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Lemon- Less known benefits of Lemon

27 July, 2021 Ananya Das

The yellow, ellipsoidal, sour, and acidic fruit of a small evergreen tree of Rutaceae flowering plant family belonging primarily to Northeast India (Assam) is lemon. They adequately grow in an environment where the surrounding temperature is a minimum of 45 deg centigrade.

The sour and acidic nature of this fruit, primarily is the result of its 5%-6% citric acid content which maintains a pH of around 2.2. The qualities of the fruit that make it an eligible candidate to be used for various purposes, preparing refreshing summer drinks to use for cleaning purposes.

Some of the various essential contents of lemon that provides it with its qualities are as follows:

  • Vitamins
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin B-6
  • Phytochemicals
    • Terpene
    • Tannins
    • Polyphenols
  • Citric acid
  • Negligible fat
  • Minerals
    • Iron
    • Calcium
    • Cobalamin
    • Magnesium

Let us look at the various benefits of lemon that are not very pronounced:

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The above infographic is a short description of lemon benefits. Below we explain all points in details 

  • Prevents Bad breath: Bad breath, considered to be caused primarily by bacteria present in the mouth. These can be eliminated or controlled by drinking lemon water daily morning. Lemon helps in stimulating saliva formation whereas water helps in eliminating the dryness of the mouth. Also, if you have eaten garlic, onion, or any strong-smelling food then, also drink lemon water to cover that smell. Thus, overall preventing bad breath.

  • Promotes skin health: The vitamin C content of lemon provides it with the properties that help in reducing the formation of wrinkles provides hydration and thus lowers the aging process which is known to occur fast on dry skin. So, drink lemon-based drinks often to retain skin moisture and prevent faster aging and wrinkles.
  • Enhances Iron absorption: The iron content of lemon is quite less but, it possesses a significant amount of vitamin C and citric acid that are best known to promote the absorption of iron from animal-based food products like fish, meats, and chicken. This action occurs in the guts and promotes the protection of the body against anemia which is primarily known as an iron-deficiency disease.
  • Avoids kidney stone formation: The citric acid content of lemon makes it a perfect choice for the purpose. The citric acid acts to increase the volume and pH of urine hence eliminating the possible environment that leads to the formation of kidney stones. Kidney stones are crystalline, small lumps forming within your kidney and cause severe pain. So, better start lemon juice and drink consumption for future protection against kidney stones.
  • Gelling and stabilizing agent: The peel of lemons is being utilized to prepare pectin, a polysaccharide, and is known best for providing stabilization to certain food items. It is also known to act as a gelling agent.
  • Marinating agent: The acid of lemon juice helps to a great extent to neutralize the amines present in fishes by converting them to ammonium salts and hydrolyzes the tough collagen fibers of meat partially, therefore, tenderizing it. Hence, lemon juice is employed to marinade fish and meats before final dish preparation.
  • Aromatherapy: The fragrance of lemon oil is considered to promote relaxation in the mind and body. It is not found to promote any advantage to the functioning of the human immune system but soothes the nerves. Hence, is being employed to perform aromatherapy.
  • Natural bleach: The citric acid content of this fruit provides it with this quality. It is found that if moistened hair are exposed to sunlight before application of lemon juice which acts as a highlighter. The citric acid acts on the spot to enhance the blonde color of the hair.
  • Preservative action: Lemon juice is considered to act as a short-term preservative to prevent the oxidation of certain foods that pose the tendency to turn brown after being cut due to the presence of certain browning enzymes. The acid of lemon works to denature the enzyme and preserves the food from rotting & browning.

Outlook:

Lemon is such a versatile fruit that can be employed to accomplish various tasks of daily life. It enhances the taste of any food and provides health and skin benefits due to its rich nutritional contents. Yet, due to its acidic nature, it can not be taken too much but should be included in daily meals in smaller quantities. So, consume lemon with all its benefits and enjoy a healthy life.