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The Health Effects Of Lemons

The lemon is a species of a small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. Lemon has no fat, no cholesterol, 3% of potassium, 2% of protein, 3% of carbohydrates and no sodium.

Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fibre, and plant compounds that give them several health benefits.

It is important to note that, the soluble fibre in lemon aids in healthy digestion. Lemons contain about 50mg of Vitamin C, which is over half the amount of Vitamin C needed in your daily diet. Lemon can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease with regular consumption.

Even though lemon has several health advantages, drinking lemon water regularly can lead to enamel erosion or tooth decay because of the acid in the citrus fruit.

Too much lemon water can also lead to heartburn, nausea, vomiting and other gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.

One side effect of lemon is the fact that it is the most common side effect of using fruit acids. Lemon is extremely acidic, which can irritate the skin.

Lemon is used to treat scurvy, a condition caused by not having enough vitamin C. Lemon is also used for the common cold and flu, H1N1 flu, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, kidney stones and Meniere's diseases.

Lemons are also known for their health benefit of helping individuals to lose weight. In other words, they have diuretic properties which help in detoxifying the body, thereby burning the fat in the body system.

Lemons contain citrate, which helps prevent calcium from building up and forming stones in the kidneys. It is interesting to note that, this benefit of lemon can not be found in oranges, making lemon a unique tool in kidney stone prevention.

Hot lemon water may induce relaxation before bed, which could help with sleep. It can also help with general hydration.

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