Superfruit: The Health Benefits of Lemon

September 5, 2011
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Want an easy superfood to incorporate into your diet? Here are a few fabulous ways lemons can be a wonderful overall health aid. Lemons have been used for centuries for their therapeutic benefits, and have even been used as a “cure” for a number of ailments. Lemon not only helps fight infection, but is also known for treatment of sore throat, indigestion, constipation, fever, internal bleeding, burns, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure.

Lemon also helps to strengthen your immune system and cleanse your stomach. Lemon water and lemonade are thought to help treat kidney stones, cure heart problems and reduce your body’s temperature (so there’s a reason a nice, cold lemonade actually does make you feel more refreshed on a hot summer day!)

The health benefits of lemon come from its many nutrients, including vitamin C and B, phosphorous, proteins, carbohydrates and flavonoids (which have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties). Lemon also helps to break a fever by increasing your perspiration, so ingesting lemon juice when you’re sick with the flu may help you feel better much more quickly.

Another health benefit of lemons? That they aid in dental care. Apply fresh lemon juice to a toothache to lessen the pain, or apply to gums to keep them from bleeding.  Lemon juice has also been known to improve scalp problems, and lemon juice applied to the hair will give it a natural-looking shine. Lemon juice can soothe a sunburn or provide relief from a bee sting.

The health benefits of lemon are striking. Because lemons are high in antioxidants, they help keep free radicals in check and helps to prevent serious medical conditions such as stroke, many cancers and heart problems. Lemons are known to lower blood pressure and increase your HDL cholesterol (the good stuff). And since lemon acts as an anti-cancer agent, the more lemon in your diet, the less likely you are to develop colon, prostate and breast cancer.

While you might not want to eat a lemon every day, consider adding it to a cold glass of water or to your cooking. You’ll be amazed at what it can do!