Like all the other citrus out there, the Lemon Tree originated in Central Asia. By the 12th Century, Arab Traders had brought the lemon to the Iberian Peninsula and soon lemon trees began to spread through Europe. The Murcia region in Spain, where Lemons first began to see a degree of refinement, is one of the best places today to find the juiciest, most aromatic lemons.
The lemon traveled from the groves of Southern Europe to the Americas thanks to the 16th Century Spanish explorers and Missionaries. Today, the Lemon is grown and cultivated on in the moderate regions around the world. While not liking extremes, the lemon does need a few cold nights in order to turn from green to yellow, which is why citrus from more tropical regions tends to be green.
The lemon is packed with those all essential phytochemicals, which are substances that can help prevent free radicals and those limit the chances of cancers and other diseases. Lemon also contains Vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and also helps to fight free radical destruction. Besides boosting the body’s immune system, lemon is also used to help with iron absorption, circulation and detoxifying. Using a bit of lemon juice on your food can help counteract many of the carcinogens that can found in your food and the environment you are eating it in.
Lemon is used for:
Anemia: Lemon contains folic acid which helps in the production of blood. Folic acid is also an important supplement for Pregnant women.
Poor Circulation: The Vitamin C in Lemon helps strengthen the walls of the arteries, improving their elasticity and reducing their tendency to clot.
Uric Acid buildup: Lemon juice helps eliminate excess uric acid, which is a waste product found in your urine. Too much uric acid is one of the main causes of gout.
Kidney Stones: Lemon juice can also help dissolve kidney stones.
Infections: The phytochemicals and Vitamin C contained within the lemon helps kill off infections, whether they be viral or bacterial.
Digestive problems: Diluted lemon juice is a great aid for diarrhea, gastroenteritis and colitis.
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Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books Aloe - Your Miracle Doctor and 'Pharmacy in Vegetables'. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry's new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic to be released soon.