Not many like the sour taste of lemon and don’t prefer it for its extreme tartness; though, the sour fruit has various health uses. The benefits of lemon extract range from losing weight to controlling blood pressure, to skin benefits and more.
Acne is a skin condition in which hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Lemon extract reverses the damage and prevents it. One of the main ingredients of lemon extract is citric acid, which has been found effective against a number of skin problems such as acne. It is because of the presence of vitamin C in this citrus fruit that promotes healthy, glowing skin. Besides, the alkaline nature of the citric fruit kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. If you are struggling with acne, the first thing you should be doing every morning is drinking lemon extract with water.
Remedy for Fever and Cold
Cold and fever can occur for a number of reasons. When you have cold or fever, your body requires lots of immune-boosting vitamin C to eliminate the virus that has caused it. Lemon extract when combined with water is always a helpful remedy for internally supplying vitamin C to the defense mechanism. It can also be used externally on the mucous membranes in the nose and throat due to its antiviral properties. There is scientific evidence to prove that powerful antibacterial properties of lemon can destroy the bacteria that cause fever and cold.
Protects against Cancer
The lemon extract is potent to kill cancer cells. Lemon is known in alternative medicine as a cancer killing agent, with many researches backing the claim. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention suggested that lemon extract increased apoptosis, programmed cell death, in breast cancer cells in the laboratory. However, the compounds in lemon have shown to kill cancer cells in laboratory; pilot studies on human are needed to back the claim.
Fend Off Urinary Tract Stones
Kidney stones are mineral deposits in the kidney that accumulate because of the waste products that comprise excessive calcium, protein and chemicals in the urine. Urinary tract stones can cause intense pain as they move through the urine stream. Those with the condition often have recurrent attacks and also have the risk of possible damage to the urinary tract and kidney. A Moroccan study found scientific evidence that lemon juice helped prevent kidney stone formation in rats. Published in the journal BMC Urology, the study suggested that lemon extract may help prevent kidney stone formation.
Take Care of your Hair
Lemon juice has long been used as a natural treatment to prevent hair loss and boost growth. Lemon extract is an excellent hair tonic, which can give you strong, healthy hair and help you to get rid of dandruff. Lemon extract can eliminate the toxins that damage or discolour the strands. Another way you can use lemon on hair is by massaging it onto your scalp. Massaging lemon extract removes build-up of dead skin cells and is also a great solution for itchy and hair that is difficult to manage. As lemon is quite acidic, consider applying it in small amount, say two tablespoonfuls.
It's common to feel stressed at some point of time in your life. If you overlook it, stress can take a toll on the quality of your mental health. A study published in the journal Stress and Health suggests that lemon extract might help reduce psychological stress. The presence of essential oil compounds found in lemon extract (such as limonene, γ-terpinene and citral) were found to inhibit serum corticosterone levels and cerebral monoamine levels, both being the indicators of stress in the brain. Moreover, it was found that lemon balm has a calming effect on brain and may be able to help get rid of exhaustion and nervousness.
Rid Your Mouth of Canker Sores
Canker sores, also referred to as mouth ulcers, are painful sores that appear on the tongue, inside the lips and cheeks. These occur as a result of hormonal fluctuations, nutritional deficiencies and immune system problems. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of lemons and lemon extract can help in the healing process of canker sores. When you have canker sores, rinse your mouth with a mixture of lemon and water. Doing this thrice a day will ease the burning sensation and accelerate healing.
Slows Microbial Growth
According to an Italian study that was published in the Journal of Food Protection, lemon extracts could prove beneficial as a food preservative. After a quantitative study on the antimicrobial effect of lemon extract against some food spoilage microorganisms (yeasts, Bacillus species, and lactic acid bacteria), it was found that lemon extract slows the growth of bacteria and yeasts that cause food spoilage. (Images:Getty)