The goodness of lemons extends beyond being an excellent immune booster. Here are several amazing benefits you may not know lemons can offer:
The juice of lemons reduces the production of free radicals which contribute to aging skin and skin damage. Drinking water with lemon throughout the day is a great way to take advantage of their anti-aging benefits.
Helpful for Cancer
Lemons (and limes) contain over 20 anti-cancer (antioxidant) compounds which have been shown to stop cell division in many types of cancer cells.
Kidney Stone and Gall Stone Prevention
Lemon juice contains citric acid which prevents crystals from building up and turning into kidney stones, gall stones and calcium deposits.
Lemon juice assists with purifying the blood which can help an overloaded liver catch up on its work of eliminating toxins.
Arthritic Pain Relief
Lemon juice is a natural diuretic which helps to flush out toxins and bacteria from the body. The citric acid in lemon juice helps the body dissolve uric acid which, in combination with the diuretic properties, can result in decreasing inflammation and providing arthritic pain relief.
Vitamin C – Antioxidant and Immune Booster
Lemons contain Vitamin C (an important antioxidant). Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, which can damage healthy cells as well as negatively impact cholesterol levels. Including lemon juice regularly in your diet may help prevent the development of heart disease and is also great for fighting colds.
The acidity in lemon juice can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, brighten the skin and lighten dark spots. Try massaging a thin layer of lemon juice mixed with honey into fine lines and wrinkles, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off.
Starting the day with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and warm water* (not hot) mixed together can boost energy, strengthen the immune system, ease joint pain, prevent disease and more. A lot of good in such a little package! Give adding it to your daily regimen a try and notice how you feel.
*Important note: Since lemons are acidic prior to being ingested (they become alkalizing in the body which is beneficial for balancing pH levels), it is important to brush your teeth before drinking the lemon and water mixture. Brushing your teeth first will help to protect the enamel of your teeth.