Health Benefits Of Lemon

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Lemons can be very healthful and refreshing. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, which are antioxidants.

Antioxidants help remove free radicals that can damage cells from the body. These nutrients can help to prevent diseases and boost health and wellbeing.

Lemon boosts the immune system. No wonder doctors, health Professionals and organizations advice us to take in lemon every morning with hot water during this COVID-19 Pandemic period.

Lemon is high in vitamin C which may help strengthen the immune system against the germs that cause the common cold and flu.

Lemons prevent the body from developing Cancer. Lemon and lemon juice are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C.

Antioxidants may help prevent free radicals from causing cell damage that can lead to cancer. However, exactly how antioxidants can help prevent cancer remains unclear.

The fruit maintains healthy complexion when taken regularly. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of the skin.

Sun exposure, pollution, ageing, and other factors can result in skin damage. A 2014 mouse study suggested that, either eating vitamin C in its natural form or applying it topically can help prevent this type of damage.

The risk of getting stroke is low when you take lemon regularly. According to a 2012 study, the flavonoids in citrus fruits may help lower the risk of ischemic stroke in women. A study of data from nearly 70,000 women over 14 years showed that those who ate the most citrus fruits had a 19percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least.

Intake of lemon can cause weight loss. In a 2008 study, rodents who consumed lemon peel phenols with a high fat diet for 12 weeks gained less weight than those that did not consume lemon.

According to research, lemon prevents asthma. People with asthma who consume higher amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients when they have a cold may experience fewer asthma attacks, according to one review.

Furthermore, The authors found evidence that vitamin C also benefitted people with bronchial hypersensitivity when they also had a common cold.

It increases iron absorption. Remember, Iron deficiency is a leading cause of anemia. Pairing foods that are high in vitamin C with iron-rich foods maximizes the body's ability to absorb iron.

One 2014 study found that women in Japan who walked regularly and consumed lemon every day had lower blood pressure than those who did not.

However, bottled lemon juice does not have the same vitamin C content as fresh lemon juice. It is important to note that vitamin C is sensitive to light and heat and will diminish rather quickly in fresh lemon juice if people do not store it in a cool, dark environment in a non-metal container.

Furthermore, high intake of vitamin C can trigger gastrointestinal problems in people who are taking iron supplements. For this reason, it is best to obtain iron from dietary sources, such as beef liver, lentils, raisins, dried beans, animal meats, and spinach. Squeezing a little lemon juice onto a salad containing baby spinach leaves can help maximize the intake of both iron and vitamin C.

Be it as it may, Lemons have a high acid content, so their juice may affect people with: Mouth ulcers: It can cause a stinging sensation. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): It can worsen symptoms, such as heartburn and regurgitation.

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Source: David Quaye