Lemons are actually considered a berry! They are thought to have originated in China. Mentioned in the Old Testament as early as the first century, lemons reached Southern Italy via the Romans approximately 2000 years ago.
From there they made their way to the Middle East where they appear in historicalLemon Juice records in the eleventh century. From there they made their way to the Americas by explorers to the New World.
In Europe and the Americas lemons were first appreciated as an ornamental fruit. Later in the eighteenth century they became very popular as an aid against scurvy.
Throughout ancient times, the fruit, peel and seeds have had a notable place in traditional medicine, utilized as an exfoliate, a defense against poisoning, digestive aid, food preservative and in oil form as a mood enhancer.
Food historians believe lemons to have been grown in the Mediterranean from as early as the first century A.D – though so rare, they were considered kingly gifts. The content of vitamin C is so high in lemons, they’ve long been required on British naval vessels. The price of lemons was driven up by miners during the Gold Rush due to their ability to prevent scurvy!
Lemon Juice RecipesAmazing Benefits
Low in calories, lemon juice has no saturated fats or cholesterol and is a valuable source of fiber. They’re especially rich in a variety of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.
The phytonutrients naringenin and hesperetin are powerful antioxidants, augmenting the immune system and lowering damage to DNA. They are also anti-inflammatories and remove harmful free radicals.
Potassium is very high in lemon juice. It assists the body in controlling blood pressure. Lutein, beta cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin are excellent anti-oxidants. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin, vision and mucous membranes.
This valuable source of B-complex vitamins fights oral and lung cancers. The Lemon Smoothieascorbic acid in lemon juice is not only a potent antioxidant, but also supports healthy digestion, prevents scurvy, and assists in dissolving kidney stones. It further works against infectious diseases and inflammation.
Lemon Juice & Smoothie Recipes
Spicy Lemon Apple Juice
1 Lemon – rind and all!
5 Apples – core, skin and all!
1 thumb fresh Ginger
Lemon Veggie Juice
1 Lemon – rind and all!
6 Carrots – peel and all!
1 stalk Celery
10 Grapes – seeds and all!
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