Possible health benefits of consuming lemons
Lowering stroke risk
According to the American Heart Association, eating higher amounts of citrus fruits may lower ischemic stroke risk for women. Those who ate the highest amounts of citrus had a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least.1
As an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, lemons and lemon juice can help fight the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
Maintaining a healthy complexion
The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation ofcollagen, the support system of your skin.
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients, one of these being vitamin C.
Increasing iron absorption
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in developed countries and a leading cause of anemia. Pairing foods that are high in vitamin C with foods that are iron-rich will maximize the body’s ability to absorb iron. For example, squeeze lemon juice atop a salad with spinach and chickpeas (both a good source of iron).
Boosting the immune system
Foods that are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants can help the immune system battle germs that cause a cold orflu. Maintaining a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables is especially important during the winter months when physical activity levels tend to drop.
Consumption of fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like lemons decreases the risk ofobesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
How to incorporate more lemons into your diet
Lemons should be picked at their peak ripeness because, unlike many other fruits, they do not ripen or improve in quality after being picked.
Lemons should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
Lemons pair well with savory as well as sweet dishes. They are often used with fish, shrimp, scallops, chicken and in many Mediterranean dishes, as well as desserts.
Try some of these healthy and delicious recipes using lemon:
Lemon raspberry zucchini bars
Whole grain angel hair pasta with artichokes and lemon
Mango citrus banan-za smoothie
Spinach-pesto salad with farro
Lemon raspberry almond muffins
Lean green machine juice
Potential health risks of consuming lemons
Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.
It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.