In 1747, James Lind found that lemons were extremely effective at treating scurvy (swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds ), a serious condition that results from a vitamin C deficiency.
Recent studies suggest that in order to get the best health benefits from vitamin C we need to consume 500 mg daily.
Known for its therapeutic property through the generations, lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, and this is why it’s beneficial.
The antioxidants may help prevent the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer. Antioxidants act to protect the cells and limit the damage by stabilizing and mopping up free radicals.
High in a fiber, the pectin, (which is a prebiotic) lemons feed healthy gut bacteria.
The citric acid in the lemons contains antibacterial properties that can kill bacteria that causes bad breath.
Treats constipation because the citric acid, a natural laxative present in lemons, fights the toxins in your digestive track. Lemon juice acts as stimulant and flushes out the toxins from the body encouraging elimination, so drink lemon water!
Because vitamin C is water soluble, it acts as a diuretic causing the kidneys to remove sodium and water from the body. This helps to relax the blood vessels, and lowering blood pressure.
We’ve already heard of how vitamin C prevents curable diseases such as scurvy and how it combats a variety of diseases. As a result, it boosts your immunity and has been found to stave off illnesses such as colds and flu.
Studies show that vitamin C is essential to stimulate the immune system by increasing the strength and protection of organism. Due to its role in reducing inflammation, it is essential for immunity and general health.
Iron’s main role is to increase the body’s ability to carry oxygen through the blood and deficiency can result in anemia. Vitamin C enhances iron absorption. It captures non-heme iron and stores it in a form that’s more easily absorbed by your body.
Vitamin C plays a major role in building the protein collagen, which helps us have healthy hair, nails, and skin.
Studies have shown that vitamin C levels are inversely related to body mass. Individuals with adequate vitamin C status oxidize 30% more fat during moderate exercise than individuals with low vitamin C. That said, you’ll get the most out of your fat burning workout if your vitamin C levels are high.
Other good sources of vitamin C are:
- Sweet potatoes
- Citrus fruits
- Cooked broccoli
- Red cabbage
- Green peppers
- Red peppers
- Kiwi fruit
- Tomato juice