According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), just 100 grams of lemon provides up to 53 milligrams of vitamin C. This amount is just slightly less than that of orange, which provides 53.2 milligrams per 100 gram servings. As with all citrus fruits, vitamin C is one component that is available in abundant amounts.
As a water-soluble compound, vitamin C can safely be consumed in high amounts since the body excrete any excess of the vitamin (the body cannot store it). However, health experts still suggest keeping your intake at less than 2,000 milligrams daily.
According to whFoods, a whole lemon provides about 139% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake and has 22 calories. It is important to note that the daily vitamin C requirement for men and women differ. Men need about 90 milligrams daily, while women require about 75 milligrams. You can read about an article I earlier posted about “why lemons are good to eat”.
Lemon, for a long time has been used in many ways to benefit the human health. It possesses numerous therapeutic applications that have been scientifically proven with up to date facts and data. Below is a list of some of the medicinal applications of lemon:
Lemons has been tipped by many people to ease the pain associated with mouth ulcers. Moreover, certain compound present in it gives it some antiseptic property. According to Express, Mix three drops of lemon, three of tea tree and two of myrrh essential oils with one tablespoon of sweet almond oil and apply a few drops to the ulcer with a finger every few hours or apply lemon juice several times a day.
Consumption of lemon improves overall digestion process. Just a few drops on your meal can go a long way to relieve constipation and indigestion. Also, as a great detoxifier, lemon helps the digestive system in flushing all unwanted and toxic materials out of the body.
Thanks to the vitamin C content in lemons. It is no longer in doubt that vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system by fighting off infections. It provides a significant level of assistance in helping the body to fight off colds and flu.
Bad breath is one thing that kills off self-confidence, and if you are battling with one, then lemon might be that life saver you are looking for. However, in this case, lemon is used along with honey and water. The acidic property of lemon in association with the medicinal qualities of honey helps eliminate bad breath. Its acidic content provides an unsuitable environment for the proliferation of odour-causing bacteria.
Lemon juice can be used in cases of many skin conditions, and this mostly is due to its antiseptic property. Most experts have recommended consumption of lemon juice along with honey in order to achieve its full potential effect on the skin. Regular use renders the skin healthy and glowing, and of course, makes it free from wrinkles, blemishes, and blackheads. It is also good in cases of other skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
This kind of tiny stones that forms in the interior of the kidney can be dissolved by the consumption of lemon juice, more especially when these stones are formed of uric acid. This property of lemon can be explained by its richness in organic acids that dissolve these stony materials and pass them out via the urine.
Rheumatism and arthritis
When excess uric acid is deposited in the joints, it causes rheumatic pain and arthritis. Lemon consumption can help do away with this excess uric acid: don’t forget that lemon is a great detoxifying agent as well as a diuretic.
Lemon consumption helps prevent circulatory disorders. The flavonoids found in lemon especially hesperidin helps improve the elasticity of the arteries, strengthen capillary walls and reduce blood’s tendency to clot. This makes lemon consumption highly recommended in cases of:
- Edema (fluid retention), and
- Cases where blood fluidity and circulation needs to be improved.
Hey, those are not all the beneficial effects of lemon consumption, below are even more:
- Prevents cancer
- Can be used anemia due to its high vitamin C content
- Reduces corns
- Controls blood pressure
- Can be used in case of burns
- It helps cure common cold
- It balances the body’s pH level
- Suppresses the growth of pathogenic bacteria
- Improves colon health due to its pectin fiber
- Hair case especially in cases of dandruff, hair loss, and other scalp issues.