9 Nutritional and Health Benefits of Lemon
Lemon is one of the tropical fruits that are grown in most part of Nigeria that is used as a key ingredient in producing certain drinks such as soft drinks and cocktail. It has much nutritional values and is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes as a citrus fruit.
•It contains citric acid which serves as an alkalising agent that helps to reduce acidity level in the body fluid and alkalise the body.
•Crushed lemon seeds help to subdue the activities of worms in the stomach and destroy intestinal worms.
•Lemon contains some nutritional elements such as combination of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium and iron.
•The vitamin C content in lemon is antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals good immune functioning and skin health.
•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.
•Intake of lemon aids to cardiovascular health with the help of certain antioxidants present and other nutrients that keep the heart in good health and prevent heart diseases.
•Lemons contain pectin and metabolism nutrients that help moderate the level cholesterol in the body and prevent the risk of hypertension.
•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.
•Vitamin C and citric acid in lemon can help in the absorption of iron from food; adding to the little quantity of iron that lemon contains can prevent anaemia.
Lemons contain various phytochemicals such as polyphenols, terpenes, and tannins with concentrations of citric acids that perform numerous health support functions just as other citric fruits but can cause gastrointestinal side effects when consumed in excess.