While lemons might taste like licking a 9-volt only more drawn out, but they actually have a lot of good things about them too. Here are a few to hopefully get those lemon juices flowing.
1. They boost your immune system
Lemons, like oranges, contain a good amount of vitamin C, calcium, citric acid, bioflavonoids and pectic all act to give your immune system a good kick.
2. They help ward off cancer
According to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, lemons and other citrus fruit contain limonene which has been shown to halt the growth of cancer tumors in animals. The limonoids in citrus fruits can also protect the cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Basically, it helps kill cancer growth and protect you from it in the first place.
3. They help neutralise the acidity in our body
When metabolised, lemons become alkine which is opposite our body’s natural acidity. This helps ease joint pain and inflammation by drawing out uric acid from the joints.
4. They increase energy and alertness
Sir Edmund Hillary once attributed his ability to conquer Everest to the humble lemon. According to Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owner Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research, this is because lemons “increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy.”
5. They keep everything running smooth where it counts
The fibrous nature of lemons aids intestinal work and helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and diverticulitis. Word of warning, you have to actually eat the lemon for this. Juicing rids the fruit of all its fiber and other goodness.
6. They help clear skin
Lemons help to push toxins from the body and support healthier liver functions. This gives you nice and supple skin, free of zits. The vitamin C in lemons also decreases wrinkles and blemishes. The way to clearer skin starts with good nutrition, and lemons are a great place to start.
7. They reduce the chance of kidney stones
Kidney stones suck. No one wants them, and lemons help keep them away. Kidney stones develop from an not enough citrate in your urine and lemons raise the levels of citrate in your body.
8. They fight ‘free radicals’
Free radicals not extremists running around outside the law. Rather, they are responsible for damaging cells and cellular membranes. They can cause inflammation, chronic diseases and accelerated aging. The large amounts of vitamin C in a lemon neutralizes the free radicals. It also helps prevent the buildup of free radicals.
So there we go, get into it! Just remember that juicing takes away most of the good stuff of a fruit so slice a lemon up and prepare for an eye-watering lip-implosion of health.