Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, trace iron and fiber. All it takes is a little effort to squeeze 1/2 lemon into a glass of warm water, to reap the amazing health benefits of lemons. You can do this first thing in the morning and any time later in the day.
1. Boosts Immune system
The vitamin C in a lemon boosts your immune system which helps in preventing and shortening the duration of common colds. A single lemon can contain up to 30.7 mg of vitamin C (U.S. Department of Agriculture), the recommended daily amount for men being 90 mg and 75 mg for women.
The human body does not make vitamin C, nor does it store vitamin C. Hence, it is important to keep up your vitamin C levels by consuming foods that contain this vital vitamin.
2. Good for Skin
Vitamin C in lemon helps in production of collagen, improvement in collagen levels can lead to better skin texture, firmness and less wrinkles.
3. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Lemon is an age old remedy recommended by naturopaths for Urinary Tract Infections. Lemon helps in preventing UTIs by altering the PH value of the blood and the urinary tract, creating unfavorable conditions for the diseases causing bacteria to live and multiply.
4. Prevents Bad Breath
The antibacterial property of lemon helps reduce and prevent bad breath by reducing the build up of bacteria in the mouth.
Please note that lemon is not a friend to your teeth and you need to be cautious about the harmful effects of lemon on your teeth. However, you can certainly reduce and prevent the impact of lemon on the enamel of your teeth by adopting these measures:
- Diluting the concentration of lemon by adding more water
- Rinsing with water immediately after drinking lime water
- Delaying brushing of teeth by at least half an hour after drinking lemon water.
5. Helps in Calcium and Iron Absorption
Vitamin C in lemon helps in better absorption of calcium and iron by the body. These two elements are critical for health, especially for women who are prone to iron and calcium deficiency.
6. Dissolves Uric Acid
Although lemon contains acid, its overall affect on the body is alkaline. It helps in neutralizing high uric acid levels in the blood, preventing gout, and reducing pain and inflammation of the joints.
7. Good for Muscles, Heart and Nerves
The potassium in lemon can be beneficial for your heart, muscles and nerve cells. Potassium is an electrolyte required for normal functioning of the human body and plays a vital role in moving nutrients into cells and flushing out toxins.
Potassium helps to offset some of sodium’s harmful effects on blood pressure. This can benefit most, since traditional American diet is commonly lacking in potassium and has excess of sodium.
The recommended dosage for adults is 4,700 mg of potassium a day. According to MedlinePlus, both too much and too little potassium is dangerous for health.
8. Flushing out Toxins
Lemon has natural detoxifying and cleansing properties. It helps in cleaning your colon from buildup of residual waste, prevents constipation and helps promote proper fluid bowel functions.
9. Lemon Cleanses the Liver
Lemon promotes liver heath by helping it produce enzymes. Lemon water also liquefies the bile, preventing the formation of gallstones.
10. Lemon Juice for Weight Loss?
Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon in the morning is popularly believed to help in reducing weight. While lemon is certainly not a magic pill for weight loss, there are reasons to believe that lemon does indirectly contribute to weight loss.
- Lemon juice contains fewer calories than most other drinks (less than 25 calories). By drinking lemon water you are in a way substituting it for some other sugar filled drink.
- Lemon contains fiber, which makes you feel fuller and reduces your craving for food.
- Lemon due to its vitamin C content helps in better calcium absorption. According to Dr. Atkins, more calcium in the cells is beneficial for stimulating fat burn in the body.
Bonus: Nutritional Data For Lemons
Finally you can take a look at nutritional data for lemons as provided by USDA. These figures represent nutritional values that you can get from a cup of raw unpeeled lemons, equivalent to 212 grams (about 5 lemons).
Calories, Fats and Sugar
- 61 calories
- 19.8 gram Carbohydrates
- 5.9 gram of dietery fiber
- 5.3 gram of sugars
- 55.1 mg Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- 134mg Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Vitamins in Lemons
- Vitamin A 46.6IU
- Vitamin C 112mg
- Vitamin E 0.3mg
- Thiamin 0.1mg
- Niacin 0.2mg
- Vitamin B6 0.2mg
- Folate 23.7mcg
- Pantothenic Acid 0.4mg
- Choline 10.8mg
Minerals in Lemons
- Calcium 17.1mg
- Iron 0.1mg
- Magnesium 17.0mg
- Phosphorus 33.9mg
- Potassium 293mg
- Sodium 4.2mg
- Zinc 0.1mg
- Copper o.1mg
- Selenium 0.8mcg