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We all know Lemons are good for us, but do you know why? We share 7 healthy tidbits you never knew about lemons, but that will change your opinion about them for good.

1. Lemons Fight Cancer

Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

2. Enhances Concentration

Studies have shown that inhaling lemon oil helps to increase concentration. It can be used as an air freshener in offices to increase productivity.

3. Helps to Reduce Fever

Drinking hot water, honey and lemon juice has been known to bring down a fever. It needs to be repeated every two hours in order to ensure that the condition remains stable.

4. Assist in Antioxidant Absorption

Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body’s ability to absorb antioxidants in the tea by about 80%.

5. Haircare

Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care. When applied to the scalp, it can treat problems such as dandruff and hair loss. If you apply lemon juice directly onto your hair, it will develop a natural shine.

lemons | Longevity Live6. Jam-Packed with Vitamin C

Just one lemon has more than 100% of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help to increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.

7. Dental Care

Lemon juice is frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied to the area of a toothache, it can assist in easing the pain. Massaging lemon juice onto the gums can stop bleeding from occurring. Lemon juice can also be used to
eliminate the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

8. Protection Against Poison

Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice were effective protection against a variety of poisons. Modern research has proved this to be true. Lemons have been found to have strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties. Lemon juice is also a detective aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances – notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene – that promote immunity and fight infection.

 Lemons also work wonders for your beauty regime. Follow this link to read how lemon juice can be applied as a skin treatment. 

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Siyanda Nkala

Siyanda is a qualified journalist currently holding a position of Digital Media Coordinator for Longevity magazine. During her last year of study she worked as the online sub- editor for the school's online blog and that's where her passion for Online journalism emerged.

She is currently writing health and fitness articles for Longevitylive, does the weekly newsletter and writes a few snippet pages for the magazine. She hopes to gain vast experience in the field of online journalism.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.