They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but you really should do a whole lot more than that. This little citrus fruit not only offers a multitude of health benefits, they’re one of the most alkaline forming foods on Earth, which makes them great for balancing an acidic body.
Lemons were first created as a cross between a lime and a citron. It was the Arabs that first introduced them to the Europeans, and Christopher Columbus himself brought them to the New World during his second voyage in the late 15th century. A few centuries later during the California Gold Rush, lemons were commonly eaten by the miners to protect themselves against scurvy, a disease that results from a lack of vitamin C.
While lemons are well known for their high level of vitamin C, they also contain riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, calcium, and folate.
Eating lemons regularly is a great way to:
- Boost your immune system immune system
- Keep your body’s pH in balance by reducing overall acidity, which helps to lessen pain and inflammation
- Lower your cancer risk research has found that citrus fruits, including lemons, contain compounds called limonoids which have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon)
- Improve your mood and focus while reducing anxiety and depression – the scent alone has been found to boost energy and lift one’s mood
- Protect against rheumatoid arthritis
- Support the liver
- Improve digestive health
- Support weight loss efforts