Health Properties of Lemon Juice

The miracle that exists in the power of lemon juice cannot be underestimated.

Squeeze the contents of both FRESH lemon halves into a glass of water and drink twice a day. (Lemon juice from stores have stabilizers and should be avioded.)

Having discussed the many benefits of lemon juice with clients, cooking class students, family, and friends I felt it important to share the latest research written by By Traci Joy, eHow Contributor.

How  to Use Lemon Juice

Everyday  Uses for Lemon Juice

“There are a few special properties of lemon juice that give it its health  benefits. The first is a group of compounds called limonoids. Limonoids are  found in many citrus fruits, including lemons. According to the American  Dietetic Association, limonoids are responsible for the bitter taste in citrus  fruits such as lemons and graprefruit. One limonoid in particular, called  limonin, is found to have cholesterol-lowering effects as well.A study in the November/December 2007 issue of “Alternative Therapies”  reports that 80 percent of the cholesterol in the body is made in the liver,  built with a substance called apolipoprotein B and triglycerides. The limonin,  found in lemons, works by slowing the production of both apolipoprotein and  triglycerides. Lemons also contain high amounts of vitamin C, a very powerful  antioxidant that is reported in the June 2006 issue of the “Nigerian Journal of  Physiological Sciences” to dramatically reduce total cholesterol levels after a  mere 30 days of supplementation.

Putting It Into Action

  • Now you know that lemon juice can help you reduce your cholesterol levels,  but you should also know exactly how to use it. You can substitute lemon juice  for high-fat dressings on salads, or saute chicken or fish in lemon instead of  butter.

    You can also use the lemon juice as a drink. Take a fresh lemon and wash it  well. Roll it on the counter top to soften it inside. Cut the lemon in half and  squeeze it into one cup of warm or hot water. Use the other half of the lemon in  a cup of hot water at night. Doing this every day will help bring down your  cholesterol levels, and increase your intake of vitamin C.”

    By Traci Joy, eHow Contributor

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