Monday, 13 October 2014

Fighting Cancer with Lemons

You may have heard the new fad that lemons are the new natural way to preventing and curing cancer. Taking lemonade, eating the lemon pulp directly or even on pastries may help fight all types of cancers. Although, according to stop cancer fund, this has not been scientifically proven, lemons do have some anti-cancer properties and are an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, lemons are effective against internal parasites and worms, Lemons also regulate blood pressure and act as an antidepressant.

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Properties of Lemon
Lemons contain mainly sugars and citric acid however the outer layer (zest) contains essential oils, 90% limonene (which has anti-cancer properties), 5% citral, and small amounts of cintronellal, alphaterpineol, linayl and geranyl acetate. The inner layer contains glycosides and coumarin derivative that give lemon’s their bitter taste. So what are the health benefits of lemon towards fighting cancer.

Health Benefits of Lemons Towards Fighting Cancer

1.      Lemons are a great source of vitamin C which has antioxidant and anti-aging properties that clear up your skin leaving you with an even skin tone and reduces the appearance of wrinkles this will help reduce the effects of chemotherapy on your complexion. Try a face mask beauty treatment with lemons.

2.      Vitamin B6 which helps with the synthesis of DNA which will repair the damage caused by cancer.

3.      Lemons contain electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium that will hydrate your body and regulate its functioning. Some cancer patients’ loss electrolytes from their bodily fluids especially through vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or high fever (this is known as hypercalcemia) which cause electrolyte imbalance. Lemons could help restore electrolytes in the body,

4.      Lemons also contain phytochemical, flavonoids, carotenoids and limonoids which all have anti-cancer properties. Flavonoids in lemons help improve blood flow, boost immunity, maintain normal blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Flavonoids also contains antioxidants, anti-cancer, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that the intake of flavonoids reduces the risks of tumors of the breast, lung, prostrate, pancreas and colon.

5.      The citric acid contained in lemons will eliminate calcium deposits in your arteries. The citric acid in lemons also clears out pancreatic and kidney stones. In addition the citric acid will helps to also clean out your liver by stimulating natural enzymes to dump out toxins. Citric acid blocks glyclolysis and cancer cells produce energy by glyclolysis for rapid cell growth of the tumor.

6.      Lemons form alkaline in your body which helps balance off your pH levels. Cancer cells are known to thrive in an acidic environment.

In conclusions lemons are beneficial towards fighting cancer but cancer treatment is still requires in an overall sense if diagnosed with cancer. Basically the whole lemon should be part of your diet, including the peel and the seeds which are also beneficial to your health. Lemon seeds have antiseptic properties which is great in treating fungal ailments and dealing with intestinal parasites. The Lemon peels contain limonene and salvestrol Q40 that fight cancerous cells, improve oral health, improve complexion and stimulate weight loss. A quick way to go about receiving all the benefits derived from a lemon would be not to waste any part of it. You may try freezing a clean lemon until it is frozen solid then grating the lemon over everything, from your meal to your desserts.

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