6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control and digestive health. Here are 6 evidence-based health benefits of lemons. 1. Support Heart Health Lemons are a good source […]
We have added lemon to out Green Juice Superfood Powder drink, for both flavour and health. It’s always a great addition to any superfood blend.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber and various beneficial plant compounds.
1. Support Heart Health
One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI).
Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Eating Vitamin C tablets as a kid was fine, but now I have my kids drink lemon juice, sometimes with a bit of honey!
2. Help Control Weight
Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.
Another theory suggests that drinking hot water with lemon will help you lose weight.
Research shows that plant compounds in lemon extracts may help prevent or reduce weight gain in a number of ways.
I’ve always heard about the ability of lemons to help with weight loss, now I know why!
3. Prevent Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are small lumps that form when waste products crystallize and build up in your kidneys.
Citric acid may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favorable environment for kidney stone formation.
Some studies also found that lemonade effectively prevented kidney stones, but the results have been mixed. Other studies have shown no effect.
Luckily I don’t have kidney stones, but this is a good reason to consume lemons!
4. Protect Against Anemia
Iron deficiency anemia is quite common. It occurs when you don’t get enough iron from the foods you eat.
Because lemons contain both vitamin C and citric acid, they may protect against anemia by ensuring that you absorb as much iron as possible from your diet.
It’s more a problem in society than anyone realises! Another reason to consumer lemons.
5. Reduce Cancer Risk
Some plant chemicals found in lemons have been shown to prevent cancer in animal studies. However, human studies are needed.
It seems many natural foods are thought to combat cancer. Just eat healthy.
6. Improve Digestive Health
Lemons are made up of about 10% carbs, mostly in the form of soluble fiber and simple sugars.
The soluble fiber in lemons could help improve digestive health. However, you need to eat the pulp of the lemon, not just the juice.
If you’re going take in sugar, do it this way.