Lemons Take Over

Amira Novitzke, Reporter

Lemons are thought to have originated at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, as a natural cross between the lime and the citron. Lemons have been a major food crop in Florida since the 16th century. One of the world’s most widely consumed tropical fruits, lemons thrive in moderately warm and tropical climates, but suffer if temperatures dip below frost conditions.

It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but the amount per serving is pretty impressive, at 187% of the daily value, making it a super infection fighter. Since they are high in Vitamin C, lemons prevent scurvy, a disease that causes bleeding gums, loose teeth and aching joints. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor can have one ounce of lemon juice a day.

Lemons are also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and copper, as well as folate and potassium.

Nutritionally, the lemon constitutes one of nature’s seven top sources of potassium, a mineral that promotes clear thinking, aids in normalizing blood pressure, and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance. Fresh squeezed lemon in a glass of water is said to cleanse the liver. Lemons are also believed to stimulate the metabolism.

While the topic seems controversial, clinical studies indicate that lemons may have disease-preventing capabilities. Tests in labs and on patients showed lemons as a potentially beneficial treatment for cancer, including breast cancer in patients undergoing chemotherapy. A study in Saudi Arabia, lemon in extract form also showed promise as a treatment for breast cancer patients.

Lemons are on the list as one of the worlds top super foods since it has so many beneficial factors and does a lot for the body. It helps repair, normalize, fight infections, and prevent some diseases.

 

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