Lemons offer a simple way to add fresh taste and extra nutritional value to fish, teas, salads and a number of other dishes. Lemons are an excellent source of the antioxidant, Vitamins C, which travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals both inside and outside our cells. Vitamin C is necessary for the function of a healthy immune system. They are also considered a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron and magnesium, and a very good source for dietary fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and copper.
Along with great immune support lemons have some very special benefits.
Fight cancer. The vitamin C in lemons and lemon juice help fight the formation of the free radicals which are believed to cause cancer.
Prevent anemia. Eating foods that are high in vitamin C along with dietary sources of iron helps the body absorb iron. Try some lemon on that spinach salad!
Promote weight loss. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition found that lemon polyphenols can suppress diet-induced obesity, including that dangerous belly fat!
Promote colon health. The' pectin fiber in lemons is not only beneficial for colon health, it is a powerful antibacterial.
Support brain and heart health. The potassium in lemons supports heart health and brain and nerve function.
Maintain healthy skin. Vitamin C is necessary for the formation of collagen, ollagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is regarded as the substance that holds the whole body together and can be found in the bones and helps fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution.
Don't forget the peel! Also an excellent source of vitamin C, lemon zest is full of flavanoids and is known to be an excellent antioxidant.
Add some lemon to your daily regimen; you'll feel better ... and look better too!