Most of us know the many benefits of a citrus fruit like lemon, but we almost always miss out on half of its benefits, in other words, its peel. Traditionally, many of us are used to using only lemon juice, whether it’s for culinary or medicinal purposes. However, what we don’t know is that many curative properties are found in lemon peel because it contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than its juice.
What Are the Benefits of Lemon Peel?
- There are very important medicinal substances in lemon peel like its essential oil, citronella, phellandrene, vitamin C, citric acid, malic acid, formic acid, hesperidin, or pectins, among others.
- Among its properties, they have found that lemon peel is a powerful eliminator of toxins from the body and, as a result, has a rejuvenating effect as well.
- It fights abdominal bloating, reducing intestinal gas as well.
- Helps cleanse the liver thanks to its detoxifying effects which stimulate the elimination of toxic substances and waste.
- Boosts digestion and prevents constipation problems.
- Because of its high content of vitamin C and other vitamins, it is a powerful immune system strengthener that helps prevent infections, colds, flu, and respiratory problems.
- Boosts blood alkaline.
- Help reduce high blood pressure levels.
- Fights nervousness.
- Eliminates excess oil from the skin, thanks to its astringent properties.
- Helps lighten dark spots on the skin and teeth.
- Has a powerful anti-carcinogenic effect that could help break up malignant tumors.
Lemon Peel Against Cancer
Recent studies have found that lemon peel has very powerful substances that could be up to 10 times more effective than chemotherapy when fighting cancerous cells. Its detoxifying effects and a lot of nutrients it contains could be key in its benefit in preventing and fighting some kinds of cancers.
The study, which was recently published, showed that after over 20 tests since 1970, they discovered that lemon peel extract can destroy malignant cells of up to 12 kinds of cancers, among which include breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, among others. The most amazing part of it all is that lemon peel does not have side effects on the body, unlike many other cancer treatment drugs.
How to Use the Benefits of Lemon Peels
Lemon peels are often used only for desserts and other culinary recipes that require this characteristic bitter touch. However, keeping in mind that many benefits of lemon peel, we can start to include it more frequently in our diet by following these tips:
- Wash the lemon well and put it in the freezer for as long as necessary for it to freeze well. Once it is frozen, you can grate it to use its peel or you can also choose to blend it. You can sprinkle lemon zest on your soups, salads, juices, noodles, sauces, rice, sushi, fish dishes, among others.
- When you want to enjoy a lemonade, blend it with the peel and all in order to take advantage of 100% of the lemon’s benefits. The flavor will be a little different, but it will still be delicious and very refreshing.
- Use lemon zest to give a special touch to your whiskey, wine, or vodka cocktails.
Lemon Peel Tea
Lemon peel tea is another excellent option to take advantage of all of the benefits of frequently eating an entire lemon. This tea is great for detoxifying the body, eliminating toxins, and fighting the free radicals that accumulate in your body as a consequence of pollution, chemical products, cigarette smoke, or a poor diet, among others. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial and prevents colds because of its high content of vitamin C.
- 1 liter of water
- The peel and juice from 2 lemons
- Honey or stevia
- First, heat the liter of water on high along with the peel from the two lemons and let it boil for 15 minutes.
- When the recommended time has passed, remove it from the heat and add the juice from the two lemons.
- Lastly, sweeten it with a little bit of honey or stevia.
You can drink lemon tea cold or hot after every meal except for breakfast. It’s better to drink it before breakfast (on an empty stomach).