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Lemon is one of my favorite flavors in just about everything. You probably see me on snapchat always using lemon in my drinks and the food I prepare; I really add it to everything!
The chemicals in lemon are beyond amazing! When I was younger, I thought lemon was such a waste of a fruit because it was sour and was always that pitiful little sliver that was added to water at a restaurant. I never understood the point!
Then, I moved to southern California where lemons grew wild and the farmers market was full of the biggest, most beautiful lemons you have ever seen! I started incorporating them into more dishes and drinks, and was blown away by the almost sweet flavor they had!
For my birthday one year, my husband bought me a lemon tree for our balcony. I had my own lemons for years which was the best thing! The tree died when we moved back to Texas, the land of 110 degree heat and horrible storms. But, my love of lemons has continued and I use them daily. And there are so many reasons why you should eat lemon!
So, why do I love them so much?
Despite loving the flavor, they are one of the best foods for your chemically! I did some research in college about lemons, and was very surprised to see the numerous benefits. I grew to love them even more knowing how healthy they are!
Let’s talk about the chemicals in a lemon.
This is probably the most beneficial parts of a lemon. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is obviously a very important part to our health. Citrus fruits all contain vitamin C, but lemon has one of the higher amounts, similar to an orange. You can see more details about the vitamin C content on the USDA nutritional information website.
Other Acids Present
Malic Acid and Citrus Acid are also present in a lemon which both give it that sour taste. These aren’t necessarily beneficial for your health, but they are the other acids found in a lemon.
I have read many chemical articles about lemon peels and the testing done to see exactly what chemicals are present.
Lemon peels contain Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Magnesium (Mg), Zinc (Zn), and Phosphorus (P). That is quite a bit of minerals for one little lemon peel!
Physicochemical Parameters of Lemon Peels
Studies also show that lemon peels contain protein, fiber, ash, and even some fat!
What about the lemon juice?
According to my research, lemon juice does contain vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts along with small amounts of glucose, sucrose, and fructose (sugars).
Basically, all of a lemon is good for you, but the true benefits are found in the peel itself. As with most fruits, the nutrients are usually denser in the skin or peel.
Now, what does this do for your health?
Vitamin C is the number one immunity booster chemically, so that is a big plus to incorporating lemons in your daily diet.
This is a big one for me! If you are a snapchat follower of mine, you always see that I squeeze a HUGE amount of lemon into almost everything. I love brewing green tea, pouring it over ice, then squeezing an entire lemon in it! It is a mixture of the sourness, tart flavor and refreshing taste of lemon that really gives me a burst of energy for the rest of the afternoon!
Lemons are chemically proven to aide in digestion. Anything from an upset stomach to keeping you regular. When I have any kind of nausea, I will always drink iced lemon water and it soothes my stomach tremendously. This article from ABC news confirms this too. Many people are into the warm lemon water in the morning in place of coffee, while that hasn’t done anything for me personally, I do love lemon water throughout the day!
Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic, so it is a great addition for your skin care. I have purchased many organic skin care products that contain lemon as a main ingredient. Like this organic cleanser, the main ingredient is lemon!. Lemon juice is also great for bug bites and bee stings! This natural antiseptic ointment utilizes lemon oil for cuts, scraps, and bite treatments!
Like above, it is a natural antiseptic which means it has natural antimicrobial properties, so it helps with bacteria and funguses. This research from the British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology is a scientific experiment proving lemon peel oils antimicrobial properties. It is super technical, but it is fantastic research!
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I am constantly trying out and testing natural products that claim to help RA. Lemon has been known to help Rheumatism since it does flush out bacteria in the body, which help your immune system. Since RA is an auto-immune disease, this can help keep everything working properly. I personally like it for RA since it helps with fatigue and increases my energy. Another reason you find me squeezing lemon on ALL things 🙂
Just like with increasing energy, lemon helps with fatigue too. For me, fatigue is a constant struggle since I have RA. Even if everything else feels okay joint wise, I will really struggle with this! One of my favorite concoctions for a fatigue filled day is my frozen green tea lemonade (recipe will be in newsletter next week, sign up below). This drink contains whole pieces of lemon, even parts of the peel, and it is exactly what you need to keep going!
I have also read articles that talk about it helping acne and eczema too.
This has to do with the aroma of lemon. Studies show that the scent of lemon in the air is an instant relaxer for your mind and body. I have a candle with scents of lemon in it that I light at my desk while I work. It is so soothing and immediately calms my mind down! This candle is one of my favorites for that wonderful lemon scent that is so comforting!
Since lemon is HIGHLY acid, always protect your teeth from it! It will wear the enamel away, so I always drink from a straw when I am drinking anything with lemon 🙂
I am excited to share this lemon loaf recipe with you in the next newsletter! It is one of my favorite treats this time of year and contains, of course, lemon!
I would love to hear how you feel about lemon! Are you a fan? Or is it not that big of a deal for you?
I hope this segment of the Chemist Solution Series can inspire you to incorporate more lemon in your life 🙂
Other sources from this page come from the American Chemical Society Research Library.