We often associate the word lemon with being unwanted, awkward or otherwise ‘odd’. When we’re left out in a conversation for instance, we will often say that we feel like a lemon. But where lemons got this bad reputation from is unclear.
After all, lemon is far from being unuseful or unwanted! In fact, lemon has a huge number of very impressive health benefits. In this post, we’ll look at 18 of the very best and hopefully you’ll see why it deserves a place in your diet.
And apart from anything else, lemon is also highly versatile: you can use lemon as an ingredient in a whole range of different types of cooking, you can flavour things with lemon… it’s even common to make lemon flavoured tea!
Across much of Europe, lemon is commonly used in the place of milk in tea. And as you’ll see, those Europeans might have been doing themselves a world of good without even knowing it!
1. Boosts the Immune System
The biggest benefit of lemon is likely the simple fact that it contains a huge amount of vitamin C. That in turn brings a whole host of other incredible benefits, which we are going to break down.
One of the biggest benefits of vitamin C is that it strengthens and supports the immune system. In other words, it helps the body to ward off infections and other unwanted pathogens. That in turn helps to keep you feeling healthier and stronger for more of the time and also prevents a whole host of potentially unwanted symptoms.
This is especially important during times of high stress. It’s highly important for athletes too, who will often be highly prone to illness during times when they are engaging in a lot of intensive training and might therefore find themselves struggling to recover between bouts of working out!