Discover the Healing Benefits of Lemons
Lemons seem to be the fruit taken for granted. We all know they contain some Vitamin C, are great for flavoring and many of us like to drink it in our water. But why?
Lemons are best known to be a great source of Vitamin C. So, first let's recap how this benefits your body. Research consistently shows that consuming fruits and veggies high in C is associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble vitamin in our bodies and is essential to keeping your immune system strong. It is also one of the most important antioxidants provided to us by nature. It neutralizes free radicals inside and outside our cells. For this reason it has been shown to help reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and even osteoarthritis. In addition, it helps prevent atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.
Limonins are compounds found in all citrus fruits including lemons, and are now known to help fight cancers of the colon, breast, lung, stomach, skin and mouth. Limonins are extremely long-lasting and very bioavailable for our bodies. In other words, our bodies can use them, and they last for a long time once we consume them - which may explain why they are such potent anti-carcinogens. In fact, they last longer in our bodies than natural anti-carcinogens found in green tea!
Lemon juice is an extremely powerful antibacterial. It helps destroy bacterias from malaria, typhoid, and diphtheria. In fact, it has been proven to be effective in killing many different kinds of germs, bacteria and even harmful protozoa that may be found in the intestinal tract.
Even lemon oil gets kudos for it's antibacterial properties. One study showed that 180 different bacteria could mutate and live when in contact with chemical cleaners, but none could survive pure lemon oil.
Lemons also help cleanse your body, including your lymph. Starting each day of your cleanse is highly beneficial to kick-start your body's natural cleansing processes.
Although lemons seem acidic, they leave alkaline residues in our bodies. If you decide to drink lemon juice, however, always dilute it with water.