10 Health Benefits of Lemons

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Lemons can be used for so many things, both in and outside of the kitchen. They have a historical reputation as disinfectants, thanks to the citric acid, and as fighters of scurvy, due to the vitamin C content. But lemons have many other health benefits.

Lemons are extremely rich and diverse in their evidence-backed uses for well-being. From their cardiovascular benefits to their ability to fight a surprising range of conditions, such as cancer, anemia, heart disease and obesity, lemons have something to offer everyone, regardless of age, sex or general health.

1. Cardiovascular Health

The cardiovascular benefits of citric flavonoids, which are found in lemons is under research. And, because these fruits are a major source of vitamin C, eating them along with other fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C may help strengthen cardiovascular health which could reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.1‘Serum Vitamin C Concentration Was Inversely Associated with Subsequent 20-year Incidence Of Stroke in a Japanese Rural Community. The Shibata Study.’ PubMed, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11022052.2‘Citrus Flavanones: What Is Their Role in Cardiovascular Protection?’ PubMed, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22574825.

Other plant compounds in lemons, including fiber and substances, such as hesperidin and diosmin, can have beneficial effects on heart health by lowering certain risk indicators for heart disease.8‘Evaluation Of Hesperetin 7-o-lauryl Ether As Lipid-lowering Agent in High-cholesterol-fed Rats.’ PubMed, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15186844. These are just some of the more commonly studied cardio benefits of these citric fruits.

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