The Properties of a Lemon Peel Infusion
Many people don’t know that a lemon peel infusion has as many health properties as the fruit and its juice. It’s pretty common worldwide and you can find it at most grocery stores.
In fact, most of us usually throw away the peel without realizing it has 5 to 10 times more nutrients than the juice. Vitamin A and vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene and potassium among others.
What are the properties of a lemon peel infusion?
In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, lemon peel contains highly nutritional substances such as lemon essential oil, citronella and phellandrene.
Furthermore, lemon peel is rich in antioxidants and contains a large amount of:
- Vitamin C
- Citric, malic, and formic acid
It also contains salvestrol Q40 and limonella, two active ingredients that could counteract cancer cells in their early stages, especially in cases of breast, colon and skin cancers.
Because of its high vitamin C and flavonoid contents, lemon peel helps clean blood vessels, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. It’s also recommended to strengthen the immune system and prevent diseases such as flu, colds and some infections.
It also contains calcium and other bone strengthening essential minerals so it helps prevent osteoporosis.
Furthermore, lemon peel juice, its infusion, is recommended to relieve intestinal gas, reduce abdominal inflammation, improve digestion, and eliminate waste.
Because of its high antioxidant content, lemon peel juice protects and decongests the liver and eliminate bad toxins and impurities.
Just like lemon juice, the peel has alkalizing properties that help regulate your body’s pH.
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How to make lemon peel beverages
It’s really easy to make a refreshing and nourishing lemon peel beverage.
- 1 organic lemon with the peel
- 2 c. of water
- Honey to taste
Firstly, wash the lemon and then mix it in a blender with the water and a tablespoon of honey. Then, add some ice if you prefer to drink it cold.
The result is similar to a traditional lemonade, with a slightly different touch provided by the peel.
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Other ways to take advantage of this fruit
Lemon peel infusion
Would you rather take advantage of lemon peel in its traditional form? Then, follow these steps to make a simple recipe for a delicious infusion.
- 2 organic lemons with their peels
- 1 qt. of water
- Honey (optional)
Firstly, boil the lemon peels in the water for 15 minutes. Then, remove from heat and add the juice of the two lemons. Finally, sweeten it with honey or the sweetener of your choice.
One of the most popular and tasty ways to take advantage of the properties of lemon peel is to zest it.
Firstly, wash the lemon and freeze them. Then, finely grate them. You can add this zest to your salads, juices, fish, meats, desserts, or hot drinks, among others.
Finally, use organic lemons, free of pesticides for maximum benefits You’re not sure where your lemons came from? Disinfect them by soaking them for 15 minutes in a solution of water and apple cider vinegar, equal parts. This will remove traces of pesticides and other chemicals used during cultivation.It might interest you...
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