Lemon fruit grow on lemon trees, and are a hybrid of the original citron and lime. Scientific name: Citrus limon, this citrus fruit belongs to the family of Rutaceae, in the genus, Citrus (which also includes orange, pomelo, tangerine, and grapefruit). Lemons are thought to have originated in the Himalayan foothills of North-East India, and from where they spread all across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and as far as Americas. Some people may see lemon as nothing more than a garnish, others might be experienced cooks and use it to give flavour to their dishes. Because they taste very sour and are usually not eaten as whole fruit. Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established fact that citrus fruits, especially lemons and oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits.
* Lemon fruit are an excellent source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid); provides about 88% of daily recommended intake. Ascorbic acid is a powerful water soluble natural anti-oxidant. This vitamin is helpful in preventing scurvy. Besides, consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood. As an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, lemons and lemon juice can help fight the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
* Consumed daily, lemon water is great for your skin – anti-aging and reduces acne!
The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water. They fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.
Research has shown that lemon balm has a calming effect and therefore may be able to help remove fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension. It is also believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase the efficiency of the employees. If you’re feeling tense sprinkle a few drops of lemon balm essential oil on a handkerchief to inhale. Drinking lemon water regulary will provide the potassium needed for your body, helps your brain and nervous system run smoothly. * Tooth aches, gingivitis and other mouth/gum problems can be relieved by lemon water – the antiseptic properties will aid healing, and any bleeding, swelling and pain is said to be alleviated as well.
* Lemon detoxes
One of the best health benefits of lemon is detoxing. Lemon fruit contains an antioxidant called D-limonene, proved to activate enzymes in the liver and help detoxing your body.
Potential health risks of consuming lemon fruit
Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit; however, individual reactions vary. It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.