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8 reasons to love lemons

Posted Feb 15 2012 9:00am

detox foods: lemons

If life give you lemons, than you should be thankful as lemons are among the healthiest fruits ever.

Here are 8 reasons to fall in love with lemons

It supports your liver detoxification: Fresh lemon juice contains several detoxifying compounds. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in your morning glass of water to help your body to detox naturally.

It cleanses your bowels: The bitterness of lemons gives them the ability to increase bowel movements, which helps to eliminate waste and improve regularity.

It fights cancer: With its 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene and flavonol glycosides, lemons could slow down tumor growth and stop division of cancer cells.

It prevents colds and flu: Rich in vitamin C and other immune-boosting substances, lemons are a great way to prevent colds and infections.

It is rich in nutrients: Besides vitamin C, lemons contain B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and fiber, all contributing to optimum health.

It balances your body’s pH: Even though lemons are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect on the blood, which helps to stabilize the body’s essential pH balance.

It helps with allergies: Hesperetin, a phytonutrient found in lemons, has been shown to reduce allergic symptoms.

It lowers blood sugar levels: Hesperetin, the same phytonutrient that helps with allergies, lowers blood sugar, making lemons a food of choice for those with diabetes.

Do you like lemons? What’s your favorite way to use them?

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