The lemon, that sour yellow citrus fruit that can be commonly found in supermarkets and markets, making its way into many kitchens, has many health benefits. Lemons are thought to have originated in the wild in both China and India, and have been around for at least 4,000 years. Sometime between 400-600 BC lemons were taken to the Middle East and made their way to the Mediterranean, where food historians state that they have been in cultivations as early as the first century AD.
A medium lemon is about 60 g, and contains 15 calories, of which contains 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber and 4 g sugars. Lemons can be stored at room temperature for about 2 weeks and will keep for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
According to www.nutritiondata.com, lemons are a good source of foliate and potassium, an excellent source of vitamin C, and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Lemon juice is good for people with urinary tract infections and high uric acid problems because it helps in cleansing impurities from our bodies and its vitamin C content can help prevent diseases.
In the areas of natural remedies, believers are in favor of using lemon juice to treat conditions like asthma, coughs, colds, fevers, heart burn, liver complaints, and rheumatism. Lemon juice was also used by sailors in the past to treat scurvy.
When mixed with hot water, lemon juice is effective in curing digestion problems such as nausea, biliousness, and disorders of the lower intestines like constipation. It is also known to relieve hiccups, and when taken regularly in the morning, it helps to stimulate the liver to produce bile; making it ready to digest the day’s food.
Adding the juice of one lemon to an equal amount of hot water is an effective anti-bacterial gargle for sore throats, according to www.sunkist.com.
In highly concentrated forms, lemons are also used as balms; some may know them as “cure-alls”. Lemon balms are known for their ability to break fevers as the encourage patients to perspire. Dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure and menstrual cramps are also relieved by lemon balms.