Lemons: Good For Pucker Power, Great For Lemonade, Excellent For Your Health!!
This was a favorite saying of my grandmother's. We didn`t know who in her life kept giving them to her but we did know that we loved the cold drink that she would pour into our glasses on hot summer days. While she was giving us this refreshing drink, little did we know that it was so healthy for us.
Her recipe was simple: fresh squeezed juice mixed with honey and water. It was later on in life that we realized that she was teaching us a lesson in life and not just giving us something to cool to drink. In today's hurried world it seems as if no one has the time to make a refreshing glass of lemonade; instead, consumers are drinking more and more soft drinks,which is non-beneficial to the health and upkeep of our bodies.
Which Vitamins And Minerals Are Found This Fruit?
What Are The Benefits Of These Vitamins and Minerals?
Researchers have found that the juice is a strong antibacterial and that it kills certain types of bacteria such as cholera, diphtheria and typhoid as well as possibly other diseases.
It was also discovered that adding this fruit to your diet on a regular basis also aided in breaking down carcinogens commonly found in our environment and in our food supply. The phytochemicals they create have a high preventive factor against cancer cell growth, thus helping to reduce the risk of cancer.
The folic acid assists the blood in healthy reproduction of blood cells. With healthy blood comes better circulation, which helps prevent thrombosis. It acts as a depurant and helps remove toxins from the blood stream. Lemons help improve the elasticity and increases the strength of the circulatory arterial walls, helping to prevent the risk of clotting, high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.
While there is plenty of medical research into the health benefits, Grandma had a whole list of things that they would help or cure. When we got the hiccups, a slice drizzled with honey on top was grandma's cure. For headaches, she would add a few drops to a cup of coffee.
Seemed like "whatever ailed us", Grandma could fix it with one of these little yellow fruits! Added to a glass of water, they are good for the digestive system, giving relief to upset stomachs. They are good for constipation, worm infestations, colitis/diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, cures scurvy, gout, helps prevent kidney stones and also reduces menstrual cramps. It also helped heal wounds faster, reduce fevers, relieves asthma symptoms and helps heal sore throats.
How to Buy and Store This Fruit
This fruit should be a nice uniform yellow, slightly firm to the touch with no bruised areas. They can be stored in a fruit bowl on the counter or placed in the crisper of the refrigerator.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
Lemons can be squeezed over fish or chicken before cooking to add a zesty taste to the meal.
A slice with a glass of ice tea or with a margarita adds the perfect touch.
The juice can be added to oil and vinegar for salad dressings.
It can be put on cut up fruit and avocados to keep them from turning brown.
Grandma's Miscellaneous Tips On Uses For Lemons
An easy way to clean copper is to dip half of a lemon in salt, rub the copper object, rinse in hot water, dry with a soft cloth.
Put the peels in a blender and blend to a liquid. Pour into small containers and set around the house for air fresheners.
Use the juice along with your shampoo to make your hair shine.
While this tart fruit makes our face distorted and our mouth pucker, the health benefits are numerous so pick some up on your next trip to the grocery store and get started living healthier.
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