Lemon Rx: 12 Evidence-Based Reasons Why It is A Powerful Medicine

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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. [1]

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. [2]

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. [3]

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. [4]

5. Oral Yeast Infection:

Lemon juice has therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush (oral candida infection) in HIV/AIDS patients. [5]

6. It Can Dissolve Kidney Stones:

Lemonade therapy appears to be a reasonable alternative for patients with hypocitraturic nephrolithiasis (a type of kidney stone). [6] [7]

7. It Can Reduce Inflammation:

Lemon mucilage has significant in vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory effects. [8]

8. It Can Protect Your Heart:

Lemon juice antioxidant and cardioprotective properties. [9]

9. It Can Protect Against Cholera:

Lemon juice is a biocide against Vibrio cholerae, the pathogen that can cause cholera. [10]

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]

11. It Can Help Lift Your Mood and Reduce Anxiety:

Lemon oil possesses anxiety relieving (anxiolytic), antidepressant-like via modulation of neurotransmitters. [12]

12. It Can Help You Maintain An Ideal Weight:

Lemon peel polyphenols suppress diet-induced obesity, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. [13]

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

Article References

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[2] Myung-Ae Kim, Jung-Kyu Sakong, Eun-Jin Kim, Eun-Ha Kim, Eun-Ha Kim. [Effect of aromatherapy massage for the relief of constipation in the elderly]. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2005 Feb;35(1):56-64. PMID: 15778557

[3] Myung-Haeng Hur, Joohyang Park, Wendy Maddock-Jennings, Dong Oak Kim, Myeong Soo Lee. Reduction of mouth malodour and volatile sulphur compounds in intensive care patients using an essential oil mouthwash. J Nutr. 2002 Apr;132(4):703-7. PMID: 17380550

[4] Marta Rossi, Werner Garavello, Renato Talamini, Carlo La Vecchia, Silvia Franceschi, Pagona Lagiou, Paola Zambon, Luigino Dal Maso, Cristina Bosetti, Eva Negri. Flavonoids and risk of squamous cell esophageal cancer. Arch Intern Med. 2000 Apr 10;160(7):1009-13. PMID: 17192901

[5] S C Wright, J E Maree, M Sibanyoni. Treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients with lemon juice and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and gentian violet. Phytomedicine. 2009 Mar;16(2-3):118-24. Epub 2008 Dec 23. PMID: 19109001

[6] David E Kang, Roger L Sur, George E Haleblian, Nicholas J Fitzsimons, Kristy M Borawski, Glenn M Preminger. Long-term lemonade based dietary manipulation in patients with hypocitraturic nephrolithiasis. J Urol. 2007 Apr;177(4):1358-62; discussion 1362; quiz 1591. PMID: 17382731

[7] Mohammed Touhami, Amine Laroubi, Khadija Elhabazi, Farouk Loubna, Ibtissam Zrara, Younes Eljahiri, Abdelkhalek Oussama, Félix Grases, Abderrahman Chait. Lemon juice has protective activity in a rat urolithiasis model. BMC Urol. 2007 Oct 5;7:18. PMID: 17919315

[8] Enza Maria Galati, Antonia Cavallaro, Tommaso Ainis, Maria Marcella Tripodo, Irene Bonaccorsi, Giuseppe Contartese, Maria Fernanda Taviano, Vincenzo Fimiani. Anti-inflammatory effect of lemon mucilage: in vivo and in vitro studies. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2005;27(4):661-70. PMID: 16435583

[9] Yoshiaki Miyake, Mika Mochizuki, Miki Okada, Masanori Hiramitsu, Yasujiro Morimitsu, Toshihiko Osawa. Isolation of antioxidative phenolic glucosides from lemon juice and their suppressive effect on the expression of blood adhesion molecules. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2007 Aug;71(8):1911-9. Epub 2007 Aug 7. PMID: 17690486

[10] M C de Castillo, C G de Allori, R C de Gutierrez, O A de Saab, N P de Fernandez, C S de Ruiz, A P Holgado, O M de Nader. Bactericidal activity of lemon juice and lemon derivatives against Vibrio cholerae. Biol Pharm Bull. 2000 Oct;23(10):1235-8. PMID: 11041258

[11] J Grassmann, D Schneider, D Weiser, E F Elstner. Antioxidative effects of lemon oil and its components on copper induced oxidation of low density lipoprotein. Arzneimittelforschung. 2001 Oct;51(10):799-805. PMID: 11715632

[12] Migiwa Komiya, Takashi Takeuchi, Etsumori Harada. Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice. Behav Brain Res. 2006 Sep 25;172(2):240-9. Epub 2006 Jun 15. PMID: 16780969

[13] Yoshiko Fukuchi, Masanori Hiramitsu, Miki Okada, Sanae Hayashi, Yuka Nabeno, Toshihiko Osawa, Michitaka Naito. Lemon Polyphenols Suppress Diet-induced Obesity by Up-Regulation of mRNA Levels of the Enzymes Involved in beta-Oxidation in Mouse White Adipose Tissue. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2008 Nov;43(3):201-9. Epub 2008 Oct 31. PMID: 19015756

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About the author:

sayer jiSayer 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.

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  • I love lemon! I’m blessed to have a lemon tree in my backyard so for much of the year I can pick me own.