The benefits of lemon are manifold. Lemon, in fact, is used for its beneficial and therapeutic properties.
The benefits of lemon… Lemon is remembered for millennia, the same Greeks imported it from Asia, as the Romans used it for its therapeutic properties that we will see shortly.
Let’s see, in the meantime, the composition of lemon before going to analyze what are the benefits of lemon for our health.
The lemon belongs to the Rutaceae family and can reach, as a plant, to be up to 5 meters. The properties of lemon fruit and its health benefits are many, as are the many practical uses.
The lemon is basically composed of water in a percentage equal to almost 90% of its weight, below are the master carbohydrates with about 9 g per 100 g, the fibers with about 3 g per 100 g of lemon and vitamin C , with the astronomical concentration of about 50 mg per 100 g of lemon.
The properties and the benefits of lemon are based mainly on citric acid, vitamin C that are contained in the lemon. But equally important are phosphorus, calcium, manganese and vitamins A, B, PP contained in the lemon. We see, among many others, some of the beneficial properties of lemon:
- Lemon excellent antioxidant qualities thanks to the high vitamin C content, it said that 100 grams of fruit contain about 50 mg. Antioxidants are important to counteract the action of free radicals which in turn are responsible for the aging of cells and almost all degenerative diseases.
- Lemon is also characterized by properties antiscorbutic, remember the fact that ships in the past was present scurvy because of the lack of fresh fruit.
- The lemon also has detoxifying properties can clean our body. It says so on the assumption of the first morning of fasting lemon juice that would gut rebalancing effects.
- Paradoxically lemon fights the gastric acidity, despite being very acid, by the action of potassium carbonate
- Additional benefits of lemon are found in the treatment of atherosclerosis, and in the excess of cholesterol in the excess of uric acid
- The lemon also has important antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is in fact often used to treat certain skin diseases
Finally it is argued that the intake and consumption with some lemon regularity would also preventive efficacy against particular cancers such as those of the stomach and intestines.
Lemon contraindications, unlike what one might expect for its high acidity, are very few. The only thing to keep in mind, when it is taken, is not to add hot water as vitamin C would be compromised in its beneficial properties. Finally, like any thing you want to take, that is the well-known principle of not to overdo it, ever, even water can indeed die!