Lemons are rich in nutrients. Like most fruits and vegetables, they are rich in vitamins that help maintain health. For centuries, lemons have been used to treat scurvy in people traveling long distances by boat. Today, there are more reasons why lemons can benefit your health. The mere thought of lemons and their sour taste can make you frown. It’s hard to imagine how one can eat one directly. But after learning more about its benefits, you may change your mind. Their antiviral and antibacterial properties can have many uses.
Nutritional Benefits of Eating Lemons
It’s hard to imagine that you can eat a whole lemon, but lemons are very nutritious. They have a number of health benefits. Most of these benefits can be obtained by combining a small amount of lemon juice with other ingredients. This makes it much easier to take advantage of them.
The list of nutrients in lemon is long, but it includes the following.
Vitamin C is known to help fight a number of ailments, including colds, the flu, and even asthma. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps fight cancer by preventing the formation of free radicals. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the production of collagen in the skin, which is the foundation of a healthy complexion.
Calcium is an essential part of building and maintaining healthy bones. It also promotes brain health.
Lemon helps increase the absorption of plant-based or non-heme iron due to its high vitamin C content. Iron helps prevent anemia, boosts energy, and improves athletic performance.
Magnesium works with calcium for good bone health. It can affect diabetes and blood sugar control. It is also important for your heart health due to its role in building healthy muscles. These muscles include the heart. Lemons also contain fiber and are low in calories. As you can see, they can play an important role in a healthy diet.
Here are a few ways to get the benefits of drinking lemon juice.
– Mix it with warm water and sea salt and gargle to soothe your throat.
– Take a few sips neat or mix with water to replenish fluids when dehydrated.
– You can inhale lemon juice diffused in the air to combat fatigue and anxiety.
– Lemon juice mixed with water and honey can help people who have a fever or the flu. Drink every two hours until you feel better.
– Warm water mixed with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice will soothe the stomach and reduce bloating.
– Because lemons contain pectin (soluble fiber), they can help you lose weight by making you feel fuller when you eat.
Other Uses for Lemons
Lemons can also have beneficial effects when applied topically. They have powerful antibacterial properties, making them a great organic home cleaner.
How to eat lemons
As mentioned, lemons are not usually eaten alone. However, there are many ways to add lemons to your diet.
The most popular and versatile way to consume them is to squeeze some of their juice into hot water. You can add honey and other ingredients to it, or squeeze lemon juice into the tea.
Lemon juice is also very tasty with seafood, it is also the main ingredient in a number of desserts such as lemon meringue pie and the main ingredient in lemonades.
There are many recipes based on lemon. Below are a few examples that you might want to try.
Recipes using lemons
This mixture of chicken, lemons and capers is impressive yet easy to make.
Try this recipe for a new twist on potatoes. If you mix them with lemons, you get a delicious side dish.
Lemon garlic shrimp
If you love shrimp, this dish is the answer.
When buying lemons for these recipes, be sure to store them at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If you plan to use lemon peel or zest, choose organic lemons to reduce pesticide exposure.
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