Lemons have long been used in traditional cooking both as a flavoring agent and a medicinal remedy.
In fact, lemons have been proven to :
- Fight cancer
- Reduce cholesterol
- Fight inflammation
- Eliminate harmful bacteria
- Regulate high blood pressure
- Fight depression and stress
- Detox your kidneys and liver
Lemons and Cancer
The Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University studied the anti-cancer benefits of lemon and concluded that citrus limonoids may have the potential for the prevention of estrogen-responsive breast cancer.
And it’s not just limonoids: coumarins in lemon fruit are promising chemopreventive agents by inhibiting radical generation.
Other than prevention, limonoids also showed a promising result in promoting the self-destruction (a process known as apoptosis) of cancer cells. The amount of limonoids needed to have this effect is about equivalent to a glass of citrus juice.
These studies, among others, suggest lemon may help prevent and possibly treat the cancers of the mouth, breast, stomach, colon, childhood cancers and more.
Getting the most of your lemons
The latest research has shown that lemon peels provide great nutrients as well. Lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. In fact, most of the antioxidants contained in fruit are found within the peel or the pith rather than in the pulp itself.
Lemon peels have shown a huge potential in destroying and removing toxic waste from the body. This is the main reason why lemons are often used in the treatment of cancer patients.
Some research studies have shown that frozen lemons can be more effective in destroying cancer when compared to chemotherapy.
Plus, they are a lot healthier and safer solution than chemo drugs. These studies also proved that lemon extract destroys cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells intact.
The recipe bellow will show you how to get the most out of your lemon of course, without the bitter flavor.
How to freeze lemons
- Start by washing and disinfecting the fruit with a little apple cider vinegar.
- Rinse and dry.
- Freeze the lemon overnight.
- Once fully firm, remove from the fridge and grate the whole lemon (pulp, peel, seeds and all).
- Transfer your grated lemons into ice cube trays, and store them in the freezer. In this way, you can use them whenever you need a hint of citrus fruit.
Lemon peel can enhance the flavor of your meals, including salad, ice cream, soup, yogurt, pasta sauce and more!
Try a spoonful in smoothies, a pinch in your favorite juice and teas or a generous amount in baked goods.