The health benefits of lemon water

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Source: BBC

Lemons and other citrus fruits are well known for their colourful pitted skins and tart, refreshing taste. Lemons contain citric acid and are well known for their high vitamin C content. The peel of a lemon consists of two layers: the outer zest and a white inner layer. The zest contains essential oils – the most common of which is called limonene.

Nutritional benefits

Lemons have been used for centuries and have been highly regarded in the past for treating scurvy, a rare condition that can develop through lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Vitamin C is often claimed to support the immune system, however, studies have been inconclusive. One study found that although vitamin C did not prevent otherwise healthy people from catching the common cold, it may shorten the duration of symptoms, and halved the common cold risk in people exposed to short periods of extreme physical stress (e.g. marathon runners). Lemons also contain some vitamin B6 and other antioxidants called flavanoids. They are low in calories but high in flavour.

Health claims

Headlines have linked drinking lemon water to many other health claims, including weight loss, improved digestion, ‘alkalising’ effects on the body, improved skin and detoxification. The research, especially human studies, to back up many of these health claims is minimal.

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Categories: Food, Health, The Muslim Times

1 reply

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