Why adding more lemons to your diet is good for your health

Lemons are packed with nutrients. Like most fruits and vegetables, they’re packed with vitamins that help you stay healthy. For centuries, lemons have been used to treat scurvy in people who travel long distances by boat. Today there are more reasons why lemons can benefit your health. The mere thought of lemons and their sour taste can make you frown. It’s hard to imagine eating one right away. But after learning more about its benefits, you may change your mind. Their antiviral and antibacterial properties can be used in many ways.

Nutritional Benefits of Eating Lemons

It’s hard to imagine eating a whole lemon, but lemons are very nutritious. They have a number of health benefits. Most of these benefits can be obtained by combining small amounts of lemon juice with other ingredients. This makes it much easier to enjoy its benefits.

The list of nutrients in a lemon is long, but it includes the following.

vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to help fight a number of illnesses, including colds, flu, and even asthma. It is also a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to help fight cancer by preventing free radical formation. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the production of collagen in the skin, which is the basis for a healthy complexion.

calcium

Calcium is an essential component for building and maintaining healthy bones. It also contributes to brain health.

iron

Lemon, thanks to its high vitamin C content, helps increase the absorption of plant-based or non-heme iron. Iron helps prevent anemia, increase energy, and improve athletic performance.

magnesium

Magnesium works with calcium for good bone health. It can affect diabetes and blood sugar management. It’s also important for your heart health as it plays a role in building healthy muscles. These muscles include the heart. Lemons also contain fiber and are low in calories. As you can see, they can play an important role in a healthy diet.

Here are some of the ways you can benefit from consuming lemon juice

– Mix with warm water and sea salt and gargle to soothe your throat.
– Take a few sips straight or mixed with water to replenish when dehydrated.
– You can inhale lemon juice sprayed into the air to combat fatigue and anxiety.
– Mixed with water and honey, lemon juice can help people with fever or flu. Drink it every two hours until you feel better.
– Drinking warm water mixed with a few drops of fresh lemon juice can settle your stomach and reduce bloating.
– Because they contain pectin (a soluble fiber), lemons can support weight loss by increasing the feeling of fullness at mealtimes.

Other Uses of Lemons

Lemons can also have positive effects when used externally. They have powerful antibacterial properties, making them an excellent organic household cleaner.

How to eat lemons

As previously mentioned, lemons are not typically eaten on their own. However, there are many ways to add lemons to your diet.
The most popular and versatile way to consume them is by squeezing some of their juice into hot water. You can add honey and other ingredients or squeeze lemon juice into your tea.

Lemon juice is also delicious with seafood and is the main ingredient in a number of desserts, such as lemon meringue pie and the main ingredient in sodas.

There are many lemon-based recipes. Below are some examples you might want to try.

Recipes with lemons

lemon chicken

This mix of chicken, lemon and capers is impressive to serve but easy to prepare.

lemon potatoes

Try this recipe for a new twist on potatoes. Mixed with lemons, they make a tasty side dish.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

If you like shrimp, this dish is the answer.

When purchasing lemons for these recipes, be sure to store them at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If you want to use the zest or zest from lemons, opt for organic lemons to reduce your exposure to pesticides.

Sources

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* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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