- Good for your digestive system
Lemon juice mixed with hot water and taken in the morning has been noted to relieve many common digestive complaints including nausea, heartburn, bloating, belching and parasites. It also aids with elimination – making it more efficient and regular, helping flush out bacteria and toxins from the body. It is a tonic for the liver and helps it produce bile to digest fats. According to recent research this production of bile is a conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, which may help with blood cholesterol levels.
- Vitamin C
One cup of lemon juice contains 94 mg of vitamin C – enough to fulfill the recommended daily requirement for most adults. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that your body cannot store so it must be taken in through your diet. Aside from vitamin C, lemon juice also offers vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and proteins.
- Good for the heart and head
Owing to its high potassium content lemon water may be able to help people having heart problems. It aids the control of high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea. It can apparently provide relaxation to mind and body reducing mental stress and depression.
- Fights infections
Lemon juice is our friend when a cold sets in – often mixed with honey and hot water to reduce phlegm and break a fever. Its antibacterial properties can also fight and prevent the cold from taking hold. When used in a fifty-fifty solution with water – frequent gargling can fight throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis.
- Links with Cancer prevention.
Lemon juice contains a type of compound called limonin glucoside. New studies have found compounds called citrus limonoids have protective properties against cancer. One type of limonoid, called limonin, may also help to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol.