Lemons Give Your Health a Lift

Although lemons are a really good health food, I don’t think many people really think about them when considering a healthy diet. However, they are much more than a garnish for your iced tea! When you consider that lemons are a citrus fruit, it might make it a little easier to think of them as health foods. All citrus fruits are high in flavonoids, which are antioxidants believed to fight cell damage that leads to cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.
Lemons are especially good on the cancer fighting front. They contain a compound called limonene. This special phytonutrient had been shown to have anticancer properties in laboratory animals. It seems likely that it would also have an anticancer effect for humans, too.
Citrus limonoids are also shown in tests to fight neuroblastoma tumors. They also help prevent cancers of the breast, colon, lung, mouth, skin and stomach. From research done with limonoids, scientists think they may work so well because they stay in the bloodstream for a long time. Besides all this, not only are lemons an excellent source of vitamin C, but they also contain a good amount of vitamin A, folate, calcium and potassium. They’re full of good things that are good for you!
Adding a slice of lemon to your water is one way to use fresh lemons. Of course, you can also make lemonade. A large lemon will yield about three to four tablespoons of juice, and yields more juice when warm. Rolling a lemon around under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also increase the juice yield.
Be sure to wash off the skin of the lemon before you cut it. This prevents any bacteria or dirt that was on the surface of the lemon from being transferred inside the fruit, and into the food you are going to eat. However you decide to eat lemons, you’re getting a great health food in your diet. So add some to your diet today!

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