Lemons, scientifically known as citrus limon, are tart and acidic surprisingly refreshing. Apart from the richness in flavor, lemons - our fruit of the month - are an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
According to the USDA National nutrient database one lemon can contain 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of sugar, 51% of the daily vitamin C recommendation as well as amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.
Vitamin C is not just known for relieving sore throat, colds and symptoms of flu, it is also one of the most effective natural antioxidants. The high dose of vitamin C in lemons can neutralize free radicals that can damage healthy body cells resulting in inflammation. Vitamin C can also be helpful for reducing symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Even more than that vitamin C can also stop free radicals from damaging blood vessels and reduce the risk of diabetic heart disease. Also applied topically vitamin C from lemons can help fight skin damage (caused by sun and pollution), reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
Lemons are believed to have anitbiotic, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties due to very unique flavonoid compounds.
Lemons also contain a high concentration of pectin (=soluble fiber). Soluble fiber slows the bodies digestion rate and may suppress the appetite while stabilizing blood sugar levels. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies. Pairing high in vitamin C foods, such as lemons, with iron-rich foods can result in maximizing the body's ability to absorb the iron. Lemons can be easily incorporated into a daily diet allowing mostly anyone to benefit from all the advantages the yellow fruits have to offer.
Apart from the numerous health benefits, the freshness of lemons can elevate the taste of dairy products and add a unique freshness.