Lemon peels can boost the immune system, lower cholesterol levels, and even help to prevent cancer. Lemon peels are also antimicrobial, which means that they protect against bacterial and fungal infections. Many studies have confirmed that lemons have 22 anti-cancer compounds which may have an even bigger effect than chemotherapy. For instance, the Modified citrus pectin which comes from the pulp and rids of lemons (and other citrus fruits also) has the ability to prevent the spread of prostate, breast and skin cancer to other organs. Lemons also contain Limonoids, which are phytochemicals that can slow down the growth of the cancerous cell. Some studies even suggest that limonoids can even kill the cancerous cells.
According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia, citrus fruits can reduce the risk of stomach, mouth, larynx, and pharynx cancer by an amazing 50%.
In addition to their cancer-fighting properties, lemons also help the digestion and detoxification. They help the liver to produce bile, which allows the food to keep moving through the body and gastrointestinal tract.
Lemons are also rich in vitamin C, and the high content of antioxidants found in vitamin C helps the body to fight the damage caused by free radicals. This is very important because it heals the whole body and rejuvenates the skin.
Lemons have been found to fight free radical damage resulting in healthy, youthful skin
Sipping lemon water has also been found to help you lose weight due to the type of fiber found in lemons. Pectin helps you feel full longer meaning you can manage the pesky cravings easier. Lemons have also been found to boost energy levels without the caffeine crash resulting in lower stress levels and mood improvement.
Many people enjoy lemonade, but are cautious of the sugar content. Refined sugars have been linked to numerous health issues, but it is possible to enjoy your lemonade and protect your health. Try this healthy lemonade recipe. If you are vegan, feel free to substitute the honey for coconut sugar, agave, or maple syrup.
Raw Honey Lemonade
– 1 cup raw honey
– 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
– 6 cups filtered water
Mix raw honey and lemon juice in a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds, then add water and blend again until well combined.