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Health Benefits of Lemon
Last Updated : Jul 13,2018
14 Super Healthy Benefits of Lemon + Healthy Lemon Recipes
The lemon - a citrus fruit is one of those super foods with a myriad health and cosmetic benefits. There are very few persons for whom it is an allergen, so make sure you are not allergic to this natural product, before you start enjoying the many benefits. You can squeeze lemon juice on different vegetable and fruit salads and various preparations like pav bhaji, paneer gravies, bhindi fry, baingan bharta etc.
Results of a study suggest that citrus fruit juices of Lemon and lime are effective in preventing infection and thus have anti-bacterial activity (1). Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby preventing many gastro-intestinal tract infections.
2. Builds Immunity
Lemon is a very good source of Vitamin C and thus helps in the production of White Blood Cells and antibodies in the blood which attacks invading microorganisms, prevents infection and builds immunity. Therefore, Lemon juice is given to prevent common cold.
Lemon contains antioxidants like Vitamin C and limonene which deactivates the free radicals, thus preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
4. Healthy Hair
Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightener and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions that usually occur with hair dyes. It is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.
5. Radiant Skin
Lemon juice acts as a skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and bleaches. Lemon juice is said to give a natural glow to the skin. Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with a little glycerin.
6. Aids Digestion
A few drops of lemon juice in hot water are believed to clear the digestive system and purify the liver as well.
7. Oral Health
Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel. Lemon juice is given to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue, due to the Vitamin C content in it.
8. Enhances Iron Absorption
The ascorbic acid in lemon juice helps in absorption of iron from the food. So if you’re iron deficient or have anemia squeeze a lemon on iron rich recipes like Palak Paneer and Chana Dal and Cabbage Tikki for enhancing iron absorption.
9. Protective against Bladder Stones
A study conducted on rat models showed that Lemon juice has protective action against stone formation in the urinary bladder (2).
10. Blood Pressure Lowering Effects
Lemon has flavonoid Limonin which lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) (3).
11. Reduces Cholesterol
Lemon contains vitamin C which is involved in conversion of cholesterol to bile, thereby reducing the cholesterol levels (4). Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning will help in reducing cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.
The flavonoid limonene found in lemons have anti-inflammatory properties and may help in inflammatory conditions like allergy, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (5).
The compound limonin found in citrus fruits such as lime and lemon have been studied for their analgesic properties. A recent study on limonin stated that they had a better analgesic effect than aspirin (6). Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its pain. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems.
14. Cancer Preventive
Lemon is found to be preventive against certain cancers such as cancers of digestive tract and upper respiratory tract (7) (8). Lemon juice prevents faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to become carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the gut.
Health Benefits Of Lemon
Comforting and refreshing at the same time, this Tulsi Tea, with its unmistakable herbal accents is a wonderful cure for sore throat.
While the anti-viral and soothing properties of tulsi are well-known, what makes this remedy all the more effective is the addition of lemon juice, which helps cut through the mucus, increases salivation to lubricate the throat, and improves your immunity with its anti-oxidant powers.
Of course, the blend of herbal and lemony flavours is also a hit with the palate!
A perfect cuppa to have in the mornings, the Minty Honey Lemon Drink has a zesty flavour that shakes you awake. Having this refreshing drink nice and warm is not only very soothing, but also helps to break down fat and lose weight. Honey energises and lends you the strength you need in the morning, while lemon, mint and cumin lend a wonderful flavour and also improve your immunity and digestion. The salt is optional, but a pinch will help highlight the flavours well.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, says the proverb and it's almost true. A dash of lime cuts through the sweetness perfectly and zips up the flavour of this Lemony Apple Juice.
Apples are a storehouse of fibre which helps to keep your digestive tract healthy. Apples contain an enzyme called 'polyphenolase', which when comes in contact with oxygen produces coloured phenolic compounds that impart undesirable brown colour to the pieces. To prevent this, cut the apples just before juicing or simply squeeze lemon juice over the pieces.
When you get together with friends for a chit-chat time, serve the Lemony Apple Juice with a cheese cubes
platter, Marinated Black Olives
, Nacho Chips
and Tomato Salsa
, these are perfect for nibbling on without interrupting your chatter.
You know how bad diarrhea can be. You are exhausted and know you have to top up on fluids, but your taste buds feel dead and you don’t really feel up to drinking anything.
Here is a refreshing drink that can get you out of this terrible situation! Lemon Phudina Paani, with the tanginess of lemon and peppy flavours of jeera and mint also pools in the medicinal benefits of these ingredients, helping to kill the bacteria responsible for diarrhea.
Have it thrice a day to curtail Diarrhoea
and hydrate your body too.
Creamy low-fat curds pair remarkably well with the assertive flavours of basil, pepper, salt and lemon rind. This colourful dressing comes alive, thanks to grated apple and basil. To avoid the usual cholesterol from high-fat cream used in salad dressings, this recipe makes use of low-fat curds instead of cream.
A cup of Lemon Tea is just what you need to shoo away the gloom! With a refreshingly tangy taste tinged by the exotic sweetness of honey, this tea is sure to rejuvenate your senses and make you feel fresh as a daisy.
Enjoy it in the company of friends, and watch the effect double. You can also try other recipes like the Tulsi Tea
and Fresh Herbal Tea
Lemon Honey Water is a soothing herbal concoction that has amazing effects when had in the morning. Millions of people across the world start the day with it, and enjoy its health benefits. It is also excellent to soothe the throat.
While making Lemon Honey Water, you must note that the water must only be warm and not hot. Also, this should not be strongly flavoured like lemon juice or lemon tea. It is just 2 tsp of lemon juice for 2 cups of water.
You can also have a go at other herbal drinks like the Herbal Caffeine- Free Tea
or the Phudina Green Tea
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