Rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, lemons help strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. Gargling with warm lemon water will help bring relief to a sore throat and drinking warm lemon water can help cure a cold and clear mucus (phlegm). As an antioxidant, vitamin C benefits skin by keeping it even-toned and preventing acne and wrinkles from forming.
Lemons contain flavonoids, another powerful antioxidant, which boosts the potency of vitamin C and help protect eye health. Flavonoids also improve blood flow, which helps maintain normal blood pressure and reduce inflammation. And speaking of blood, lemon juice is a blood purifier.
Modified citrus pectin and limonoids found in lemons have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
Lemons are a great source of fiber. Pectin fiber in lemons protects colon health and acts as a powerful antibacterial.
Lemons are also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. The potassium content in lemons helps nourish brain and nerve cells, and is crucial for heart function. Calcium and magnesium in lemons helps build strong bones.
The citric acid in lemons helps dissolve gall bladder stones, kidney stones, and other calcium build ups that are dangerous to the body. And while lemons are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect on the body.
Phosphorous improves digestion, and lemon juice aids digestion by encouraging the production of digestive juices (bile). And lemon juice can help relieve the indigestion and excess gas. A glass of concentrated lemon juice can give heart burn relief.
Lemons help the liver eliminate toxins by stimulating natural enzymes. A glass of lemon juice early in the morning helps flush toxins out of your body. Lemons also help balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver.
Electrolytes in lemons help replenish body salts, keeping the body in balance.
Remember, you should be drinking roughly half your body weight (in ounces) of water daily. Squeezing fresh lemon juice into your water assures that you will get the benefits of lemons every day.