Tangy Truths

There is nothing sour about lemons, these are packed with sweet goodness useful to your body

12/1/2016 8:49:24 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

The word lemon is often used as slang for something worthless that is fobbed off to an unsuspecting customer, but actually this citrus fruit is far from being useless.

A native to India and Indochina, it is said that lemons were first grown in Assam in North-east India, northern Burma and China. These then travelled to Europe, and were first described in Roman times in the first century AD in some paintings from Pompeii. These were later introduced to Persia, Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD and have been recorded in a 10th-century Arabic treatise on farming.  

Etymologically the name is derived from Persian limu(n) and Arabic laimun, generic terms for citrus fruits, words whose root was cognates with the Sanskrit nimbu. 

Today there are many types of lemons that vary in size, shape, and thickness of peel, though not in flavour. Today it has many uses – in food, industrial, cleaning and medicinal purposes. In fact, this fruit is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicines, and its low pH makes it a powerful anti-bacterial agent.

Here are some more health benefits:

1. Restoring body pH:Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. It is also a great liver detoxifier and slows down the aging process.

2. Flu and common cold: Vitamin C and flavonoids work against such infections. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

3. Scurvy:Caused by Vitamin C deficiency, this too is treated by consuming diluted lemon juice.

4. Parkinsonís disease: Lemon peels contain the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders 

5. Anti-bacterial properties: Experiments have found the juice of lemons destroys the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases. It also destroys intestinal worms.

6. Combating cancer: Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.

7. Indigestion and constipation:Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. 

8. Dental care: Fresh lemon juice relieves toothache. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding. Additionally, it can be used in the regular cleansing of your teeth. 

9. Hair care: The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. It also gives your hair a natural shine.

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