Although lemons are an acidic food, once they are broken down in your body by the digestive process they have an alkalising effect. This has many health benefits and is particularly valuable if you have a diet high in acid-forming foods such as red meat, sugar, dairy, refined carbohydrates and processed foods. When your body is acidic, it encourages the growth of bad bacteria, yeast, viruses and other unfriendly micro-organisms and it increases inflammation and fatigue.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and an important water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C neutralises free radicals in the body, both inside and outside cells. Free radicals are responsible for causing inflammation and damaging healthy cells.
Flavonoids belong to a group of natural substances occurring in the diet and have many beneficial effects on your health. Hesperidin is one of the major flavonoids found in lemons.
Hesperidin possesses significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research has shown that it is due to these properties that hesperidin exerts cardioprotective, anti-cancer and neuroprotective effects. Inflammation is involved in the onset and development of several chronic conditions, such as arteriosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and even cancer. Hesperidin’s ability to cross the blood–brain barrier is thought to be a factor in the role it could potentially play for intervention in neurodegeneration.
Lemons have a wide array of healthy impacts on your body. Benefits include:
- High in vitamin C
- Contain vitamin A
- Have a high mineral content including calcium, magnesium and potassium
- Are antioxidant
- Are antibacterial (these properties of the acids help to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination in food)
- Assist with liver detoxification
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The facts stated in this article come from Lemons and their health benefits written by Saskia Brown – for more information, please read the full article as it is well worthwhile
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