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16 Health Benefits of Lemons

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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 (as well as the fruit that grows on the tree).
  • The lemon is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley (a Bronze Age civilization in South Asia) because of a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC found by archaeologists in the area.
  • Lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century AD.
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. One tree 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 percent 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 apples or grapes. Potassium 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 g 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 g 0%
Electrolytes
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 138 mg 3%
Minerals
Calcium 26 mg 3%
Copper 37 g 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 g
Carotene-a 1 g
Crypto-xanthin- 20 g
Lutein-zeaxanthin 11 g

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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2:34AM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Live long and prosper!

3:34PM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Lemon juice seem to be good for many things, that's great, but suppose one wants to use lemon juice for weight loss, and suffers from low blood pressure, what happens then? How will it affect the low blood pressure issue?

12:31AM PST on Dec 27, 2014

Ty

4:32AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks

10:11AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Lemony

9:08PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

9:47AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Let's hear it for lemons!

10:53AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Great information.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Going to buy a big bag of lemons today!

7:42AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Thanks. It's good to know that lemons are so good for you. I've picked about 120 lemons off my tree in the last few days. Now I know what good they do I'll make an effort to use them as much as possible.

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