Did you know that lemon peels have an enormous amount of health benefits? These include the ability to lower cholesterol, boost your immune system and, even help to prevent cancer.
Lemon peels are often overlooked, but they offer anti-microbial protection against bacterial and fungal infections. Thus helping your body to eliminate internal worms and parasites.
Also, with an increase media reporting regarding the many health benefits of various vegetables and fruits, you may have already heard that lemons cure cancer. While this is not completely factual, there have been many studies that show a strong basis in using lemons for the treatment of cancer.
Using Lemons for Cancer
The benefits of lemon for cancer treatment could be related to specific compounds found in them, which are limonoids and flavonoids. These compounds, may either stop the formation and growth of cancer cells, or have been shown in studies to kill them outright. The studies have been conducted on animals and in laboratory conditions using human breast cancer cells.
A study in Europe was conducted, with participants afflicted with various forms of cancer. The participants consumed 150 grams of citrus 4 or more times per week.
The citrus was proven to be effective in decreasing the risks of cancer by significant percentages, with the exception of breast cancer. But, an American study did show a decrease in the risk of breast cancer in participants using the same portions of citrus. As long as they did not previously undergo hormone replacement therapy.
How to Include Lemons Into Your Daily Diet
When consuming citrus, remember to not just consume the juice, but also the peel and pulp, and even the seeds if possible. Further research shows that at least 75 grams of citrus daily, might be the optimal minimum intake, if you want to reduce your risks of cancer.
Lemons are very versatile in a wide variety of dishes, it is easy to ensure that you have lemon in at least one of your meals each day.
You can add lemon juice to your water and drink a glass of lemon water every day. But, because the peel of the lemon contains a larger amount of important vitamins than the juice, it is better if you find ways to add the peel into your daily diet as well.
To do this, either peel a lemon and put the peel in the freezer, or simply freeze the whole lemon. You can grate them as needed, adding it to your soups, salads, fish, rice, pasta, chicken and many other dishes.