When we think of having fruit juice, first and foremost fruit that comes to our mind is sweet lemon. Irrespective of the season, this juice is available round the year in any juice stall. This fruit looks like a big lemon but it tastes very sweet. That is the reason it is called sweet lemon. The pulp of the ripe fruit is in yellow colour. People do peel and eat the fruit, but juice is the most popular way of having this fruit. It has got high nutritional and medicinal values.
It juice is best made at home. To make this juice, wash 2-3 sweet lemons and pat them dry, cut them in halves and squeeze the juice using a juicer. Strain the juice into a glass and add little sugar, stir well and the refreshing juice is ready to serve. The drawback of sweet lemon juice is that some people are allergic to it and it is linked with the incidence of migraine and also considered a triggering factor in some asthmatics.
THE FOLLOWING ARE ITS HEALTH BENEFITS
■ Sweet lemon juice is the best remedy for those suffering from scurvy, which is caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C. It helps in the speedy recovery because of the vast amounts of vitamin C present in this fruit.
■ The sweet aroma of this fruit activates the taste buds in the mouth which helps to increase the secretion of digestive saliva. The flavonoids in this fruit along with pancreatic juices help to release digestive juices and acids and bile, helping the food to get digested quickly and for quick absorption into the blood. That is why sweet lemon juice is given to people recuperating on the bed and who are in the need of quick energy. Thus, inclusion of this fruit in your diet benefits the overall digestive health of your body.
■ After jogging, walking or yoga, a glass of this fruit’s juice gives instant energy to the tired body. Nutritionist’s generally advice is to take its juice along with breakfast, to keep oneself energetic the whole day.
■ It also helps to get immediate relief from constipation. This juice flushes out toxins from the bowel tracts. Sweet lemon juice with a pinch of salt is often given to people who have constipation problems.
■ Potassium is abundantly available in this fruit, which not only gives relief from diarrhea and dysentery but also helps in the speedy recovery from various other diseases. High concentration of potassium helps to detoxify the kidneys, bladder and also cure infections in the urinary bladder.
■ Sweet lemon is also a cure for jaundice, vomiting and giddiness.
■ By drinking this juice one can get immediate relief from pain in the gums and throat related infections. Daily consumption of the juice improves cardiac function and helps to regulate blood flow in the body, thus helping to stop various diseases from entering the body.
■ It also improves eye sight.
■ The limonoids present in this fruit play an important role in cleaning and protecting the lungs.
■ Flavonoids such as Limonin and Glycoside, which are present in sweet lemon fruit, have anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, detoxifying and antibiotic properties that are very helpful in healing oral ulcers and peptic ulcers.
■ A glass of warm water mixed with lemon juice and a spoonful of honey, taken on empty stomach in the morning helps to reduce weight.
■ After your children comes back from a game, if they are given this juice, it will not only quench his thirst but will also make them feel energetic.
Other benefits of sweet lemon
► We can sprinkle diluted essential oils which are present in lemon peel on bath linen, carpets and furniture upholstery. This will lend a fresh fragrance while the antibacterial properties of these oils will help keep the bugs away.
► Citrus essential oils in the form of candles or red fragrances are a great home decor idea for the holiday season.
► Its Juice also helps in beautification of the skin. Regular consumption of this juice removes the spots on the skin and gives it a glow.
► Beauty therapists use lemon extracts for hair and skin therapies. Aroma therapy also makes wide use of the essential oils in citrus fruits such as sweet lemon.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna