WEB DESK: In 1747, James Lind discovered citrus fruits like lemons were useful in preventing the scurvy some sailors developed after months at sea. Today, it’s easier to avoid scurvy’s swollen gums and painful joints, but that doesn’t mean lemons have to be relegated to a garnish for cocktails.
Lemons carry a variety of health benefits in their flesh, juice, and peel. “This sour, flavor-enhancing fruit offers numerous phytochemicals including flavonoids, limonoids and polyphenols,” says Edwina Clark, head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly.
Hopefully lemons aren’t the only thing between you and scurvy, a disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Don’t forget to include a bit of lemon in your diet — one lemon has 74 per cent of your RDA for the nutrient.
2. Load Up On Nutrients
3. Fights Anemia
Vitamin C itself doesn’t fight anemia, but it can boost the power of the iron that does prevent the condition. Eating some vitamin C with non-heme (plant) iron makes it easier for your body to absorb the iron. So squeeze a bit of lemon on your spinach salad, not only to get a boost of flavour, but also to get the full benefit of iron.
4. Boosts Mood
The bright citrus scent of lemons can help you get a burst of energy without caffeine or sugar. “Lemon is considered a stimulating scent, and one study showed it improved subjects’ moods and energy levels,” says dietitian Rene Ficek. It’s the simplest way to get a quick energy boost!
5. Body Balancing
“Fresh lemon juice added to your water daily is one of the best ways to balance your body’s pH levels,” says holistic health expert Susan Ciminelli. “Lemon juice is acidic outside the body but turns alkaline when in the system. It helps to keep inflammation such as rosacea, arthritis and heart conditions in check.”