Lemons have been called super-fruits and have always been known for their health benefits as well as being used to flavor various sweet and savory foods.
Flavonoids, which have a high antioxidant content, are the key ingredients in lemons and they are known to prevent and treat various ailments and diseases.
You have most probably used lemon juice for detoxification, whether it was mixed with water, honey, or as a lemon tea.
You should know, however, that the usual old-fashioned way of extracting the juice from lemons by squeezing them does not really make use of all the nutritive elements. Actually, the best way to do this is to freeze lemons. Continue reading to find out why this particular technique is the best.
The lemon peel is the main reason. Apart from the pulp, this is the part of the fruit that contains nutrients which boost the immune system, regulate cholesterol levels and also help prevent cancer.
What is more, the peel contains potent anti-microbial properties and fights bacterial and fungal infections.
The Benefits of lemons for your health
If you consume lemons regularly, it can help in preventing and treating the following:
- Boost immunity
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Prevent cancer
- Fight bacterial infections
- Ease asthma symptoms
- Prevent and treat inflammation
- Clean the liver and kidneys
- Help with anxiety and depression
Lemons to prevent and treat cancer
The widespread use of lemons is mainly due to their ability to clean toxins from the body. That is the reason why lemons are so often recommended to many cancer patients.
Numerous studies have shown a link between lemons and cancer inhibition. More precisely, a huge experiment which was conducted in the 1970s proved that the peel from lemons is effective in fighting more than ten types of cancers, among which breast, colon and lung cancer as well as prostate and pancreatic cancer.
Other studies showed that these fruits, when frozen, are more effective that many traditional cancer treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy.
In addition, it goes without saying that they do not have the negative side effects that chemotherapy does. They only target the malignant cells without harming all the surrounding healthy tissue.
How you should consume lemon peel
In comparison with the pulp, lemon peel contains around ten more vitamins.
Dr. Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist and an expert on women’s health, supports this statement and adds that it’s much better to include lemons in smoothies instead of in juices due to the fact that it lets you consume the whole fruit, including the most nutritious part, the peel.
Keeping in mind that a lot of people avoid the consumption of lemons and other citrus fruits because of their acidic, bitter taste, we provide an amazing recipe that will neutralize those unappealing characteristics of lemons and allow you to enjoy their numerous health benefits.
Freezing Your Lemons
Freeze your lemons
- Wash the lemons thoroughly with cold running water.
- Dry them by patting with a paper towel.
- Disinfect them using apple vinegar (organic, if possible) or baking soda.
- Put them in the fridge and leave them overnight.
- Grate the whole frozen lemons, which means including the pulp, seeds and peel.
- Transfer the resulting pulp to ice-cube trays and return to the freezer
Any time you would like extra nutrients or you simply want to add some tangy flavor to your cooking, you can use the frozen lemons. Get into the habit of adding a teaspoon of these frozen lemons to your cup of morning coffee, your tea, smoothie, or other drinks. They can also be added to sweet and savory dishes like salads, pasta, soups, pancakes, banana bread, and ice cream …… just about every drink or food you can imagine.