Why Lemons Are Great For Your Health
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I can never understand why lemons aren’t used more. They’re a versatile fruit with sweet and savory applications. Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisines use lemons both fresh and preserved in savory dishes to transform stews and add an extra depth of flavor. In Italian cooking, they’re used to tenderize meats, cooked into sweets, turned into alcohol (Limoncello), or squeezed over foods to “wake up” the flavor. Every part of the lemon is utilized in a variety of culinary uses from peel to pulp!
This great citrus fruit is loaded with more Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals to earn it a top spot on your pantry. So here are a few reasons why you should add more lemon in your life.
- Lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than half a million people go to the ER for kidney stone problems every year. Men have a higher risk for developing kidney stones at 19% than women do at 9%. Still, many Americans suffer from it yearly. Lemon juice and other citrus juices are naturally rich in citrates which have been shown to prevent kidney stones. But make sure you’re getting 100% lemon juice and not concentrate with added sugar and artificial flavors.
- Lemons may lower women's stroke risk. A study found that lemons and other citrus fruits rich with certain flavonoids were found to reduce women’s risk for ischemic stroke. According to Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., the study's lead author and professor of nutrition at Norwich Medical School, "Flavonoids are thought to provide some of that protection through several mechanisms, including improved blood vessel function and an anti-inflammatory effect". The same study also found that foods rich in vitamin C have a protective effect against heart disease. Just one lemon provides 31 mg of Vitamin C that’s 51% of your recommended daily allowance!
- Lemons may help prevent and heal gastric disease. According to a 2012 study, “Ascorbic acid [Vitamin C] plays a key role in healing and protection of the gastric mucosa from injurious insults”. The researchers concluded that Vitamin C deficiencies were linked to peptic ulcers and that supplementation of ascorbic acid could even improve the effectiveness of H. pylori eradication therapy.
- Lemons may contain disease and cancer-fighting compounds. Lemons and limes contain compounds that were shown to inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells in test tube and animal studies. One specific compound, Limonoids, is attracting interest from researchers and showing great promise. Researchers from the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center found that limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in lab tests. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that affects certain nerve tissues and is the most common cancer in babies. Another compound that researchers found in lemon oil extracted from lemon peels, D-limonene, has been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
- Lemons may help control weight. A study found that a type of citrus flavonoid called Naringin may be beneficial to the treatment of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Animal studies found that obese mice fed with lemon polyphenols showed “suppressed body weight gain and body fat accumulation”. These studies show great potential and the need for human-based studies on supplementation of citrus flavonoid and lemon polyphenols and their effect on weight. Lemon is a major ingredient in the Master Cleanse drink and in our Simply Slender concentrate. We use 100% pure lemon juice with no artificial flavorings or added sugars.
- Lemons may help you combat anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia affects more women than men and more common during pregnancy. Anemia can cause symptoms including fatigue, leg cramps, fainting, and dizziness. Lemons contain Iron around 0.5 mg for one lemon but more importantly they may actually help you to efficiently absorb iron from the foods you eat. Researchers found a “close correlation between Fe [Iron] absorption and the ascorbic acid content of the fruits tested“.
- Lemons may improve your skin. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin C has been shown to improve skin quality. Researchers found that higher Vitamin C intakes where related to lowered wrinkle appearance. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties help play a role in collagen formation and limit the damages of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
These are just some of the wonderful benefits of Lemons. So stock up or drink Simply Slender with 100% natural lemon juice concentrate. Try Simply Slender today and buy at a store near you.
“Let's Drink to Kidney Health (Literally)!” - Huffington Post, July 14, 2014
“Eating citrus fruit may lower women's stroke risk.” - ScienceDaily, February 23, 2012
“7 Reasons Why Lemons Are One Of The Best Foods For Your Health.” - Simplemost, December 30, 2017
“10 Healthy Reasons to Start Squeezing Lemons.” - POPSUGAR, November 25, 2017
“Citrus Shows Promise For Certain Childhood Cancer.” - ScienceDaily, December 1, 2004
“The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on risk for coronary heart disease.” - Annals of internal medicine, June 19, 2001
“Effect of citrus flavonoids, naringin and naringenin, on metabolic syndrome and their mechanisms of action.” - Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.), July 14, 2014
“Lemon Polyphenols Suppress Diet-Induced Obesity by Up-Regulation of mRNA Levels of the Enzymes Involved in beta-Oxidation in Mouse White Adipose Tissue.” Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition, November, 2008
“6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Lemons.” - Healthline, June 17, 2017
“The effects of fruit juices and fruits on the absorption of iron from a rice meal.” - The British journal of nutrition, May 1987
“Iron-Deficiency anemia.” - Womenshealth.gov, May 30, 2017
“Prevention and therapy of cancer by dietary monoterpenes.” - The Journal of nutrition, March 1999
"Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women" - The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 1, 2007
“Vitamin C and Skin Health.” - Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute, January 1, 2018