We are all familiar with the benefits and nutritional profile of citrus fruits, especially lemons, but recent study suggests that we shouldn’t waste a single part of the fruit.
Scientists recommend an interesting and even healthier way to use lemons to get the most of them. They suggest washing the lemon thoroughly and placing it in the freezer. When frozen, grate/ shred the fruit without peeling, and then use on salads, noodles, cereals, soups, sauces, and pretty much anything.
The lemon peel contains 5-10 times more vitamins that the fruit itself, so throwing it away is a huge mistake.
Lemons are packed with countless vitamins and minerals, so it is no wonder that improve health in various ways. Due to their antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-microbial properties, lemons prevent infections in the body. Inflammation reduction, immune system regulation, and DNA cell production are only some of the benefits of lemons!
According to Dr.Mercola:
“It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but the amount per serving is pretty impressive at 187% of the daily value, making it a super infection fighter.”
Teamed with flavonoid glycosides called esperetin and naringenin (found in most citrus fruits), the combination provides radical free-radical zapping activity. Free radicals can do serious damage to blood vessels and can contribute to cholesterol build up in artery walls, atherosclerosis, and even heart disease.
Lemons are also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and copper, as well as folate and potassium.
The citric acid in lemons aids in digestion and helps to dissolve kidney stones, while the ascorbic acid is a natural antioxidant that prevents the sailor’s dread — scurvy. Other antioxidants in lemons include ß-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, and vitamin A, which promotes healthy mucus membranes, skin, and vision. Pantothenic acid and folates, provided by lemons, are compounds needed by the body, but can only be derived from sources outside the body.”
Additionally, lemons are capable of fighting acidosis in the body, treating depression, lowering stress, regulating blood pressure levels, and even treating nervous disorders.
“A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER-breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit consumption may lower breast cancer risk.”
Most importantly, lemon extract kills off affected cells without affecting the healthy ones.
Even though the effects of this extract haven’t been tested on humans yet, these findings are quite promising. After all, you have nothing to lose, have you? Start freezing your lemons and consume them regularly to reap their benefits.