Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, astringent, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine, provide masses of Vitamin C and can be used in cleaning and beautifying. The amazing benefits of lemons for health are fully explained in the book, The Miracle of Lemons, by Dr Penny Stanway.
What few people realise is that lemons may be acidic in the mouth, but when they are digested the acids are broken down into water and carbon dioxide, and the other contents release alkalising minerals in the body – including calcium, iron, potassium, sodium. Far from avoiding them because they are too acidic, they keep the body alkaline, so we should be using them more!
The nutrients in lemons are so numerous that we can’t even list them all here. Here’s a flavour of them:
• Vitamin C aka ascorbic acid. A small lemon contains 60-100mg of Vitamin C.
• Antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body – the chemicals that cause disease – these include Vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc.
• Citric acid which removes water from the body’s tissues into the bloodstream.
• Glucaric acid which lowers LDL cholesterol (the harmful one) from the body.
Digestion: The acids in lemons – ascorbic, citric and glucaric – aid digestion for anyone who has insufficient gastric acid.
Arthritis: Lemons are good for arthritis, which thrives on an acidic system, despite the fact that people often warn sufferers to avoid citrus fruits.
Stabilises blood sugar levels: The acids and pectin within lemons slow the absorption of sugar after a meal with a high glycaemic index (that normally raises blood sugar levels). This helps to stop low sugar dips which often lead people to eat more.
Sore throats or coughs: Lemon is often included in cough preparations – hot lemon and honey can be very soothing when you’re feeling ropey.
Athlete’s foot: Lemon juice is antifungal and can clear up a mild case of athlete’s foot when applied direct.
Dr Stanway mentions many more health benefits in her book.
How to eat or drink lemons
The easiest thing you can do is to squeeze lemon juice into meals – casseroles, stews, fish dishes, salad dressings. You can simply make a dressing of olive oil with lemon juice.
Or drink a glass of water with a fresh lemon wedge in it, or if making smoothies add lemon juice. You will barely notice the taste but will get all the benefits.
Choosing the best fruits
The long list of fungicides, pesticides and insecticides that growers put on lemons could put you off completely. Far better to go for the unwaxed versions – the wax contains fungicides, and better still, organic lemons that are not subjected to such harsh chemicals.
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