For decades’ scientists have studied the potential of lemons, and other citrus fruit, for their health boosting properties. Going from fighting a bad breath and improving digestion to boosting the immune system and battling cancer.
If you are drinking your lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning, then you know what kind of healing powers I’m talking about.
Also read 15 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning for more info.
But did you know that if you have been tossing the peel into the bin every day you are actually missing out on the best part.
Why you should eat the peel too
The peel of a lemon contains 5 to 10 times more healing nutrients than the juice itself. Studies have shown that the peel of a lemon contains an amazing arsenal of over 20 anti-cancer compounds such as limonene, citrus pectin and flavonol glycosides which are all capable of slowing down the growth of cancer cells and even killing them.
Some studies even report that certain extracts were 10,000 times more effective in slowing down cancer growth than Adriamycin, a drug used in chemotherapy.
And the best part, lemon extracts only destroys malignant cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells. That’s why so many big pharma companies are researching citrus fruits and trying to make a synthetic lemony cancer killing version.
According to The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia, citrus fruits (peel included) may reduce the risk of some cancers – Including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas – by up to 50% percent.
And it doesn’t stop there. Compounds found in the entire lemon has shown some remarkable effects against bacterial and fungal infections. They fight parasites and worms, regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol and act as an anti-depressant to calm the nerves and fight stress.
One simple trick, freeze lemons
Starting your day with lukewarm lemon water will ensure you get your healthy dose of vitamin C, but the peel is actually the thing you must be consuming to take its full benefits. And here’s one simple trick on how to do it.
Buy some organic lemons, wash them and put them in the freezer. Simply grate or shred the whole lemon and sprinkle it on your salads, soup, smoothies, noodles, ice cream, etc. Your options are endless as lemons are a versatile fruit that can be used on nearly everything.
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