In my nutrition studies, I learned that lemons are a good source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
Recently I was given a large bagful of fresh, hand-picked Arizona lemons. And someone else asked me, “Are there any health benefits of drinking lemon water?”
I took these two events as a hint that I needed to know more about lemons. It was time to do a little more research. What I found is truly amazing.
The following is a brief summary of a few of the key health benefits of drinking lemon water regularly.
In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss explains some of the medicinal values of a lemon:
- It helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue
- It assists in “cleansing the system of impurities” and will help prevent disease
- It is effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in joints) and other poisons in the body
- It can help reduce symptoms of malaria, rheumatism, gout, rickets and tuberculosis.
Kloss also states that lemon is an excellent stimulant to the liver, thus confirming what I had learned as a twenty-something.
Lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow. For liver complaints, Kloss recommends drinking warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast.
A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than from any other food.
He says the primary purpose of the lemon is to:
- Provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute
- Help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels.