Lemon juice is not just for making refreshing and vitamin-C rich lemonade. Lemon juice has been widely used as cooking ingredient, to remove laundry stains, for skin and hair care, as cleaning agent and for deodorizing. However, it is for its health benefits that lemon juice is really valued.
Aside from vitamin C, lemon juice includes many nourishing elements like vitamins B6, A and E, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, protein and more that allow it to provide relief against the following health issues:
1. Kidney Stones
Daily intake of one half-cup of lemon juice raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that urinary citrate can prevent the formation of calcium oxalate urolithiasis or calcium stones in the kidney. This is based on a study conducted on rats and published on “BMC Urology” in 2007 and other studies by the American Urological Association.
2. Sore Throat
Lemon has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Mixing lemon juice with honey can help lessen the discomfort caused by an itchy and sore throat.
3. Itchy Skin
People suffering from itchy skin can also benefit from the anti-inflammatory and anesthetic medicinal properties of lemon juice. Rubbing lemon juice on itchy and swollen skin caused by poison ivy or insect bites can soothe the affected skin area.
Drinking lemon juice in water with soda, salt and sugar or honey whenever you have a heavy meal can help cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Adding a few drops of lemon on your dish except when you’re taking it with milk, will also aid digestion. Lemon juice acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent.
When your temperature goes up caused by colds or flu, drinking a lemon juice mixture can help bring your fever down faster. Lemon juice helps bring body temperature down by increasing perspiration.
6. Nose Bleeding
The antiseptic and coagulant properties of lemon juice can help stop nose bleeding. Wet a small piece of cotton with lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop bleeding.
7. High Blood Pressure
Lemon juice contains potassium that helps control high blood pressure. Every 100 gram of lemon juice has 138 mg potassium.
Lemon juice can help fade burn scars. For irritating burn, the cooling effect of lemon juice can reduce the burning sensation on the affected skin area.
While lemon juice has a lot of health benefits, you should also keep in mind the following side effects:
1. Ulcers and GERD
One of the triggers of gastroesphageal reflux disorder (GERD), are acidic foods and drinks like lemon juice. Increased acidity may also irritate the stomach lining and stop the ulcer from healing properly. Until it has been metabolized by the body, lemon juice is still acidic.
2. Tooth Decay
High citric acid content of lemon juice can cause tooth enamel to decay according to a study published in “Caries Research” in 1996. To lessen the risk of enamel decay, do not drink pure lemon juice; mix it with another liquids and other solid food.
Also, don’t forget to rinse your mouth after drinking lemonade or eating food with lemon juice. Use soft-bristle toothbrush.