By Kiwiana Ngabung – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
The yellow, tangy-flavoured citrus fruit mostly used to add flavour to food is native to the Asian region. Lemons scientifically known as citrus limon are one of the most common citrus fruits, apart from oranges and limes.
Lemons are, generally used in curing or at least reducing the risks of ailments such as gingival swelling, flu, indigestion and even obesity.
What makes Citrus limon so beneficial for us? Lemons contain a variety of nutrients, such as vitamin B6, B2, riboflavin, vitamin C and iron, which obviously assist the human immune system. The most common vitamin – vitamin C has a quality that repairs the body’s tissues and keeps them strong, hence heals wounds. Vitamin C is an antioxidant where its job is to break down or prevent free radicals. Free radical is basically the term used to describe the problematic cells that pair off with another cell, eventually spreading and damaging other cells. Therefore, more intake of vitamin C can reduce the spread of free radicals.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) works together with other types of vitamin B. It is essential in producing red blood cells as well as in body growth.
Folate or folic acid (vitamin B9) is key in maintaining the nervous system, and is also necessary for proper performance of the brain, and believed to reduce depression and blood-level. Only about three percent of folic acid is contained in lemons.
Another component of vitamin B type is B6 also known as pyridoxine; apart from performing similar functions to riboflavin and folate it reduces risks of cardiac diseases because it controls the amount of fat around the heart. In addition aids and retains the good condition of the skin.
Also contained in lemons are other vitamin B types, small amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, sugar and other nutrients.
Apart from health benefits, lemons can also be used as cleaning agents.
Lemons can make a huge difference. For those looking to maintain their good skin condition, oral health, lose a few pounds or avoid cancer let lemon do the trick for you. You will only have to try it to believe it.