Lemon is better known to most of us as a fruit, mostly for its juice. Homemakers and caterers often use the zest or rind and the pulp in lemon for baking and cooking purposes. The most important fact about this lemon is that it contains citric acid with a tart flavor and a pH of around 2 to 3. More than its tart-like taste and its utility as lemon juice or lemonade, this little fruit has immense medicinal or healing features, which makes it so special. It would not be out of place to say that lemon is the synonym for Vitamin C, though there are also other forms of Vitamin C as well.
The rich source of chemical compounds that lemon contains plays an important role in improving immunity, strengthening the blood vessels, and healing the skin. It has been discovered that some of the chemical compounds present in lemon are successful in blocking certain cell changes that lead to the killer disease called cancer.
Lemon is useful for even small things apart from the big things such as fighting cancer, and strengthening the blood vessels. A quick rub of lemon in the armpits helps to combat the unpleasant smell. If you are suffering from a sore throat, then the instant relief from that would be to have a drink prepared by squeezing lemon into a cup of hot water and adding a little bit of honey. You will get an instant relief from the sore throat. Such is the effect of lemon that it is no secret that most of the cough syrups you find in a medical store have some amount of lemon content in them.
Lemon is the single largest and best source of Vitamin C. It has been found that a single lemon contains as much as 40 mg of Vitamin C, which, incidentally is the recommended intake of Vitamin C for one full day. The Vitamin C in lemons reduces the levels of histamine, which is responsible for contributing to stuffed noses and runny eyes. It is for this reason aged people and experienced persons advise to drink lemony drinks while suffering from cold.
We often come across the ailment of stones in the kidney and heard about or experienced the pain caused by those tiny stones. The chemical named citric acid, present in abundance in lemon, plays a vital role in reducing calcium excretion, and thus helps to a great extent in preventing the formation of little stones in the kidney.
The zest or rind of the lemon has some special properties as well. This zest has a rich content of bioflavonoid called rutin. Bioflavonoid belongs to a group of anti-oxidant plant chemicals. This rutin helps in strengthening the walls of the veins and capillaries in our body and reduces the pain in the veins considerably.
It has been found that a cup of black tea everyday with lemon added to it reduces certain types of skin cancer. The lemon content in the tea helps in enhancing the capability of an enzyme called glutathione S-transferase, which, in turn, detoxifies certain cancer-creating compounds in the body.