It’s probably no surprise to know that lemons provide a good amount of vitamin C. However the amount of vitamin C per serving is a whopping 187% of the daily value, making it a very impressive infection fighter. Lemons contain flavonoid glycosides — esperetin and naringenin — and it’s this combination that provides free-radical bashing activity. Free radicals are known for doing serious damage to blood vessels and can also contribute to the build up of cholesterol in artery walls, atherosclerosis, and overall heart disease.
Lemons provide a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium. They are a great source of fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and copper, folate and outstanding phytochemical, limonene. There is definitely a nutritional difference between raw lemons and bottled lemon juice. The vitamin C content goes from 139% to about 100% of the daily value per serving. The calcium from 7% down to 3%. Bottled lemon juice contains very high amounts of fructose and toxic additives.
Lemons are excellent ingredient in fresh juices. They contain virtually no fructose which can cause a host of metabolic complications. Lemons are spectacular at eliminating the offending bitter taste of some of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables – you know, the ones that provide most of the nutritional benefits of juicing. A reminder that when making fresh juices, juice the whole lemon together with the peel, to get the most nutritional benefits (be sure to thoroughly wash and brush the dirt off the skin before juicing. Organic lemons are best.)
20 Health Benefits of Lemons
- fights free radical formation
- increases iron absorption
- fights skin damage
- prevents asthma
- reduces wrinkles
- good source of Vitamin C
- helps with weight control
- prevents kidney stones
- reduces cancer risk
- lemon scent reduces stress
- improves digestive health
- boosts immune system
- may protect against polyarthritis
- may support healthy cholesterol levels
- helps with inflammation relief
- reduces kidney stone formation
- natural diuretic
- boosts energy
- provides DNA cell protection
- antibacterial properties
24 ounces of warm distilled water (do not microwave water)
juice from one – 2 large organic lemons
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp organic cayenne pepper
Stir well & drink 8 ounces in glass cup first thing in AM.
Refrigerate remaining mixture & drink through the day!
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