Lemon Facts and Nutritional Benefits

Lemon has many health benefits and is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes as citrus fruit.

It is very good for immune functioning and skin health; these and other health benefits we shall discuss the details in other sections of this article.


Listed below are the 11 science-proven detailed benefits that lemon-orange can add to human health which have supporting evidence to their values.


1.  Alkalises The Body

It contains citric acid which serves as an alkalizing agent that helps to reduce the acidity level in the body fluid, stimulate the body's digestive juice and alkalize the body.

Don't get it twisted that lemon oranges act as alkaline-forming fluids on the body which helps to balance the body's pH.

Once lemon juice is fully digested, it turns alkaline with a pH level estimated above 7 and in this form offers numerous benefits to human health. 


2.  Helps in Burning Off Fats

Another science-based health benefit of lemon proven by nutritionists is that it helps in burning off excess fat in the body.

It contains polyphenol antioxidants just like other citric fruits; this plant compound was found to contribute to weight loss by drastically reducing much fat in the body.


3.  Helps To Terminate the Activities of  Worms

Crushed lemon seeds help to subdue the activities of worms in the stomach and destroy intestinal worms. 

In a similar way, taking a mix of water added to lime juice once a while contributes a lot in terminating the activities of worms in the body.

Do not neglect the activities of worms in your body. Worms are deadly intestinal parasites that also extend their hosting activities to other parts of the body when not controlled.

A cup of juice extracted from lime orange mixed with little quantity of water can take control of these parasitic organisms.


4.  Neutralize Free Radicals In Human Body

Lemon is also a good source of vitamin C (53 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams of lemon) which naturally exists as one of the important antioxidants.

The vitamin C content in the lemon as a strong antioxidant helps to neutralize free radicals in the body which causes oxidative stress when they are not dealt with. 


5.  Good For The Heart

Intake of lemon aids in cardiovascular health with the help of certain antioxidants present and other nutrients that keep the heart in good health and prevent heart diseases.


6.  Moderates Cholesterol in the Blood

Lemons contain pectin and metabolism nutrients that help moderate the level of cholesterol in the body and prevent the risk of hypertension.

Some healthy contents in lemon such as limonene, potassium and vitamin C help to reduce bad cholesterol and its effect in the blood as well as improve the high-density lipoprotein.


7.  Helps To Promote Immunity

There are other anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosters such as limonene, pectin, and bioflavonoids present in lemons that help to promote immunity, cleanse the liver and fight certain germs.

Adding lemon into a mixture of warm water and honey helps a lot to boost up the human immune system because of the presence of naturally occurring antioxidants, vitamin C and other properties mentioned above.


8.  Prevents Anaemia

Vitamin C and citric acid in lemon can help in the absorption of iron from food which helps in the production of red blood cells in the human body.

Adding to the little quantity of iron-rich fruits such as lemon to your daily meal improves the level of iron in the body which helps to prevent the risk of anemia.


9.  Helps to improve the skin

The fact that lime orange contains enough water that helps in hydrating the body makes it as well good for the skin because when the body is well hydrated, the skin becomes moisturized.

Again, contains antibacterial properties that help in treating acne and wrinkles. Its richness in citric acid and vitamin C helps to brighten the skin when used the juice in face masking or face cleansing over time.

Researches also proved the effect of vitamin C content in lemon juice on human skin. It was seen through the study of how vitamin C enhanced wrinkles on the face and advanced the quality of the skin.

Lemon is one of the tropical fruits that are grown in most parts of Nigeria that is used as a key ingredient in producing certain drinks such as soft drinks and cocktail.


10.    Helps in Food Digestion

Lemon juice has proved an excellent natural laxative in several experiments due to the presence of citrate in it. They are considered laxatives due to the active effects they show on digestive health.

Taking this lemon juice daily helps to improve bowel movement and softens the bowel for easy flushing of waste products from the body which also contributes to weight loss.


 11.    Slow Down The Risk of Kidney Stones

Lemon is a citric fruit that is known to contain a good amount of naturally occurring nitrate.

This content helps to increase the amount of citrate in the urine levels which then flushes stones formed in the kidney and as well as inhibits the formation of new ones.

Several plant compounds such as d-limonene, citric acid, hesperidin, diosmin, and eriocitrin are present in lemon which supplies different types of health benefits to the body system.


Nutritional Contents







21.1 g





Dietary Fiber



31.7 mcg



Pantothenic acid








Vitamin A

48.8 IU

Vitamin C


Vitamin E


Vitamin K











14.6 mg










75 mcg


Lemon nutrition charts are shown in the table present below which will enable us to know the actual value of nutrients in it required for daily consumption.


Lemon fruit contains various phytochemicals such as polyphenols, terpenes, and tannins with concentrations of citric acids that perform several health-supportive functions just as other citric fruits but can cause gastrointestinal side effects when consumed in excess.


Lemon Juice 

Lemon juice is healthy and supplies several health benefits just as the whole lemon does but conversely, it causes irritation on the gum and can damage tooth enamel because of the acidic content.

It can be taken with straw or spoon directly to the throat to avoid contact with the tooth gum. Or better still; rinse the mouth thoroughly after drinking it.


Drinking Lemon Juice in the Morning

Drinking the juice extracted from lemon-orange, in other words, called lemon water helps to prevent the immune system from vitamin C deficiencies and maintains the pH balance of the body.

Some other benefits derived from drinking the juice is that it helps to prevent gum disease that causes inflamed gums, detoxifies the body, promote eye health because of the presence of rutin and acts as anti-cancer in the body cells.


Is Eating Lemons Bad for you?

Eating lemon is not bad at all. Eating lemon implies consuming the pulp, skin alongside with water because all the contents in lemon are beneficial to human health.

But be mindful not to eat it too much because eating too much of lemon or even the juice can cause side effects such as stomach upset, worsening of ulcers and other serious health damages.


Can you eat a lemon-like an Orange?

There is nothing wrong with eating lemon raw and pure just like you eat oranges but it should be in moderation to avoid some side effects which excess of it can cause to your teeth and entire body system.


Are there side effects for Lemon in Men?

Some wired facts have it that eating lemon or drinking lemon juice kills sex drive. This is NOT true at all because lemon helps to increase the flow of blood even in male genital organs which makes it quite splendid for sex drive improvement.

Taking lemon mix does no bad to the body instead supplies a lot of good benefits to health and overall lifestyle except when overconsumed.


Side Effects of Lemon Orange

When we talk about side effects associated with lemon-orange it does not really mean that eating of lemon in any way causes side effects to health.

Lemon fruit is a healthy citrus fruit that does nothing bad to the body, but a lot of good benefits to the general health.

But the emphasis here is that lemon should be eaten in moderated quantity in order not to instigate the problems excess citric acid can cause to human health.

Excessive citrus causes harm to the enamel, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, loosened stomach and weight gain.



Lemon contains lots of nutritional elements which are good for the generally wellbeing such as combination of essential vitamins and minerals like folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin A, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper, phosphorus, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, and iron.

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