Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Top 5 lemon juice benefits that you must know

Nothing can beat the feeling of having lemon water on a hot summer day. Lemon water is considered a healthy drink that keeps you hydrated. Lemon juice or lemonade is a commonly consumed drink in India and also served to guests.

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Lemon Juice Benefits

Many people in this world love this small, tangy fruit because it is packed with powerful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Read on to know the lemon juice benefits and what makes it a healthy drink.

What makes lemon beneficial?
A lemon contains –
  • Vitamin A, B-6  and high vitamin C 
  • Low calories, fat, and protein
  • Fiber
  • Thiamin, Riboflavin  and pantothenic acid
  • Magnesium, zinc, manganese, potassium, folate, sodium, phosphorous, iron and calcium
This list itself gives a hint of why lemon added to water makes it a wonderful health drink.  

Why a lot of people consume lemon juice daily?

Because it helps in weight loss:- Lemon is low in calories so replacing high-calorie beverages with lemon water may help you reduce weight. Besides fat loss, lemon water keeps us hydrated and increases body metabolism.

Because it helps in digestion:- Lemon is rich in soluble fiber - pectin and is beneficial in relieving you from constipation. You can take lemon water as a daily morning laxative to keep your digestive system moving. Lemon water is known to prevent dry mouth and bad breath. 
  
Because it increases iron absorption:- Iron deficiency leads to anemia. Taking lemon juice rich in vitamin C will increase iron absorption and decrease the symptoms of anemia.  

Because it contains citric acid:- Lemon contains a high level of citric acid which prevents the formation of kidney stones. Taking lemon water as a part of your diet may improve kidney health.  

Because it is rich in vitamin C:- Do you know that you can have 31% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C just from a quarter cup of lemon juice? 

How does vitamin C help you?

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic and has the potential to reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Vitamin C further benefits our body by –
  • Stimulating the production of white blood cells 
  • Neutralizing free radicals that cause cancer 
  • Reducing the level of bad LDL cholesterol, which is good for heart health
  • Preventing sun damage, skin drying, and wrinkling
  • Keeping  Scurvy away, a serious health condition caused by vitamin C deficiency 
  • Producing collagen much-needed tissue that keeps the skin intact and maintains a healthy complexion
  • Reducing the duration of cold and flu
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Fighting dandruff and itchy scalp 
Why excessive consumption of lemon juice is bad for health?
  • Lemon Juice enhances heartburn in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • The citric acid present in lemon can dissolve tooth enamel
  • People with mouth ulcers may experience stinging sensation on taking lemon 
Wrap up:- Lemon reduces the heart disease risk, prevents kidney stones, decreases the risk of cancer, prevent anemia, improves skin health, aids in digestion, and supports weight loss. There are plenty of lemon juice benefits and a vast literature is available on this topic. Daily consumption of lemon juice or lemon water or adding lemon to desserts, salads, teas or Mediterranean dishes, will help you reap all the benefits. 

Lemon is the cheapest food and available in the market throughout the year. So, when life gives you lemons, make most of it. Stay hydrated and healthy!

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