Tropical Super-food Lemons

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lemon1Brightly colored and arguably one of the most favored tropical fruits, lemons are believed to have originated as a cross between a citron and a lime.

Believed to have its origins somewhere in Asia, possibly China, Burma or India, the cultivation of lemons eventually spread through Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Christopher Columbus introduced this superfood to the Americas when he made his second voyage in 1493 and they have been a major food crop in Florida since the 16th century.

These bright yellow beauties offer abundant flavor to any dish they are invited to. They thrive in tropical, warm climates but suffer greatly when temperatures drop and frost conditions occur.

Just one lemon easily supplies 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C. Teamed up with flavonoid glycosides…naringenin and esperetin (found in nearly all citrus fruits), they form a team of highly effective free-radical zappers.

You’ll also find lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, B-carotenes and vitamin A all of which promote healthy vision, skin and mucus membranes. Lemons also supply the body with pantothenic acid and folates… both compounds are needed by the body but must be supplied by outside sources.

Thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium and fiber…along with a wealth of B vitamins, potassium, copper, and calcium are more of the vitamins and minerals and nutrients that lemons generously supply us with.

Extremely versatile, this “happy” fruit is revered as a food and for the health benefits it supplies us with.

They are both acidic and alkaline in nature and that coupled with the high level of Vitamin C content is the key to their healing healthy benefits.

Ongoing clinical studies prove that lemons have disease preventing abilities and they have already proven effective in labs tests and on patients as a potential treatment for cancer.

When consumed lemons have an alkaline effect on the body. This anti-inflammatory property is linked to the prevention of arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The fruit, peel, juice and essential oil of lemons is used to boost nutrition and when taken internally, this super-fruit has proven to play significant roles in:

Lowering blood pressure

Preventing or treating colds and flus

Healing sore throats

Relieving heart burn and improving digestion

Improving cholesterol levels

Lemons even help in weight loss and play important roles in many home topical remedies addressing a variety of conditions including acne, insect bites, dandruff and sunburn.

It’s easy to benefit from lemons because of their versatility and ability to enhance both savory and sweet dishes. They also play starring roles in many beverages and dressings and are a perfect balance to dark greens.

Unlike some other fruits, lemons are, for the most part, void of sugar/fructose (the cause of most metabolic complications) which makes them perfect for juicing.

Because they are high in potassium these yellow wonders not only provide benefits to the body but are proven to be effective in relaxing the mind to.

For more great healthy raw snack, treat and dessert recipes that you can feel good about eating and sharing with your family and friends check out “100 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats”…all prepared with the finest raw ingredients, free of chemical additives and processed sugars.