6 Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

January 14, 2020
If the acidity of lemon juice is too much for you, try mixing it with water and adding stevia or another natural sweetener. Just don't use sugar, because that will take away from its benefits.

Fresh lemon juice that’s squeezed at home is something that’s easy to obtain. It’s also very simple to use and great for your health. We’re going to tell you about its medicinal properties and you may be inspired to consume it more often.

Your health may improve just by adding this simple daily habit to your routine. Try it out!

How to make lemon juice

Lemons which will be used to make lemon juice.

Lemon juice is extracted from the pulp of a lemon when you squeeze it.

To enhance the beneficial properties, we recommend always choosing organic lemons. That way, you can eat the rind, which is very rich in nutrients, according to a study from the National Agrarian University of la Selva.

If it’s not organic, however, leave the rind out because of the significant amount of pesticides it may contain.

If you use the entire lemon, all you need to do is cut it into four pieces, add it to your food processor or blender. Then blend it for one minute with a cup of water (200 ml). You’ll strain off the liquid and your lemon juice will be ready.

If you’ve kept the rind, this beverage will have a slightly bitter flavor, in addition to the normal acidity of the juice. You can add a little pure stevia if the taste is too bitter, but avoid using sugar because it will take away from the natural benefits.

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1. It’s a powerful antioxidant

A study from the University of Alabama Huntsville confirmed that lemon juice is a powerful antioxidant. As a result, it helps prevent the harmful effects that free radicals have on the body. It contains lots of Vitamin C, as well as flavonoids, and beta-carotene, among others.

That’s why eating antioxidant-rich foods like lemon juice can help you stay healthy.

Lemon is one of the most cleansing foods that exists. That means it helps clear the body of toxins that might accumulate. It encourages good liver function, according to a study from Sun Yat-sen University.

The calcium and potassium in lemons helps fight fluid retention and improves your kidney’s ability to cleanse your bloodstream. That explains why it helps fight fluid retention, and, consequently, helps regulate blood pressure.

2. Lemon helps alkalinize your body

Four lemons in a bowl.

Lemon juice, despite being acidic, helps neutralize excess acid in the stomach and increase the pH of your bloodstream and your whole body in general.

When your body is too acidic, you’re much more easily affected by a variety of diseases, such as cancer. Some studies show that daily lemon consumption can even help prevent certain types of cancer.

3. It protects the heart

As we mentioned before, lemons contain large amounts of Vitamin C which, according to this study from the University of Connecticut, could help protect your cardiovascular system. Lemon also contains hesperidin, and rutin, along with a variety of antioxidants.

These improve the elasticity of your veins and arteries, preventing diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and arteriosclerosis.

4. It helps you lose weight

Lemon put into water to add flavor to it.

People think that lemon juice stimulates the metabolism and helps dissolve fat.

That would be made possible by its high levels of vitamin C, pectin, and caffeine. However, there aren’t any studies to back up this claim.

Lemon does help you feel full longer, so taking it between meals is a natural way to control your appetite.

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5. It improves digestion

As unlikely as it might seem, citrus peels can help your digestive system. That’s according to a study from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in India.

Tea with a little lemon juice added to it, lemon juice on an empty stomach, salad dressing with lemon juice… Any of these are very effective supplements for improving your digestion overall. You can replace vinegar with lemon juice in all sorts of salads and dressings, and add it to any stews or baked dishes. It will add a nice zest to desserts.

Remember: When you add lemon juice to your meals it also improves your absorption of iron, thus helping fight anemia naturally.

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