The World of Lemons!
Do you like lemons?
For centuries lemons have been considered real medicines that can help the body in the treatment or the prevention of some diseases.
Although lemon origins are uncertain, it is thought that the first place where it grew up was China. Here lemons were probably cultivated even before the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), an Indian region of Assam.
There are just two types of leons in terms of flavor: acidic and sweet.
Only the acidic lemons are grown commercially, while the sweet types are used such as ornamental fruits.
However, there are various types of lemons, which differ in shape, peel or size.
Kaffir limes: They are very used in the Southeast Asian cooking, but they don’t contain enough juice as the traditional lemons.
Key limes: They come from Mexico and they have a very acid taste.
Meyer lemons: Imported from China, this category is an “ibrid” between lemons and oranges
Tahiti limes: This type of lemons can be divided into Persian limes, which are oval and egg-sized and Bearss limes, which are smaller than the Persians ones.
In addition, according to many studies, lemons are very good for health. Why?
Let’s discover some benefits!
1) They help the pH balance of the body:
In this way, the balanced Ph would also prevent the onset of osteoporosis, promote a good daily rest and improve digestion.
2) They help intestine:
Lemons (and their juice) are considered to be able to promote intestinal activity, with particular reference to the peristaltic movements. This contributes to the elimination of waste from the body. encouraging the natural regularity. What do you have to do? In this case you can add some lemon juice to a glass of warm water. Drink it in the early morning!
3) They prevent colds:
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, which help the body to fight colds. In this case, lemons can be used in conjunction with ginger for the preparation of infusions. Vitamin C also helps to facilitate the absorption of iron by the body.
4) They purify the liver:
The lemon juice is considered an excellent stimulant for the liver and is also considered to be capable of promoting the elimination of uric acid. Lemon juice acts by implementing a real purification activity of the liver, especially when it is consumed in the morning (with empty stomach) and diluted in a glass of water.
5) They make your cholesterol lower:
According to some theories, one of the components present in the peel of lemons, which is named tangeritina, may be able to control the levels of cholesterol in the blood.
6) They dissolve the kidney stones:
This is possible because lemons have an high content of citric acid. So add lemon juice to your diet, because it would help you in the prevention and in the treatment of urinary stones.
7) They make your skin more beautiful:
Thanks to their properties, the lemon juice is beneficial for skin care. You just have to dilute a few drops of it in the water. What is the result? It will appear a perfect natural tonic for your face!
8) They reinforce blood vessels:
The consumption of lemons and their juice is considered beneficial in order to strengthen the blood vessels. This is possible thanks to their content of vitamin P, which is also able to contribute to the prevention of internal bleeding. In addition, the vitamin lemons can be effective in regulating blood pressure.
9) They promote digestion:
In the traditional Indian medicine (known as Ayurveda), lemons fruits are already considered able to stimulate the action of the “digestive fire”, improving the ability of our body to absorb nutrients. In case of indigestion you should drink lemon juice, adding a pinch of salt and black pepper.
In addition, according to this type of medicine, lemons are good for eyes health.
10) They can help in breathing:
It is a very useful advice to those who do sports such as hiking or climbing at high altitude. In case of breathing difficulties or high in the mountains oxygen depletion, the lemon juice would be a really effective remedy. This theory was stated by Edmund Hillary, who was the first man to climb Everest. He claimed that much of his success in the mission was possible thanks to the consumption of lemons. That’s incredible!
11) They have antibacterial properties:
Lemons would be effective against microorganisms that can generate typhoid, malaria, cholera and diphtheria. For instance, their juice and the pulp are indispensable allies in the preparation of natural detergents for cleaning the house and washing the dishes.
11) They eliminate intestinal parasites
Intestinal parasites are unwanted guests that can be eliminated caring your own alimentation- However it is possible to eliminate them drinking a glass of warm water in which you have to dilute the juice of half lemon. This drink must be taken every morning. Furthermore, to eliminate intestinal parasites it is recommended to enrich the alimentation with fruits and vegetables, eliminating packaged junk food.
12) They have anti-cancer properties
Some scientists have identified in lemons many elements from anticancer properties, including limonene naturally present in them. These elements would be able to stop or slow down the development of tumors within the body. However, these results should be tested on human beings: these studies have been reported just in the animal world.
14) They help your eyes:
The symptoms of certain eye diseases, including retinopathy caused by diabetes, would be able to improve thanks to rutin, a component present in lemons. Rutin would also be able to strengthen capillaries and counteract the negative effects caused by cholesterol from oxidative phenomena on our body.
15) They promote the production of energy thanks to their vitamins.
These are just some of the various benefits of lemons.
It’s obvious that if you try to add them to food, you will feel better.
So, in what dishes is possible to add lemons?
with vegetables to enrich smoothies or juices
With meat, for instance with chicken
and so on…