Lemons - benefits, uses and tips

We have been using lemons (Citrus limon, is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to South Asia, primarily North eastern India with fruits round in shape) in our products for a while now, and you can check them here: fresh lemon soap, lemon bath salts and bath bomb, lemon and eucalyptus bath bomb, lemon and aloe vera soap, and sunflower, lemon, tea tree and aloe vera shampoo bar but today I decided to show you a small part of lemon's benefits.

Lemons are rich sources of healing chemicals that enhance immunity, strengthen blood vessels, help heal the skin and even block certain cells that can trigger cancer. Rubbing with lemon peel removes the unpleasant odor from the armpits. Lemon juice added to hot water with honey is an excellent remedy for an inflamed throat. Lemon is an essential ingredient in cough tackling.

Centuries ago, English sailors consumed lemons on the board of their ships to prevent scurvy. Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of vitamin C ( ascorbic acid). Early symptoms of deficiency include weakness, feeling tired and sore arms and legs. Without treatment, red blood cells, gum disease, changes to hair, and bleeding from the skin may occur. As scurvy worsens there can be poor wound healing, personality changes, and finally death from infection or bleeding. A single lemon contains 40 mg of vitamin C - the recommended daily amount. Currently, scurvy is eradicated because there are quite a few sources of vitamin C in the diet. But lemons have a lot of other benefits.

The power of a lemon

When you have a cold, do not underestimate the power of vitamin C - or the tried and tested advice to consume lemon drinks.

The vitamin C from lemons reduce the level of histamine, a substance that contributes to nasal and eye congestion.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also lowers the levels of unstable molecules that destroy cells, known as free radicals and helps protect against heart disease. Some studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C increase the risk of myocardial infarction. When cholesterol is oxidized - under the action of free radicals - it is more than certain that it turns into atheromatous plaque that blocks the arteries.

The body uses vitamin C to improve the activity of immune system cells and to make collagen, a substance that helps develop tissues to heal wounds.

Here are some reasons to urge you to eat lemon:

  • decreases the risk of kidney stones. Lemons contain a large amount of citric acid, a chemical that reduces calcium secretion and helps prevent the formation of the painful kidney stones. Two liters of lemonade a day prepared with fresh lemon juice - with as little sugar as possible - are as effective as citrate medicines.

  • strengthens the veins. Lemon juice is rich in bioflavonoid (a group of natural antioxidant chemicals with plant origins) called rutin, which strengthens the walls of veins and capillaries and reduces pain - and sometimes even the appearance of varicose veins.

  • protects against breast cancer. Limonene is another chemical located in the lemon peel and white membrane beneath it. Experiments have shown that this substance has a significant antitumor action. Researchers are currently studying limonena for its potential applications in the prevention and treatment of cancer, especially breast cancer. Scientists have tested the action of this substance - in the laboratory - on human breast cancer cells, showing that it inhibits their growth. At the same time, limonene causes the body to break down estrogen into a less active form, which is very important because it is known that the presence of high levels of estrogen is linked to breast cancer. Limonena also influences the liver's ability to remove any carcinogens from the blood.

  • beauty benefits. Applied to age spots, lemon juice can stop these signs of maturity. Also, to heal faster, areas with acne can be dabbed with lemon juice.

  • other uses of lemon: acne, sunburn, corns and hyperkeratosis, kidney stones, pharyngo, morning sickness in pregnancy, dry mouth, herpes, inflammation of the throat, laryngitis, to fix unpleasant body odor, warts, oily hair, hair lice, age spots, oily skin, colds and flu, cough, hiccups.

*This article has no intention in advising to treat or cure any illness nor has any intention to persuade readers into taking any action following the facts in the article.

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