Lemons are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Their refreshing scent and taste land them a spot in many dishes. In addition to being delicious, lemons also have a myriad of health benefits. So, how do we get the best out of them?
The most common way to consume lemons is to make lemonade. However, a great part of the health benefits and nutrients is lost this way.
Before we get into the best method for using lemons, it’s good to know what they can help with exactly. Their most well-known property is detoxification of both the kidneys and the liver. In addition, lemons can boost the immune system, help regulate high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as help treat bacterial infections and inflammation. Lemons can also help with asthma prevention and treating stress and depression. Finally, lemons have been shown to be effective in fighting cancer.
Scientists have found that these fruits can help with the elimination of malignant cells in the case of lung, breast and colon cancer, among others. The best part is that only the malignant cells were targeted, while the healthy ones were unaffected.
We mentioned that juicing lemons isn’t the most effective way. Freezing them, on the other hand, is the best way to go. This allows you to also use the peel. Lemon juice already has high levels of vitamin C, while the rind can have 5 to 10 times the amount of vitamins as the juice. Dr. Marilyn Glenville, an expert on women’s health and a nutritionist, claims smoothies as a better choice than juice since they contain other parts of the fruit, e.g. the peel. And the peels of different fruits are actually very beneficial to your overall health. When making lemon smoothies, do keep in mind that they can be a little bitter.
Following is the best way to freeze lemons. Firstly, you need to wash the lemons with apple cider vinegar, as this also helps disinfect the fruit. Next, you should rinse them and let them dry. After they’re nice and dry, put them in a freezer and let freeze at least overnight. Once frozen, you can grate the entire fruit, peel and seeds included. Use the lemon prepared this way to make smoothies or add it to any number of dishes, for a fresh and tangy kick!
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