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More Than 13 Ways Lemons Benefit Your Health and Home

Joseph Mercola

Lemons are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and flavonoids that have a variety of medicinal beneKts, including antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. The nutritional value of lemons is associated with several robust health benefits.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The flavonoids found in lemons also reduce inflammation, dyslipidemia, endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. A mixture of garlic and lemon juice improved lipid levels and blood pressure, all risk factors for heart disease.

The antioxidants in lemons may help protect liver health; several studies have shown topical application of vitamin C can slow the early signs of skin aging, prevent photoaging and help treat hyperpigmentation, skin hydration and elasticity by promoting collagen synthesis.

Lemons can naturally clean and deodorize your home, and can be used as an insect repellent and weed killer. Although generally well-tolerated, some people are allergic to lemon, or develop contact dermatitis with repeated exposure to it. Drinking lemon water through a straw can reduce enamel erosion. Drinking too much can lead to heartburn and nausea.

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