Lemons originate from India, then spreading globally to temperate and tropical regions of the world. They were sought after by early sailors to prevent or treat Vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy. It is grown on an evergreen shrub and the tree produces ripe yellow fruits practically all year round. It is highly prized in the manufacturing industry for lemon oil, lemon juice, pectin, and citric acid.Medicinally, lemons have been used for centuries.
They have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons contain vitamin C or ascorbic acid, citric acid (gives lemons sour taste), flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and fiber. The fruit is low in calories – 29 calories per 100 grams – contains no saturated fats, nor cholesterol. Although lemon is acidic when eaten, it has an alkalizing and purifying effect on the blood. Whether the goal is weight loss, a full detox, or just overall good health, lemons should be a staple in every clean and healthy diet. Lemons are a super food that provides 51% of the body’s daily Vitamin C needs as well as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese into your diet.
Lemons and lemon juice fight the formation of free radicals and protect against the cell damage that is linked to inflammation, cancer, and chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. Vitamin C also builds collagen, the body’s main structural protein. Thus, consumption of lemons may help promote bone strength, muscle repair, and a healthy complexion! Additionally, vitamin C facilitates the body’s absorption of iron. Individuals who are diagnosed with anemia or who are considered at risk for iron deficiency are encouraged to eat vitamin C-rich foods alongside those rich in iron for maximal iron absorption.
When most of us bring home lemons from the store we go to eat one, we usually cut it up into wedges or slices. But did you know that there is a much better way to store and use lemons, which involves putting them in the freezer! It sounds odd at first, but that way you can easily grate them up later for a powerful, tasty health kick.
Once the lemon is frozen solid take it out of the freezer and cut off one end, so that it’s nice and flat. Place the flat side against the grater and begin grating it as if you were grating a block of cheese. Doing it this way makes the lemon easier to hold steady and cuts down on the risk of it slipping while you’re shredding it up. After you’re done, store the lemon gratings in a resalable container or use them to flavor food. Don’t worry about ruining a recipe, grated lemon is not as overpowering as you may think it to be. Instead, the lemony shreds compliment and bring out the other flavors and what you get is a very unique type of flavoring that differs from that of squeezing plain old lemon juice on food.
All you have to do is freeze lemons, it’s really that simple and your mind, body, and palette will all benefit and thank you in the end. Help spread this healthy tip and enjoy!