Lemon Juice for Health
of LJ in the body
Other parts of lemon have therapeutic benefit
Health Benefits of LJ
How to take LJ?
“When life gives you a lemon... squeeze it,
mix half with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.”
pH = 2 -
compare to stomach
Low in calories - 27 Kcal per 100 g
A lemon weighs about 6 oz
Lemon is widely grown all over the world -
grows in abundance in India, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia, Mexico and West Indies.
Vitamin C -
antiscorbutic; helps absorb iron; needed for collagen;
40 to 50 mg per 100 g (twice as much as
oranges); strengthens blood vessels and prevents internal hemorrhage
145 mg per 100 g fruit – more than apple or grapes
Some vitamin A, along with B1 (thiamine),
and B3 (niacin)
(mostly from pith and peel) - include volatile oil (2.5% of the peel), limonene,
alpha-terpinene, alpha-pinene, citral, coumarins, mucilage, pectins, and
Functions of Lemon Juice in the body
Alkalizes body – although obviously
acidic, LJ contains alkalizing minerals (calcium, and potassium)
that are retrieved through its metabolism. Useful for over-acidity in
Cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys
Low pH of citric acid
breaks down bacterial cell membranes. This powerful antibacterial kills bacteria
of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
It dislodges phlegm (that causes
Liver tonic –
stimulates liver to produce bile; in turn, a more effective liver is better able
to purify blood.
Helps in digestion
bile production in the liver - LJ improves digestion
Stimulates the flow of saliva and gastric juice
Amount of acid in LJ does NOT significantly alter
stomach acid pH to affect stomach digestion
prevents water retention
Other parts of lemon
have therapeutic benefit
Volatile oils in lemon rind -
ease heartburn, bloating and constipation
and expel wind from the digestive tract.
The bark of the lemon tree - is used as
febrifuge, which prevents fever
Seeds - used as a vermifuge, which expels worms
Health Benefits of lemon juice
Prevents or restrains influenza and cold
due to vitamin C content. Limes, which kept well on long voyages, were
used by sailors in the 19th century to prevent bleeding to death
through arterial wall due to lack of vitamin C
Maintains health of the teeth and the bones - vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism.
Used for constipation and indigestion
Helps those with heart problems when taken regularly – due to potassium content
Hangover aid –
by improving bile flow
Great skin cleanser –
contains alpha hydroxy acid for light
natural “peel”, and has antiseptic and astringent properties. Also, consuming LJ
cocktail daily aids skin condition from within.
Used externally for acne, fungus (ringworm
and athlete's foot),
sunburn, stings, and warts, corns
(Tie a fresh slice of lemon over the painful area at night and leave
High blood pressure –
potassium content good for the heart
Kidney stone preventative and treatment
A U. of California study
LJ determined that LJ is a viable alternative to citrate supplementation - which is the
common treatment for kidney stones. Researchers showed that using LJ and water
increased urinary citrate levels without changing urinary volume (the same as
citrate, but better tolerated and complied with).
"Journal of Urology"; Dietary Manipulation With
Lemonade to Treat Hypocitraturic Calcium Nephrolithiasis; M.A. Seltzer, et al.;
In another study,
scientists proved that LJ inhibited the buildup of calcium oxalate crystals in
the kidneys - During this study, all the subjects were given a water solution
containing ethylene glycol and ammonium chloride. Half of the group were also
given an additional water solution made with either 100, 75 or 50 % pure lemon
juice. The results were astounding, showing no kidney stones or deposits in
those subjects who were given the 100% or 75%t lemon juice solutions.
"BMC Urology"; Lemon Juice Has Protective Activity in a
Rat Urolithiasis Model; M. Touhami, et al.; October 2007
Oral/Dental problems – high vitamin C
content of LJ strengthens the gums and teeth, preventing/curing
pyorrhea, dental caries, and gum bleeds Adding a little LJ to
your mouth rinse water helps kill bacteria responsible for
A study found that LJ had antifungal properties and was effective against
oral candidiasis (thrush).
"Phytomedicine"; Treatment of Oral Thrush in HIV/AIDS
Patients With Lemon Juice and Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon Citratus) and Gentian
Violet; S.C. Wright, et al.; March 2009
Toothache - It is reported that toothache
is minimized by massaging fresh lemon juice in painful area
Hemorrhage - Lemon is effective in the hemorrhage or
bleeding of lungs. stomach, intestines, uterus, kidneys and other internal
organs. In these cases, lemon juice should be taken with water several times a
UTIs and high uric acid problems – diuretic
quality flushed urinary tract
How to take LJ?
One should NOT drink concentrated lemon juice – its acid is injurious to the enamel of teeth.
Drinking through a straw to avoids this problem
LJ Cocktail -
Combine fresh-squeezed juice of half a lemon with about 6 oz cold or warm
(not too hot) water – optionally add some raw honey to taste. Drink once or
twice a day.
Cleanses body when LJ mixed with cold water and taken on an empty
stomach early in the morning - Add a little
raw honey to make more palatable.
Sore throat –
dilute juice of
half a lemon juice 50/50 with water and gargle frequently.
Constipation - Use warm water in LJ
Cocktail when you want to relieve constipation.