15 Evidence-Based Benefits of Lemon

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The health benefits of lemon are attributed to its vitamin C content that helps improve the kin quality, encourages weight loss, improves digestion, and acts as a breath freshener. Lemons also help with the treatment of constipation, dental problems, throat infections, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera, and high blood pressure, while also benefiting your hair. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and is considered a blood purifier.

Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is well known as a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes, and lowering body temperature. As a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you stay calm and cool.

What Is Lemon?

Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improve the skin, hair, and teeth.

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People use it to make lemonade by mixing the citrus fruit’s juice and water. Many people also use it as a washing agent, because of its ability to remove stains. Its strong scent can also repel mosquitoes, while drinking lemon juice with olive oil helps get rid of gallstones. It is well known for its medicinal power and is used in many different ways. As per the results reported in a study by the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, lemon provides protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis too.

Nutrition Facts

Lemons, raw, without peel
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]88.98
Energy [kcal]29
Protein [g]1.1
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.3
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]9.32
Fiber, total dietary [g]2.8
Sugars, total [g]2.5
Calcium, Ca [mg]26
Iron, Fe [mg]0.6
Magnesium, Mg [mg]8
Phosphorus, P [mg]16
Potassium, K [mg]138
Sodium, Na [mg]2
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.06
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]53
Thiamin [mg]0.04
Riboflavin [mg]0.02
Niacin [mg]0.1
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.08
Folate, DFE [µg]11
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]1
Vitamin A, IU [IU]22
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.15
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.04
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0.01
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.09
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Nutrition Facts of Lemon

The health benefits of lemon are due to its many nourishing elements. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, lemon contains vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.

Health Benefits of Lemon

Various health benefits of lemon are explained in detail below:

Improves Heart Health

Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea as it provides a calming sensation to both, the mind and body. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, daily lemon intake and walking (average body movement) are effective for high blood pressure. Another study highlights the importance of vitamin C rich foods in preventing various coronary heart disease.

Weight Loss

If a person drinks lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can help reduce body weight. A research study performed mice confirmed that polyphenols present in it suppress body weight gain and body fat accumulation.

Prevents Kidney Stones

Lemon, both from the fresh fruit and from juice concentrates, has more citric acid content than grapefruit juice and orange juice. This is confirmed through a study by Dr. Stephen Nakada, President-Elect of the American Board of Urology. Another study confirmed that the high citric acid content in the fruit help increase urinary citrate levels more than 2-fold without changing total urinary volume. Thus, lemonade therapy can be used as a secondary therapy for treatment of hypocitraturic calcium nephrolithiasis (urinary stones formed due to low citrate consumption). Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or the juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.

Treats Indigestion

Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of this citrus fruit juice to your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt), and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Treats Fever

Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care

If the fresh lemon juice is applied to the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding while also eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and other conditions. Dr. Pirkko Pussinen, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, Helsinki University, confirms in a study that low concentrations of vitamin C can cause periodontitis (gum infection).

Additionally, it can be used in cleaning your teeth. Keep your eye out for a toothpaste containing lemon as one of the ingredients, or add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste. Some people also rub their teeth with the outer layer (the inner side touching your teeth) after removing its juice. But be careful, it can be highly acidic, so if your mouth starts burning, rinse your gums and mouth quickly with water.

Hair Care

Lemon juice has proven itself useful in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. Its juice, when applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If you apply this juice directly to the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care

Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburns and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking its juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing this juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

Cures Burns

Using lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since it is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin while you have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding

It has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nosebleeds.

Soothes Respiratory Disorders

Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders as well.

Treats Cholera

Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice because it acts as a blood purifier.

Relaxes Feet

Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful for foot relaxation. Add some of its juice to warm water and dip your feet into the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.

Treats Rheumatism

It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

Reduces Corns

Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied to the areas where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking it with water can help patients reduce gallstones for the same reasons.

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Throat Infections

Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.

Other Benefits

Lemon is also commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.

Lemon has proved to be nature’s boon to everyone who uses it. It provides many valuable solutions to health-related problems because it contains its own set of antiseptic and natural medications. It also aids in the treatment of malaria. A good practice is to eat anywhere from a quarter to a half of this little yet powerful citrus fruit per day to get maximum health benefits!

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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