Sometimes life gives you lemons. Before turning them into lemonade, you may want to consider eating them instead. Introducing lemons into your regular diet may provide you with some excellent health benefits. Following the lead of our post on white horehound last week, we’ve decided to elaborate on some of these benefits, in case you’ve yet to hear about them.
Much like white horehound (a plant closely related to mint), fresh lemon is excellent for digestive issues. In fact, lemon has the ability to increase the production of peristalsis, which helps improve regularity. Fresh lemon juice in a glass of warm water may be an effective alternative to your morning cup of coffee.
It’s no secret that citrus is a great source of vitamin C. Did you know that lemons are also rich in flavonoids? Both flavonoids and vitamin C work in conjunction to help fight infections and prevent colds and the flu. Many also claim that lemon juice is a great detoxifier for the liver.
Besides vitamin c and flavonoids, lemons are full of other vitamins and minerals that are necessary for good nutrition. Examples include, citric acid, b-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and fiber.
You don’t need a doctor to tell you that lemons are acidic but did you know that they can help you restore your bodies natural PH balance? The chemicals in lemons react with your bodies immune system to form an alkalizing effect and help balance your PH.
Last but not least, some claim that lemons may even have anti-cancer properties. This is due to the 22 compounds inside of lemons that are linked to the reduction of cancerous tumors in animals. One of the most studied substances inside of lemons is flavonol glycosides, which is said to stop the division of cancer cells.
These are just some of the health benefits of lemon but if you don’t like to eat, we’ve got some great news. Our old fashioned lemon drops are a delicious alternative. Make sure to visit the Qcandy store and order some today. Make sure to look out for our next post which will cover a couple of delicious recipes that include our lemon drops.