By Sayer Ji
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
You know lemon, right? It is a tart, exciting, delicious and indispensable ingredient in recipes and beverages. But did you know that scientists have identified it is as a powerful medicine as well?
The most powerful healing substances on this planet are masquerading as foods, and this is all the more true for fruits. We’ve already written about The Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits , including lemons, but it deserves its own article for a number of reasons.
Here are 12 reasons why it deserves respect as a cutting-edge medicine, and not just something found in refreshing beverages or as an indispensable ingredient in a number of culinary recipes.
Lemon’s Evidence-Based Healing Properties Revealed:
1. It Can Lower Blood Pressure:
Simply smelling this fruit has been found in lower blood pressure. 
2. It Can Lessen Constipation:
In combination with rosemary and peppermint essential oil, the smell of lemon has been found to relieve constipation in the elderly. 
3. It Can Remedy Bad Breath:
In combination with tea tree and peppermint essential oil, it can reduce malodour and sulphur compounds in the breath of intensive care patients. 
4. It Can Reduce Esophageal Cancer Risk:
Lemon, like all citrus fruits, contains physiological significant levels of flavones; Flavone intake has been found to be inversely associated with esophageal cancer risk. 
5. Oral Yeast Infection:
Lemon juice has therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush (oral candida infection) in HIV/AIDS patients. 
6. It Can Dissolve Kidney Stones:
Lemonade therapy appears to be a reasonable alternative for patients with hypocitraturic nephrolithiasis (a type of kidney stone).  
7. It Can Reduce Inflammation:
Lemon mucilage has significant in vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory effects. 
8. It Can Protect Your Heart:
Lemon juice antioxidant and cardioprotective properties. 
9. It Can Protect Against Cholera:
Lemon juice is a biocide against Vibrio cholerae, the pathogen that can cause cholera. 
10. It Is A Powerful Antioxidant and Prevents LDL Oxidation:
Excessive oxidative stress is a contributing factor to accelerating aging, inflammation and a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions. One of the primary reasons why LDL cholesterol can cause heart disease is that it oxidizes LDL cholesterol, resulting in artherogenicity (the ability to damage the inner lining of the arteries). Lemon is a powerful antioxidant and is capable of preventing LDL oxidation. 
11. It Can Help Lift Your Mood and Reduce Anxiety:
Lemon oil possesses anxiety relieving (anxiolytic), antidepressant-like via modulation of neurotransmitters. 
12. It Can Help You Maintain An Ideal Weight:
Lemon peel polyphenols suppress diet-induced obesity, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. 
In addition, lemon is also one of the most concentrated sources of food vitamin C on the planet. Unlike ascorbic acid – which is the synthetic form of vitamin C, commonly derived from GMO corn – lemon contains all the essential cofactors needed to provide the body the means to utilize it, and maximize its effectiveness in disease prevention and treatment (Pssssst. Please don’t tell the FDA, since its not approved to ‘prevent, treat, or cure any disease,’ and they wouldn’t’ look kindly on this statement).
For more information on the healing properties of lemon, view our lemon database and share this information far and wide. Also, view our popular blog on GMTV, 9 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning. Also, learn more about the amazing healing properties of vitamin C by reading Research Proving Vitamin C’s Therapeutic Value in 200+ Conditions.
Updated August 2014
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About the author:
Sayer Ji is an author, educator, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of GreenMedInfo.com – an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. His writings have been published and referenced widely in print and online, including Truthout, Mercola.com, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, New York Times and The Well Being Journal.
In 1995 Sayer received a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University, where he studied under the American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire, with a focus on the philosophy of science. In 1996, following residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, he embarked on a 5 year journey of service as a counsellor-teacher and wilderness therapy specialist for various organizations that serve underprivileged and/or adjudicated populations. Since 2003, Sayer has served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.