Lemon is one of the most famous citrus fruits that are rich in Phenolic compounds, vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, essential oils. and carotenoids, therefore it has many health benefits for the human body. Let’s talk more about these benefits and this beautiful fruit in this article.
Benefits of lemon ;
1- Cancer-fighting: lemon contains flavonoids and some essential oils that play a role in fighting cancer, it also contains some components that stimulate cancer cell death and prevent their reproduction.
2- helps to fight obesity and weight gain due to the citric acid it contains, which works to raise the rate of burning in the body and reduce the risk of obesity. Generally, the pectin in citrus peels increases the feeling of fullness and reduces the amounts of food and calories consumed.
3- Some of the flavonoids that have been founded in lemon have a role in decreasing cholesterol and lipid in the blood.
4- Lemon juice has anti-bacterial qualities.
5- The essential oils in lemons act as anti-bacterial, fungal, and viral agents, while Citral is the main essential oil in lemons that possesses antiviral properties.
6- Numerous studies have shown the role of Naringin and Naringenin in citrus fruits and grapes in fighting high blood sugar, atherosclerosis, reducing the active inflammatory state in the body, fighting oxidation and reducing oxidative stress, fighting obesity, cholesterol, and high blood pressure, in addition to their role in heart and liver cells protection.
7- Reducing the risk of developing kidney stones: the citric acid in lemon helps increase the amount of urine and reduces its acidity, which reduces the appropriate conditions for the formation of stones.
8- The hesperidin founded in lemon can help in treating (Rheumatoid arthritis).
9- Daily lemon intake can reduce systolic blood pressure.
10- Lemon can compensate a part of vitamin C in Scurvy cases, which caused due to Vitamin C decreasing.
11- Reducing the risk of anemia since it contains vitamin C and citric acid, which improve iron absorption of food.
12- Promote the health of the digestive system: since lemon contains dissolved fibers such as pectin, which reduces the speed of digestion of both starches and sugars, which may contribute to lowering the level of sugar in the blood. To obtain these benefits you should not only drink lemon juice but eat the lemon whole with Scales also.
13- Strength the immune system: this is because lemon contains good amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system against germs that cause influenza or cold, also vitamin C can enhance the immunity of people who perform high-intensity physical activities. Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps to reduce the duration of colds, but it does not reduce the risk of getting it.
14- Reducing the risk of asthma: people who eat high amounts of certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, are less likely to develop asthma.
Disadvantages of lemon :
it may cause some side effects ;
- It has been founded that eating lemon may affect dental health if the enamel is damaged.
- It may cause irritation when coming into contact with the skin of people who suffer from dermatitis.
- Drinking lemon juice affects people with mouth ulcers.
- People with Gastroesophageal reflux disease are advised to avoid lemons, because it may worsen the symptoms of heartburn.