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The lemon is actually a hybrid citrus tree developed as a cross between a lime and a citron, an ancient fruit that is best known for its fragrant peel, and mentioned by the scholar Ibn al-Qayyim in his Prophetic medicine. The lemon is an oval-shaped fruit used for its juice, pulp and rind zest in cooking.
Ibn al-Qayyim on the Citron
Ibn al-Qayyim described the health benefits of the citron in his Prophetic medicine. Among the uses of the scented peel of the fruit, he said that it sweetened the breath and aided digestion. He mentioned some of the benefits of the pulp as being beneficial for the liver and stomach, and quenching thirst. The seeds of the fruit were described as having a dissolving and dessicative (drying or preserving) power, and being beneficial for all kinds of poisons and bites.
Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C. they also contain Vitamin A, folate, calcium and potassium. Limonene, a compound shown to have anticancer properties in laboratory animals, is present in lemons. All citrus fruits are high in flavonoids, the most common antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables and shown in studies to block substances that cause cancer and heart disease.
Some of the studies into the health benefits of lemons include:
In laboratory tests, citrus limonoids have been shown to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon, and human neuroblastoma tumors, which occur most often in children. Next to cranberries, lemons were more potent in killing human liver cancer cells. Because of limonoids' ability to stay in the bloodstream for an extended period of time, researchers believe that they may be better suited for suppressing cancer cell growth than any other nutrient. In comparison, phenols in green tea typically stay in the system for only four to six hours.
Vitamin C-rich foods provide protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of arthritis involving two or more joints. A research study involving more than 20,000 subjects found that subjects who consumed the lowest amounts of vitamin C-rich foods were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis that those who consumed the highest amounts.
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