There’s no doubt lemons are some of the most health beneficial fruits on the planet. This super food, which belongs to the citrus family, is abundant in flavonoids – powerful antioxidants that have been proved beneficial for treatment of many ailments and conditions.
Lemons don’t only add a strong flavor to your food, but they also provide a wide array of health benefits.
Now, when it comes to the method of consumption, lemons are generally juiced. But, juicing doesn’t reap all the health benefits of lemons, which is why more and more people turn to freezing them instead.
There are several reasons why freezing lemons is better. First of all, lemon peels contain numerous health-boosting compounds that improve the immune system, regulate cholesterol levels and protect against cancer development.
Next, lemon peels have powerful antiseptic properties, which guard against bacterial and fungal infections. This is particularly important when fighting internal parasites and worms.
Last, but not least, no matter whether used in lemonade, lemon water or lemon tea, lemons are the most important part of every detox method.
Some of the greatest therapeutic properties of lemons include the following:
Reducing the risk of stroke
Preventing against and reducing asthma symptoms
Fighting harmful bacteria
Preventing and reducing depression and stress
Detoxifying the liver and kidneys
Lemons and Cancer
Although lemons are generally used for their high vitamin C content, mostly concentrated in their juice, new research suggests that lemon peel is even more abundant in nutrients including antioxidants. This is why lemon peel is extremely beneficial for removing toxic waste from the body, but also for fighting cancer.
The link between lemons and cancer has been the subject of many studies over the past decades. Following more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, it has been confirmed that frozen lemons can destroy the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
In addition, some studies have even suggested that frozen lemons, compared to chemotherapy, can be more effective in destroying cancer cells. Also, they are much safer than conventional anti-cancer therapies, which normally affect healthy cells too.
Get the Most of Your Lemons
It’s been scientifically confirmed that lemon peels have 5-10 more vitamins than their juice.
According to Dr. Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist and expert on women’s health, lemon peels can improve overall health. In an interview for BBC food, Dr. Glenville said:
“Most of the antioxidants included in fruit are included in the peel or the pith rather than in the pulp.”
She also added:
“Smoothie is far better than a juice, since you can consume the whole fruit including the peel, and you will not throw away a single nutrient from the fruit.”
Due to the fact that citrus fruits are generally disliked for their bitter flavor, use the recipe below to lessen the bitterness and reap most of lemon’s therapeutic properties.
Freeze your Lemons
Wash your lemons thoroughly. You can use organic apple cider vinegar or baking soda for this.
Rinse them well before you pat them dry.
Freeze your lemons overnight.
When they are completely frozen, grate the whole lemon.
Place the grated lemons into ice cube trays, and freeze again. Use according to need. Add them to your salads, soups, yoghurt, pasta sauces or homemade ice cream.
You can also add a tablespoon of grated lemon to your smoothie, juice or tea. Frozen lemon also combines well with baked goods.