Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemon tree is a small, evergreen tree native to Asia (as well as the fruit that grows on the tree).When life gives you a lemonâ€¦ squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.â€ â€“Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Edenâ€
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The health properties contained in lemon are due to its many nourishing elements such as: vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein. It is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improves the skin, hair, and teeth.
Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals. Other health benefits: it is used in the treatment of nausea, dental problems, throat and mouth infections, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and it might inhibit tumors while it also benefits your hair and skin.
Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons also helps strengthen immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood purifier.
Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. One tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year. Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber. Lemons contain more potassium than apples and grapes which is beneficial to the normal heart function.Ref.
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Sandy van Vuuren Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown 2193, South Africa