31Days of Fruits & Vegetables – Lemon
The Lemon origins started as a Hybrid a mix between a bitter orange and citron. Although they are not widely cultivated, Lemons have been known to enter Europe and Italy during the second century. It wasn’t until the late 1400’s that lemons were introduced into America and in the 19th century that it became very popular and planted in Florida and California.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases. Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P (bioflavonoids) in lemon thus prevents internal hemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure. The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin, found in lemons.
Beyoncè was on the right money naming her album Lemonade.