Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

Discover the many benefits of lemon juice. Add these tart citrus fruits to your diet and improve your well-being!

Like other citrus fruits, lemons are rich in vitamin C. Higher blood markers of vitamin C are considered a marker of overall health, and the vitamin has been found to confer protective benefits against cardiovascular diseases, cancer and stroke, and improve eye health and immunity. Just a quarter cup of juice contains nearly half your recommended daily intake of the vitamin—although for greatest health benefits, you actually want to aim for about five times the daily recommended allowance. Adding citrus juices to your diet can go a long way toward you getting there.

Another benefit of lemon is that they act as powerful antibacterial agents, capable of destroy the bacteria responsible for malaria, cholera, diphtheria and typhoid, among others. If you’re prone to canker sores, lemon juice’s antibacterial properties can help speed the healing process—simply rinse your mouth three times a day with the juice of one lemon diluted in a glass of water.

Lemon juice can also improve your diastolic blood pressure, according to a study published in the January 2011 issue of “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” The blood-pressure-lowering effect is attributed to hesperidin, a flavonoid found in all citrus fruits but that is most concentrated in lemons and oranges. Even a small reduction in diastolic blood pressure can drastically decrease incidence of coronary artery disease in those at risk.

To soothe a sore throat or ease a cough, try drinking the juice of a lemon mixed with hot water and a little honey.

The juice is also considered to be a digestive aid—it the production of stomach acid—and a liver cleanser. A shot of it can be a great pick-me-up if you find yourself fatigued. (That shot of juice will also help cure or prevent bad breath, thanks again to its antiseptic properties.)

Lemon juice, despite being acidic, has an alkaline effect on the body—regular consumption can help alleviate pain from rheumatism and other inflammation-related conditions.

While some people enjoy the sourness of pure lemon juice (especially if it’s fresh squeezed), many prefer the sourness to be balanced by sweet apples, grapes and other highly sweet fruits are ideal for making a healthy, delicious, no-sugar-added lemonade. Run some greens through the juicer with your fruits, and you’ll have yourself a refreshing, nutrient-packed green drink.

Another great way to add more lemon juice to your diet is by using a splash of it to sharpen the flavor of your smoothies. Some people achieve this with apple cider or balsamic vinegars, but lemon juice can work just as well. If you’ve ever had a smoothie that’s tasted like it’s “missing something” or “not quite there,” it’s an excellent candidate for an acidic boost.

It seems there’s no end to the benefits of lemons. If you’re not already juicing lemons, get them on your shopping list today.

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