Recent reports confirm that the entire lemon should be used with nothing wasted. Not only for the obvious health benefits but also for the amazing taste!
How does one do this?
Simple, take an organic lemon, wash it, and then put it in the freezer. Once it is frozen you get whatever is necessary to grate or shred the whole lemon without even peeling it first.
Then sprinkle it on your salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, or whatever. No holds barred.
Why do this?
Because the lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself and the peel is the part that is usually wasted.
Lemon Extract’s Effect on Cancer
But wait, there’s more. This is what research has found about lemons and cancer:
“A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit consumption may lower breast cancer risk.(1)”
They further say that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that it destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas and that the compounds of the lemon tree were 10,000 times more effective than the product Adriamycin, which is a drug normally used chemotherapeutically in the world to slow the growth of cancer cells. Even more, this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells.
It doesn’t end there. It has an anti-microbial effect against bacterial infections and fungi; it is effective against internal parasites and worms; it regulates blood pressure, it acts as an anti-depressant; it combats stress and nervous disorders.
Till date, this research has been done using a compound of lemon and not in humans, but it is very promising! In the meantime, we should all be trying to include as much lemon as possible in our diet, using both the flesh and the peel.
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