16 Health Benefits of Lemons: the Alkaline Powerfood

| July 3, 2012 | 11 Comments

lemon alkalizing powerfood

Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline forming in the body. In fact they are one of the most alkaline forming foods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body.

Lemons are a favorite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens around the world.

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” Alfred E. Newman

16 Health Benefits of Lemons:

1. Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

2. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like colds and flues.

3. Your liver loves lemons: The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile” says Back to Eden Mr. Kloss. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

4. Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and bonus to help with being regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink after you Drink your two to three cups of Water First Thing in the Morning .

5. Scurvy is treated by giving one to two ounces of lemon juice diluted with water every two to four hours. In 1747, a naval James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor can have one ounce of juice a day. This is where the English got their nickname Limeys. Pirates used to eat Lemons to save them from the dreaded scurvy! http://youtu.be/2HYUaLiNPxE

6. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

7. Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.

8. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

9. In India Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit and for its properties. It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.

10. It destroys intestinal worms.

11. When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing such as when mountain climbing lemons are very helpful. The first man, Edmund Hillary to reach the top of Mt. Everest, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.

12. Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

13. Blood vessels are strengthened by the Vitamin P in lemon thus prevents internal haemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure.

14. The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the Rutin, found in lemons.

15. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.

16. According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is Anionic (it’s electron has a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (it’s outer electron has positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.

Next page:  Interesting Trivia and Nutritional Facts:

History, Trivia and Interesting Lemon Facts:

  • Fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips during the European Renaissance.
  • The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia.
  • The lemon originated in the Indus Valley; a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC by archaeologists.
  • Lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century A.D
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. The trees can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
  • Once upon a time lemons were presented as gifts to kings because they were so rare.
  • California and Arizona produce 95% of the entire U.S. lemon crop.

Lemon Nutrition:

  • Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
  • Lemons contain more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.
See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients: 

Lemon (Citrus limon), fresh, without peel
Nutrition Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 29 Kcal 1.5%
Carbohydrates 9.32 g 7%
Protein 1.10 g 2%
Total Fat 0.30 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.80 g 7%
Vitamins    
Folates 11 µg 3%
Niacin 0.100 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.190 mg 4%
Pyridoxine 0.080 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 1.5%
Thiamin 0.040 mg 3.5%
Vitamin C 53 mg 88%
Vitamin A 22 IU 1%
Vitamin E 0.15 mg 1%
Vitamin K 0 µg 0%
Electrolytes    
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 138 mg 3%
Minerals    
Calcium 26 mg 3%
Copper 37 µg 4%
Iron 0.60 mg 7.5%
Magnesium 8 mg 2%
Manganese 0.030 mg 1%
Zinc 0.06 mg 0.5%
Phyto-nutrients    
Carotene-߸ 3 µg
Carotene-a 1 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 20 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 11 µg

Next page:  How to Pick and Use Lemons:

How to pick a good Lemon:

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar thus thick skinned lemons will be lighter then thin skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
  • Over ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, have soft or hard patches and not be a colourful yellow.
  • Lemons stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about 7 to 10 days. Or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks.

How to use lemons:

  • When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.” ~ Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden
  • A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and color to a room for days.
  • Alkalize with lemon water.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups and stews.
  • Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the amount of juice.
  • Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the freezer.
  • Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful to recipes in cakes, cookies and in vegetables.

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“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and let the world wonder how you did it!! ”  author unknown

Lemon Cautions:

  • Pure lemon juice contains acid which is harmful to teeth enamel. Always dilute with water before taking it.
  • Lemons that are not washed properly like the ones you get in restaurants may include potentially pathogenic microbes.

Delicious Lemon Recipes

Lemon Water - AKA Sugar Free Lemon-Aid

Raspberry Lemon Vinaigrette:  This dressing is called a `vinaigrette’ but it does not have any vinegar in it since vinegar is acid forming.

Light Herb Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing:  It’s easier to make than to say it.  Sugar free and low calories.

Asparagus with Lemon Juice:  Two tasty powerfoods together.

Borsch: Lemon is the key ingredient.

Avocado Vegetable Dip

Start Using Lemon in Your Life Properly!

Lemon is is one of the essential foods in our Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and the   Weight Loss BootCamp.  Get hands on experience and knowledge from the  comfort of your home.

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Taught cooking classes worldwide. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.

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I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Taught cooking classes worldwide. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.

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  1. Raine Cinchez says:

    If i have ulcer, is it okay for me to drink one glass of lemon early in the morning before i’ll take my breakfast?

  2. Raine, I am not qualified medically so I cannot say for sure. I am thinking that lemons start out being acid and turn to being alkaline forming so it may be harsh on a ulcer. You could try a few sips and see how that feels. Otherwise ask your doctor.

  3. Nassoro Ally says:

    Fruits are some of the most beautiful creations of God and given to us for food. Humans have gathered wild fruits for food since the time of Adam and Eve.

  4. RAHEEL AHMAD KHAN says:

    Lemon is a great gift of God.

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  6. Issa Tadina says:

    Thanks a lot for this info…It would be a great help…

  7. Rosemary says:

    can lemon juice help to prevent pregnancy and infections?

  8. ekky says:

    Really educated. Can lemom be added in a green smoothies

  9. Yes, you can add lemon to green smoothies. I often do.

  10. David says:

    Is lemon juice concentrate as alkaline as fresh juice. I know fresh is best but I drink alot of lemon juice and water every day up to half gallon no sweetner. This would require a lot of lemons. I have been doing this for years along w/ apple cider vinegar. My ph is in the 7′s as per litmus test. Dave

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