The world’s most popular citrus fruit, lemons (Citrus limon) are not only a rich source of citric acid, but also packed with several antioxidants. Lemons contain very little fat and protein. A medium-sized lemon has only 20 calories.
The antioxidant hesperidin in lemons strengthens blood vessels and can prevent atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries due to deposition of fats).[1,2] The antioxidant diosmin reduces chronic inflammation in blood vessels. The citric acid in them can increase the volume of urine which could be useful in preventing the formation of kidney stones.[3,4]
Lemons For A Healthy Heart
Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Fruits rich in vitamin C (such as lemons) are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.[5,6]
Low levels of vitamin C in the body can increase the risk of stroke, especially among people who have high blood pressure or are overweight.[7,8] Being a rich source of vitamin C, lemons could reduce the risk of a stroke.
The fibers present in citrus fruits (such as lemons) also help decrease blood cholesterol levels. The essential oils in lemons can prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease.[9.10]
Animal studies show that the antioxidants diosmin and hesperidin present in lemons can reduce the risk for heart disease.[11,12,13]
How To Take It
- Squeeze an entire lemon in a glass filled with water. Add 2tsp of honey for taste. Stir for 2 minutes and drink this once every day to reduce your risk for heart disease.
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