Lemons are widely cultivated and distributed for culinary and non culinary purposes. This fruit is native to Asia and is known for its sour juice. Lemon juice has a pH of 2-3 and about 6% of it is citric acid thus making it an inexpensive and readily available source of acid for either educational purposes (experiments during science class) or culinary. Today, there are a number of consumers who buy lemon without knowing lemons health benefits. Now is the time to know some of the many healthful benefits of lemons.
The sour taste of lemon juice proves that it has a good source of vitamin C. one-fourth cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice could actually provide 45% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for its immune boosting capability by simply neutralizing free radicals in the body. Free radicals in the body decreases the capability of the immune system to fight off infection, hastens aging, and attack cell membranes which triggers inflammation thus neutralizing it helps wade off infection and other diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Wrinkles, decreased muscle tone and dull eyes can also be prevented by adding lemon juice in your daily diet.
Lemon juice has some anti bacterial properties. Its citric acid component is very effective in treating acne. A squeeze of lemon juice can be applied on the face over night using a cotton ball and then in the morning, the face is rinsed with clean water. On the other note, lemon juice can also be used to treat cuts or wounds because of its antiseptic capability. There are no adverse interactions or side effects that can be experienced with lemon juice unlike with other chemical based anti septic. It should be noted that lemon juice applied directly on a fresh wound may sting a little bit.
For those with bad breath or halitosis, worry not. Gargling with lemon water can do the trick. To make lemon water, simply squeeze one lemon fruit on a glass of water. It is that easy. A bite of lemon fruit after a meal can also help if you do not have any time to make lemon water.
Lemon juice is rich in pectin. Pectin plays a significant role in lowering the cholesterol level in the body. If used together with garlic, there is no way for cholesterol build up on the blood vessels walls.
Aside from lemon juice, lemon scent also has some healthy benefits and one of which is its calming effect. Research shows that lemon scent can help decrease anxiety level, and remove the following: dizziness, fatigue, tension, nervousness and exhaustion. With this in mind, lemon air fresheners are actually beneficial in the workplace because of its capability to remove stress and increase efficiency of the workers.