Health benefits of lemons
The lemon comes from a flower plant called the Rutaceae. This plant is native to Asia for many years now the lemon has been used in food along with be used for medical purposes.
The lemon itself is intact a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron, they hold elevated levels of vitamin C and the tree produce fruits all year with one tree producing around 600lb of lemon every year
Let us have a look at the benefits of eating lemon
1. Boots immunity
2. Helps to balance pH levels
3. Flushes out unwanted substance
4. Decreases wrinkles
5. Aids with toothache
6. Helps to purify the blood
7. Improves digestive health
8. Can help towards a healthy HDL level
9. Aids with inflammatory relief
10. Reduces kidney stone formation
11. It is a natural diuretic
12. Increases energy
13. Protects cell damage
14. Fights free radicals
15. Increases iron absorption
16. Protects the skin from damage
17. Prevents asthma
18. Contains vitamin C
19. Aids with weight loss
20. Reduces cancer risks
21. The scent of lemons lowers stress levels
22. Antibacterial properties
23. Helps cure throat infections
24. Reduces fever
25. Relieves respiratory problems
26. Good for the brain and heart health
There has been many study’s that has produced evidence that suggests their are significant health benefits to eating your five a-day.
The recommendation which has been suggested by the World health organization (WHO) is 400 grams a day, this will help to lower the risks of many illnesses and diseases such as some cancers, strokes and heart attacks, it can also lower the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure and keep your immune system topped up to protect you from common colds and flu’s, and constipation.
Fruits and vegetables should be eating as a Varity to maximise their nutritional properties. Most fruit and vegetables are generally low in calories along with fat when eaten raw or cooked in a healthy way such as steaming.
Almost every fruit and vegetable will count towards your five a day, and can be eaten fresh, canned, frozen, dried or juiced. Although juiced fruit and vegetables should be kept to 150ml a day. this is because the process of juicing them will release the free sugars with in the fruit or vegetable.
What counts as a portion
80g of fresh fruit and vegetables either frozen, fresh, canned . However canned fruit and vegetables should be brought in water.
30g of dried fruits, which should be eaten with a meal to help lower the risks of tooth decay.
80g of beans and pulses
Thanks for reading my short blog on the health benefits of lemons.
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By Aaron Christopher Slade