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Health Benefits of Lemon

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Lemons are a bright yellow fruit whose juice is often used in lemonade and lemon meringue pie. Lemons may be used as a garnish on several dishes or as a refreshing complement to a chilled beverage.

Some of the health benefits of lemon include improved Vitamin C levels, reduced blood cholesterol, alkalize body pH, boost liver function, metabolism, and gallbladder function, aid in digestion, treat acne, reduce digestive irritation, relieve symptoms related to pathogenic bacteria, help prevent internal hemorrhage, improve eye health, and helps in cancer treatment.

Helps in Cancer Treatment

Lemons contain 22 anticancer chemicals, including limonene that has been proven to slow down the growth of cancerous tumors. Limonene has been shown in lab tests to have anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and anticancer properties. Limonene has been found to alter cancer cell signaling pathways, preventing cancer cells from growing and causing their death. Limonene slowed the progression of skin, pancreatic, liver, and stomach cancers in animal studies.

Helps in Functioning of Liver

Because of its tartness, drinking warm lemon juice first thing in the morning helps to eliminate toxins from the liver. Your liver is an important component of your body's filtering mechanism. Lemon juice is a natural cleanser. Therefore it aids in the management of potentially harmful organisms. Squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water and sipping it may prove to be beneficial to health. It not only helps with liver function, but it also promotes healthier skin and may even assist with mild throat and lung problems.

Good for Treating Acne

Lemons contain terpenes, which are responsible for the stimulating scent that's associated with lemons. It's no surprise that lemon is used in some essential oils. It's well-known for its pleasant aroma, but it also has a number of medicinal properties. It increases focus, helps digestion, and relieves acne and stiffness symptoms.

Good for Eye Health

Rutin can be found in lemon, and it aids in the maintenance of eye health and the reduction of symptoms associated with eye disorders. It's no secret that rutin offers a number of health benefits regarding blood flow regulation. Rutin may help prevent blood vessel diseases in the eyes since smooth blood flow to the retina is essential for strong and clear vision.

Vitamin C

A 100-gram lemon serving contains 64 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that aids in the formation and preservation of bones, connective tissue, skin, and blood vessels. Lemons have about the same amount of nutrients in all types.

One lemon may contain 30.7 milligrams of Vitamin C. This amounts to approximately 34-40 percent of the daily requirement for both men and women. Surprisingly, its skin has almost twice as much of this vitamin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps the body's immune system work properly.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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