5 recipes that will help you maximize the health benefits of consuming lemons
Just like apples, lemon fruit has many health benefits. Here you will find what they are, and how you can maximize the health benefits of consuming lemons and its derivatives.
To maximize the health benefits of consuming lemons, you need to understand what benefits they offer. As far as scientific research goes, lemons are good for you because they are: Antiviral, antibacterial, hepatoprotective and antioxidant.
Lemon Juice can kill the HIV virus. Yes! A study to pinpoint the virucidal effects of lemon and lime juice in HIV virus grown in laboratory, found that a 20% concentration of lime or lemon juice reduced the pH to 2.9, inactivating 90% of the virus in 2 min; a 10% concentration (pH 3.4–3.7) inactivated up to 50% in 2 min. Because of its abilities to kill HIV virus, scientists are suggesting clinical trials be done for the intravaginal use of lime or lemon juice before sex, in order to reduce the spread of HIV.
Because of its antiviral capabilities , lemon juice is widely used to treat vomiting and diarrhoea. The citric acid or citrate molecule has been observed to keep the norovirus and the cell apart by binding itself to the norovirus capsid.
Research was done to determine wether the peel of lemon homogenized in different solvents, would have any effect on the following microorganisms Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium and Micrococcus aureus. The study showed that the peel of lemon is not only an astringent but also is a good antimicrobial agent. This is an important finding as certain skin flora like Pseudomonas and Micrococcus can grow in presence of sebum, especially when it is secreted in excess, which can cause purulent skin infections.
Bactericidal activity of lemon juice and lemon derivatives was found to be effective against Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholerae disease. The Concentrated juice of lemon and essential oils inhibited V. cholerae completely at all studied dilutions and exposure times.
An animal model study designed to investigate the effect of ethanol extract of Citrus limon (lemon) in liver damage., found that the extract normalized the levels of aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and total and direct bilirubin. In the liver tissue, treatment significantly reduced the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), hence the lipid peroxidation, and raised the levels of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. It also improved the reduced glutathione (GSH) levels in treated rats. These results prove the effectiveness of ethanol extract of Citrus limon in protecting the liver.
In a research on male mice, who were exposed to a cytotoxic agent called cyclophosphamide (CP) that induces negative changes in sperm health and viability. It was found that lemon fruit extract (LFE) advanced the degree of improvement of sperm health in testes of mice treated with LFE co-administered with CP.
So here are 5 recipes that will help you maximize the health benefits of consuming lemons
1) simple lemon juice
5 whole lemons ( squeeze the juice)
6 cups of water
¾ cups of honey or agave syrup (lighter and easier to mix- works better)
2) Lemon, ginger tea
Lemon, ginger tea (ingredients)
2-1/2 cups boiling water
1 organic lemon cut into slices
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons honey (optional)
3) The nutritious drink
3 oranges (peeled)
Juice everything with the peel on, except the oranges. Mix everything to combine
4) Citrus juice
Half a pineapple, cored and no rind
Peel the lime and the oranges. Juice the oranges, lime and pineapple. Serve.
5) Orange, Lemon, carrot & ginger juice
2 Oranges, peeled
1 Lemon, peeled
1-inch piece of Ginger, peeled
10 - 12 carrots, ends trimmed
Juice all ingredients
The Lemon fruit is widely used worldwide and its scientifically proven benefits are also due to its detoxifying activity in the body, which as a result improves overall health and induces weight loss. Lemon is also used as a natural remedy to give sinus and nasal congestion relief as well as way to eliminate ants from your pantry without pesticides. Meyer Lemons, a cross between a Mandarin orange and a lemon, have been reported to prevent heartburn. So, to maximise the health benefits of consuming lemons, they should be used more often!