LEMON: Benefits of Fruit, Lemon Juice and Lemon Essential Oil
You can find in this Youtube video and in this health and wellness blog post:
- What does lemon contain (vitamins, trace elements, minerals, active ingredients)?
- What are the benefits of lemon? What diseases does lemon cure?
- How to consume lemon to enjoy all its benefits?
- How to make its lemon juice home?
- Recommendations on the consumption of lemon
- The benefits of lemon essential oil and its use
- The difference between lime and lemon
Lemon is a fruit widely used to season and flavor dishes, salads or desserts, but it is also very interesting for our health.
What does lemon contain (vitamins, trace elements, minerals, active ingredients)?
Lemon is of Asian origin and has been cultivated in different regions of the world.
It is rich in water (90%), protein and fiber.
Lemon is one of the least sweet fruits, there are only 2 g of sugar for 100 g of lemon.
This fruit is a real source of vitamin C (66%), E and B, but also of potassium, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese and iodine.
Lemon is composed of many substances very beneficial to our health such as antioxidants (eriocitrin, hesperetin, nobiletin, flavonoids, ...).
These natural antioxidants limit the action of free radicals which are toxic molecules for our body.
For more information on free radicals and their effects on our health, click here .
The anyioxidants present in the lemon, also intervene in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases by supporting the vasodilatation of the coronary arteries (arteries which irrigate the heart), but also by decreasing the aggregation of the platelets which could block the passage of blood and by limiting the increase in the LDL cholesterol level.
Flavonoids are also beneficial in reducing inflammation and the risk of certain cancers.
Lemon also contains antioxidants from the limonoid family. These are present in the various citrus fruits especially in their seeds and their juice, they act in synergy with flavonoids to prevent the multiplication of abnormal and immortal cells (cancerous cells), they reduce the risk of appearance of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, mouth and pharynx.
It is interesting to know that the peel and the white part of the lemon is rich in pectin which belongs to the group of soluble fibers.
These swell in the stomach and cause a feeling of satiety (the person is no longer hungry). They act as a real appetite suppressant that limits the person's calorie intake and promotes weight loss.
These fibers also facilitate digestion and intestinal transit.
Finally, they have the ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels, which limits the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What are the benefits of lemon? What diseases does lemon cure?
Lemon helps to slow down the accelerated aging of cells by its vitamin C and antioxidant content.
Vitamin C and the various proteins present in lemons contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin C also helps to promote the absorption of iron found in plant foods.
It is interesting to know that although lemon has an acidic taste, its compounds combine with potassium in our body and cause a basic or alkaline effect that promotes acid-base balance.
Lemon therefore helps reduce the risk of diseases caused by an overly acidic body such as chronic inflammatory diseases, diabetes, kidney failure, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, ...
Regular consumption of lemon and its juice would also be beneficial to fight against symptoms caused by an increase in the volume of the prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy) such as urinary incontinence for example.
How to consume lemon to take advantage of all its benefits?
It is interesting to know that a medium-sized lemon contains about 27 calories, it is a very low-calorie fruit.
To take advantage of the vitamin C content of the lemon, it is preferable not to heat it and to use it fresh as a seasoning or juice. The juice should be consumed as soon as it is harvested, as the vitamin C oxidizes quickly in the open air. It is recommended to put the lemon juice in a closed container in the freezer.
To optimize the preservation of the lemon, it should be put in a closed container in the refrigerator.
How to make your own lemon juice?
It is also possible to make your own homemade lemon juice by squeezing several lemons and collecting the juice to store it in a closed container in the freezer.
This method is preferable to lemon juice available in stores and supermarkets.
Of course, the consumption of organic lemons is to be favored whenever possible.
Recommendations on lemon consumption
It is important to know that lemon or its juice can interact with anti-acid drugs containing aluminum, it is recommended to put a delay of 2 to 3 hours between the taking of these drugs and lemon.
In addition, people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or hiatal hernia should limit their consumption of lemon and its juice, as they may promote irritation of the esophagus.
Benefits of lemon essential oil and its use
Lemon essential oil is widely used nowadays in the composition of perfumes, deodorants, insecticides, disinfectants, soaps or dishwashing products.
Lemon essential oil is very concentrated in active ingredients, it is very invigorating, it is a natural remedy against fatigue, it also helps stimulate the immune system to protect against winter viruses.
It is possible to consume the essential oil of lemon in the morning in the morning by pouring 1 to 2 drops in 1 spoon of honey for example.
The difference between lime and lemon
Lime is colored by a pigment called chlorophyll.
During the ripening of the lemon, the chlorophyll degrades and the level of beta-cryptoxanthin (yellow pigment) increases, which makes the lemon color change from green to yellow.
Finally, you should know that limes have almost the same benefits as lemons.