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Lemons, known scientifically as Citrus limons, are a vibrant yellow fruit that we often use for its juice in lemonade or lemon meringue pie. However, the pulp and rind are also of great benefit. Lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits. Lemons are available throughout the year but summer is their peak season. Lemons are an extremely versatile fruit, you can eat them in slices, sip healthy lemon water, make lemonade, garnish food with them, and use their juice and peels in cooking and more. 

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Health Benefits of Lemon: 

1- Lemon contains vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein. (1,3)

2- Lemons and limes contain the most citric acid of any fruits, which makes them beneficial to those suffering from kidney stones. (1,2,4)

3- Lemon is helpful for people suffering from heart problems because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea as it provides a calming sensation to both mind and body. (1,2,5)

4- Lemons contain pectin fiber, a soluble dietary fiber essential for colon health. Pectin binds to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and decelerates glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. Consumption of pectin has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels. (1,2,3,6)

5- Lemons and lemon juice are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Antioxidants may help prevent the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer, which means they play an important role in cancer prevention. (1,2,3,9)

6- Lemons contain vitamin C and citric acid, which help you absorb non-heme iron from plants. This may help prevent anemia. (3,7,8)

7- The plant compounds such as phenols in lemon extracts may help prevent or reduce weight gain. (1,2,10)

8- Rutin, found in lemons, helps in maintaining the health of your eyes and reduces symptoms of eye problems. (1,2,6)

9- Lemons are powerfully antibacterial, that prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease such as malaria, diphtheria, and typhoid. (1,2,11)

10- The bioflavonoids in lemons prevent internal hemorrhage by way of strengthening blood vessels. Therefore, making lemons very useful to those with high blood pressure. (1,2,6)

11- Lemons also contain terpenes which produce the invigorating aroma we often associate with lemons. It is extensively valued for its clean odor, but has many healing qualities as well. It improves attentiveness, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and stiffness. (1,2,6,12)

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