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 14 Super Health Benefits of Lemon

  Last Updated : Aug 04,2018






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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.

1. Anti-bacterial
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.

3. Anti-oxidant
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.

12. Anti-inflammatory
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).

13. Analgesic
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.

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Have a Lemony Affair with Food!

The humble lemon is a beautiful ingredient that can be used for pickling, candying, seasoning and many more varieties of other uses. Lemon Green Beans is a zesty dish to enjoy due to its awesome flavour and goodness of lemons.

Give a boost of antioxidants to your body with this Lemony Papaya Infused Water, it is simple to make and great for detoxification of the body. Lemony Lettuce Drink is a unique drink with an unusual combination of fruits and vegetables, sip on it to revive yourself.

Love ice-creams? Love lemon flavour? Well, we have a Lemon Ice-Cream recipe which uses lemon as an ingredient, this recipe does not require cooking and is a simple one. Lemon Pickle is one recipe that is liked by one and all. Lemon Honey Water is great to be used as a home remedy for sore throat.

Happy Cooking!!!



health benefits of lemon

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 by Tarla Dalal
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!
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
“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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 .
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 by Tarla Dalal
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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 by Tarla Dalal
Lemon Green Beans with Sea Salt is such a stunning way to enjoy French beans! Cooked in such a way that the vibrant green colour and juicy texture are retained, the beans are served with a sprinkling of sea salt and lemon zest, which give an awesome flavour. Be generous with the sea salt as it is very effective in enhancing the taste of the beans. The beans must be crunchy after cooking – if you cook them for too long, they will become soft and the colour will darken. You can also try other French Beans recipes like the Stir Fried French Beans and Garlic or Stir Fried French Beans with Kalonji .
 
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 by Tarla Dalal
Sounds simple – just papaya cubes and lemon infused in a bottle of water, but your body is sure to receive a welcome boost from this zesty fluid. Sip on it whenever you are tired and feel your body freshen up. Since both papaya and lemon are good for your skin, the Lemony Papaya Infused Water also blesses you with a clear complexion. Make sure you remove the lemon slices after 2-3 hours, to prevent the detox drink from turning bitter. Fruit Infuser Water Bottles are easily available all over India, in online shops as well as the home needs section of supermarkets and retail chains. If you don’t have a Fruit Infuser Bottle, you can just use any glass jar or pitcher. Put the papaya and lemon in the pitcher along with water and allow them to infuse for 2 to 3 hours. Then, strain the mixture to get detox water. The papaya can be discarded or more water with fresh lemon slices can be added to make more detox water. Do not use the papaya for more than twice.
 
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Lettuce is not just a salad food! Combined with lemon, this delightful juice is just the thing to revive you from that sinking feeling! Try this unusual combination of fruits and vegetables for some real health power with a vitamin C and calcium boost in a glass. There are many types of lettuce available. Dark green varieties lend a slightly bitter taste to juices, so use only the lighter green variety of lettuce. It is easier to juice firm leaves rather than softer leaves. A glass of Lemony Lettuce Drink with a healthy snack like Mini Jowar and Tomato Uttapa , Oats Moong Toast or Chola Dal Dhokla is a great way to start the day off on the right foot.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Love tanginess? Love creaminess too? Well, this Lemon Ice-Cream caters to both camps! With an awesome creaminess that is characteristic of good ice-creams and a refreshing tang derived from lemon, this fabulous ice-cream is sure to shake awake your senses! Interestingly, because this ice-cream uses a combination of cold milk and whipping cream, it does not even require any cooking. Just mix, beat and freeze – as simple as that! You can also try other fruit-based ice-creams like Avocado Ice Cream , which is even more creamier because of the naturally creamy texture of avocado.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Oh, how versatile the humble lemon is, lending itself as beautifully to pickling candying, seasoning as to a variety of other uses. Interestingly, most restaurants down south serve lime pickle along with the 'meals', as the lemon is easy to procure and pickle, as well as liked by almost everybody. Also do try other South Indian pickles like Madras Onion Pickle Drumstick Pickle or Mango Pickle.
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