Lemony Goodness: Lemons are an Amazing Superfood!

Lemons first achieved their healthy claim to fame on board the ships of early explorers to help treat scurvy, a then-common disease among the sailors.

The health benefits lemons are now known for include its use as a treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, and fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits hair and skin care,. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood purifier.
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Beautify With Lemons :

Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. Lemon juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.
Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. Lemon juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sun burn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. Lemon juice can be applied on the skin for the treatment of acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing lemon juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

When Life Gives You Lemons Eat Them! , Lemon Health benefits:

Lowering stroke risk : According to the American Heart Association, eating higher amounts of citrus fruits may lower ischemic stroke risk for women.

Combating cancer : Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, lemons and lemon juice can help fight the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer.

Maintaining a healthy complexion : lemons when eaten or applied to the skin can help fight against skin damage, reduce wrinkles and improve your overall skin texture. Vitamin c plays a huge role in the formation of collagen, which is the support system of your skin.

Preventing asthma : developing asthma is of lower risk for people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients and Vitamin C is one of them.

Increasing iron absorption : Pairing foods that are high in vitamin C with foods that are iron-rich will maximize the body's ability to absorb iron.

Boosting the Immune system : Foods that are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants can help the immune system battle germs that cause a cold or flu.

Liver detoxifier :“The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

Cleans your bowels : Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity.

Fever : It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care : If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging lemon juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions. As well as is known to be used with Baking Soda for teeth whitening.

Burns : Application of lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding : Lemon has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding.

Weight loss :If a person drinks lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can help reduce body weight.

Respiratory disorders : Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems. Lemon, as a amazing source of vitamin C, helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.

Cholera : Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice, because it acts as a blood purifier.

Rheumatism : Lemon is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

High Blood Pressure : Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium.

Potential Health Risks of Consuming Lemons:

Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.

It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.

How To Incorporate More Lemons Into Your Diet:

How to pick a good lemon:

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar, thus thick-skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and fewer minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely-grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow; the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
  • Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will not be a vibrant yellow.
  • Lemons stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about seven to 10 days; or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks.



Great Lemon Recipes You Should Try!

Lemon and Caper Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan, and fill with enough water to cover potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add a generous amount of salt; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Drain; using a potato masher or potato ricer, mash potatoes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 5 tablespoons butter, milk, lemon juice, zest, and capers. Heat until butter is melted and the mixture is warm to the touch.

  3. Fold the milk mixture and parsley into the mashed potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Dot with remaining tablespoon butter just before serving.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 chicken halves (1 1/2 pounds each) or 2 whole chickens, split
  • 4 lemons, halved crosswise
  • Oregano sprigs (optional)

Directions

  1. Make marinade: In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, oregano, oil, 2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Divide marinade between 2 large resealable plastic bags. Place 2 chicken halves in each bag; shake to coat. Let marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, turning bags occasionally.

  2. Preheat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Remove chicken from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken, skin side up, on grill. Cover and cook, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Turn chicken over; cover and cook until well browned, 10 to 15 minutes (an instant-read thermometer should register 175 degrees.when inserted into thickest part of meat, avoiding bone). If chicken is browning too quickly, move to cooler parts of grill or turn grill to low heat.

  3. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Tent with foil; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place lemon halves on grill, cut side down; cook until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut chicken pieces in half; serve with grilled lemon halves, and, if desired, garnish with oregano sprigs.



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References:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-lemons.html

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283476.php

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