them in the form of lemonade,
but lemon consumption ranked only eighth among other major fresh fruits,
according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
can add tangy flavor and intense nutrients to your
meals. Plus, they're great for your skin and keeping your counters clean!
1. Lemons are High in Nutrients
are an excellent source of vitamin B6, iron and potassium, and a very good
source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. They also
contain calcium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
2. Lemons are Rich in Bioflavonoids
are a tasty source of bioflavonoids, which are natural compounds in some fruits
and vegetables. If you haven't yet heard of them, you soon will. Here are just
some of the reasons why you could benefit from bioflavonoids in your diet:
against damage caused by free radicals, and enhance the antioxidant effects of
maintain capillaries and help the blood clot. Weak capillaries can lead to easy
bruising, brain and retinal hemorrhages, bleeding
gums and other abnormalities.
They may help
prevent heart diseases.
They act as
natural antibiotics and may protect the body from cancer-causing substances.
3. Lemon Juice is Anti-Bacterial
can use a solution of half lemon juice and half hot water as an effective
gargle for mouth ulcers, canker sores and sore throats. The anti-bacterial
properties make it highly effective, plus it's inexpensive and pleasant
tasting. Lemon juice can even be dabbed directly on cold sores.
When Life Gives You Lemons ... Some Lemony Tips to Use
temperature lemon will yield more juice than a cold one.
Fresh lemon juice
can be frozen in ice cube trays and saved for later use.
Meat can be
tenderized by marinating it in lemon juice.
Put lemon wedges
inside a chicken and bake for a tasty meal.
juice on steaming vegetables will keep the colors bright.
When using the
lemon peel, such as for lemon zest, wash it thoroughly first.
Lemons can be
kept in a refrigerator crisper for about four weeks.
Lemons with green
tinges will be more sour, as they haven't fully
Did you know that
one lemon tree can grow 3,000 lemons in one year?
4. They Can Make Your Meals Healthier
juice is so tangy and flavorful that you can add it
to a variety of foods-while emitting less desirable ingredients like salt and
unhealthy fats. Fresh lemon juice added to your drinking water is an easy and
tasty way to add nutrients to your diet and makes a great replacement for soda
or other sweetened beverages.
5. Lemon Juice Makes an Excellent Cleanser
juice is antiseptic, meaning it fights disease-causing bacteria. A combination
of baking soda, lemon juice and water makes a great natural and safe cleaner
(many common household cleaners pose real health dangers) that can be used on
countertops, microwaves, showers, bathrooms and more. For an even better clean,
you can use it in conjunction with PerfectClean's
Terry Cloths (or you can even just use them dry!).
juice also acts as a bleaching agent that can be used to remove stains from
cotton or linens.
6. Lemons are Good for Your Skin
you have acne, rubbing slices of lemon onto your skin and then rinsing with
tepid water will help clear pimples. Because lemons are acidic, be careful
using this remedy if you have sensitive skin or try diluting it with water.
Lemons are also a natural exfoliant and will help to
remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin.
when life gives you lemons ... don't just make lemonade. Add a squirt of lemon
juice to your water, a slice of lemon to your fish or some grated lemon peel to
your next batch of cookies. Adding lemons to every food you can think of is a
great way to get some added nutrition and added taste for very little added
cost or effort.
Bee's Note: The best electrolyte drink in the world:
1/4 teaspoon of "good" ocean sea salt
the juice of ½ a lemon
6 ounces of filtered water
Drink 6 times a day; three of them with
meals to aid digestion.