As you all know, lemons belong to citrus family of fruits and they are extremely beneficial for our overall health since they are abundant in nutrients. You portably already heard about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning, but what you don’t know is that there is actually even better way to use lemon in order to get all the benefits it promotes.
The reason why lemon water is less beneficial than the following way of using lemon, is because the lemon pulp and peel are removed, and some beneficial nutrients are actually found in extremely high amounts in the peel.
You should know that the amount of certain nutrients contained in the peel is 5 to 10 times higher than in the juice. The nutrients contained in lemon peel are calcium, potassium, magnesium, beta carotene, folate, vitamin C and vitamin A.
In this article we will present you a list of the major benefits of using a whole lemon:
HEALTH BENEFITS OF USING LEMON WITH PEEL
As we previously mentioned, lemons have rich nutritional value, but beside that, there are some other benefits from eating the whole fruit and here are some of them:
- PREVENT AND FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
Lemon peels contain Salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which is why they have the ability to eliminate toxins and carcinogenic substances from the body. Moreover, this substance also fights against the already developed abnormal cancer cells in the body. Lemon peels also contain flavonoids which have the ability to suppress the division of these cells. The lemon peel is particularly helpful in preventing and fighting against breast, colon, and skin cancer.
Vitamin C in lemon peels is crucial when it comes to improving and maintaining bone health. Osteoporosis, inflammatory polyarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many other conditions can be prevented just by the consumption of lemon peel.
- PROTECT HEART HEALTH
Lemon peels contain polyphenol flavonoids which help your system lower the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL). Moreover, they also contain both vitamin B and C which clean the blood vessels and as a result of that, they protect from conditions and diseases related to high blood pressure, like diabetic heart disease and heart disease.
Here is the recipe you should definitely prepare and try if you want to get all the benefits from lemon peels.
WHOLE LEMON WATER RECIPE
- 20 Oz of water
- 6 lemons
- Honey (optional)
First of all, wash the lemons thoroughly and then cut them into halves. After that, put the lemon pieces into a pot filled with water and boil them for 3 minutes. Once boiled, leave them to cool off for 10 to 15 minutes, and then discard the lemons. Fill in a cup with this water and store the remaining part for next use. If you want to sweeten it, you should use honey.
Consume this drink in the morning on an empty stomach and enjoy the benefits it offers!
Note: Make sure that you do not consume this drink too cold, but slightly warm.