Why You Should Say Yes To Lemon in Your Water Every Chance You Get

December 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

Lemons are one of the most powerful food-medicines on the planet. Studies show they can aid in healing from all kinds of illness and have dozens of potent health-promoting properties.

One raw lemon with the peel provides 139% of your daily value of vitamin C. Lemons are also a good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.


Below is a list of nine amazing health benefits of lemons according to studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals:

1. Anti-cancer. Studies published in BioMed Research International and Pharmacognosy Communications have shown the essential oil of lemons, found in their peels, inhibits the growth of several types of cancer including breast, colon, and cervical cancer.

Other studies published in Nutrients and Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry found the flavonoids in lemons help prevent esophageal cancer and kill leukemia cells.

2. Reduces Blood Pressure. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showed a daily dose of lemon, along with walking, significantly reduced blood pressure in Japanese women.

3. Improves Cholesterol. A 2016 study published in The International Journal of Preventative Medicine shows a combination of garlic and lemon juice significantly reduced LDL cholesterol and blood pressure and improved lipid levels in people with high cholesterol.

4. Prevents Kidney Stones. A 2014 study published in the Korean Journal of Urology shows the citric acid of lemons and other citrus fruits binds with calcium oxalate crystals to prevent  kidney stone growth.

5. Mood Enhancer. A 2008 study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology the aroma of lemon essential oil was more effective in improving mood than aromatherapy involving the use of lavender essential oil.

6. Stress Reducer. A 2004 study on rats published in Brain Research found the odor of lemon essential oil reduced levels of the stress hormone corticosterone. Long-term exposure induced “significant changes in neuronal circuits involved in anxiety and pain.”

7. Weight loss. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed lemon peel polyphenols suppressed diet-induced obesity and improved insulin resistance and lipid metabolism in rats.

8. Constipation relief. A 2005 study published in the Journal of the Korean Academy of Nursing showed lemon aroma therapy relieved constipation in the elderly.

9. Younger skin. A 2015 study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found that topically applied vitamin C is “highly efficient as a rejuvenation therapy, inducing significant collagen synthesis in all age groups.” Since lemons are super high in vitamin C, adding a little lemon juice to your face cream could keep your skin looking young.

The peel is at least as nutritious as the juice, so don’t forget to zest your lemons!