Sunshiny and eye opening, happy yellow and energizing, lemons are one of my most favorite foods. There are so many wonderful reasons and I will happily touch on them all.
Lemons, like other citrus, have the ability to help us absorb iron better. Absorbing iron better means better red blood cell production and function, which gets more oxygen to our cells. We need oxygen for cellular respiration. When oxygen is deprived, cells have to revert to a primitive state for survival. This is what cancer is: the body’s last ditch effort at survival.
Amazingly, in one medium lemon, there are 1.3 grams of protein, 11.6 grams of carbohydrates, and 0.3 grams of fat. Who’d have thought that a citrus fruit has protein and fat? They also have about 22mgs of calcium, which helps to strengthen bones. Lemons are also high in potassium, with 116 mg per serving. Potassium helps to maintain correct fluid balance in the body. Each medium lemon also contains about 45mgs vitamin C and 18 IU of vitamin A.
Lemons are mildly anti-inflammatory and alkalizing. Lemon added to warm water stimulates detoxing in the body and helps move the bowels. It’s a good healthy practice to drink this daily. Feel free to add Himalayan crystal salt and/or turmeric powder. There are so many good minerals and phytonutrients in this health promoting fruit!
Lemons are among the lowest glycemic of the citrus fruits. This means they don’t feed cancer cells. Lemon juice contains up to 8% citric acid, which accounts for their acidic taste. Citric acid is a natural preservative and aids digestion. Studies found that citric acid helps dissolve kidney stones. Lemons are also high in vitamin C. Consumption of foods rich in C help the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood. There are many phytochemicals that act as antioxidants, free radical scavengers, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulators. They have also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in the cells in in-vitro studies. Due to citric acid, lemons can cause dental sensitivity. Call Alaska Dental Associates to schedule a check-up with a dentist to learn how you can ease the pain you have.
Lemons contain small amounts of many vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins including pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and foliates, as well as iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. These nutrients are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Vitamin A and other flavonoid anti-oxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein are also present. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. According to My Image Dental consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.
For a small fruit the health benefits are enormous!
I LOVE LEMONS!
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