The health benefits of lemon are due to its many nourishing elements. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, lemon contains a good amount of vitamin C, and a small amount of a number of vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins ( niacin, folate, thiamin, riboflavin) as well as potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
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1. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and other important compounds that is why it is a powerful anti-oxidant. Daily use of lemon can meet the daily dose of Vitamin C which is required by our body. Anti-oxidants are radicals scavengers and detoxify our body daily.
One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI).
2. Lemons are very beneficial for skin because of its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects. Lemon essential oil or any lotions that are made from the lemon helps to treat acne.
3. Lemons contain flavonoids compounds which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. These compounds improve the functioning of blood vessels.
Your gut absorbs iron from meat, chicken, and fish (known as heme iron) very easily, while iron from plant sources (non-heme iron) not as easily. However, this absorption can be improved by consuming vitamin C and citric acid.
4. Lemon has a very specific smell that helps to reduce anxiety and improves the focus. People who drink lemon juice, without the fiber found in the pulp, will miss out on the benefits of the fiber.
5. Lemons boost the metabolism rate and help to detoxify the liver. It aids in the digestion process and helps to lose weight. Lemon drinks are considered as fat cutter drinks.
Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.
One common theory is that the soluble pectin fiber in them expands in your stomach, helping you feel full for longer.
That said, not many people eat lemons whole. And because lemon juice contains no pectin, lemon juice drinks will not promote fullness in the same way.
A drink of warm water with lemon juice and honey in the morning is said to aid your weight loss efforts. While that might or might not work for you, a research study performed on mice confirmed that polyphenols present in it suppress body weight gain and body fat accumulation. This could have positive implications for lemon juice drinks in human weight loss.
Lemons are acidic and can cause acidity easily. Balance your diet while having lemon a day and also consult a dietitian.
There you go, now you are all caught up on lemons. Enjoy your day.