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Benefits of Adding Lemon and Lemon Peel To Your Diet

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Nowadays, when life hands you lemons, there are a myriad of beneficial things you can do with them, and making lemonade does not even come near the top of the list. Here are just some of the ways adding lemons and lemon peels to your diet can help improve your health.

Benefits of Using the Whole Lemon

More Vitamins
Lemon peels contain 5 to 10 times more vitamin than the lemon juice alone. If you’re discarding the peel, you’re discarding loads of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, calcium, beta-carotene, potassium, and magnesium.

Fights Cancer
If you’re thinking of doing a lemon juice cleanse, it may be more effective if you include the peel. Lemon peels help to eradicate the toxic elements in your body, including the carcinogenic ones. The peel contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, components which are fierce defenders against the cancerous cells in your body. In addition, the flavonoids in the zest of the lemon can also be effective in stopping cancer cells from multiplying.

Additionally, a study reveals that drinking hot tea with lemon peel can help to prevent the development of colon, breast, and skin cancers.

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Boosts Bone Health
Because lemon peels contain loads of calcium and vitamin C, including them in your diet can help prevent bone conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and inflammatory polyarthritis.

Lowers Cholesterol
High levels of “bad cholesterol” are often linked to cardiovascular disease. The polyphenol flavonoids in lemon peels will help the lower the LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels in your body. In addition, Vitamins C and P will clear blood vessels, decreasing or preventing the risk of developing related conditions such as heart disease, diabetic heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Including Lemon Peel In Your Diet
So now that you know how great lemon peel is for you, you’re probably wondering how you can make it a little more palatable. Here are a few ideas for including lemon peel in your recipes.

Lemon Pickle
Widely found in Indian households, including a little lemon pickle in your diet is a great way to get the health benefits of the lemon zest.

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Cakes and Pies
Scrape a little lemon peel into cakes and pies to enhance flavor before baking and add some to give the icing on top a tangy flavor.

Candied Lemon Peels
Making candied lemon peels is a fun and easy way to reap the lemon peel benefits. Boil the peel in some water to reduce bitterness. Extract peel and addict to a pot of sugar and hot water. Simmer until peels soften. Sprinkle sugar on top and let them dry for a day or two.

So, when life hands you lemons. eat them whole, or at least, eat the whole thing. Let us know how you’re including lemons and their peels in your diet.

Essential Fatty Acids: Vitamin F

Vitamin F, more commonly referred to as essential fatty acids, is named a vitamin, but in fact, is more accurately termed a fat. Your body requires essential fatty acids, but since it is not able to make these substances, you have to look to external sources to provide these essential fatty acids to your body. Below, find out what vitamin F is, what benefits vitamin F provides to your body and how you can get the necessary amount of vitamin F.

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What is Vitamin F?
There are two types of essential fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid and linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are not synthesized by your body, meaning that it is necessary to get them from foods or supplements. These essential fatty acids are required for the normal growth and healthy function of your cells. In 1923, when these essential fatty acids were discovered, they were termed “vitamin F,” but as previously mentioned, subsequent studies shows that vitamin F is better classified as a fat.

What Benefits Does Vitamin F Have?
The three main benefits of vitamin F are:

  • Maintaining Skin and Nail Health – Vitamin F is critical for healthy skin and nails. Without proper levels of essential fatty acids, both your skin and nails will become dry and brittle. This means that your nails will grow more slowly and be more prone to peeling, splitting or breaking and your skin will be far more susceptible to bruising and tearing. Linoleic acid, a component of vitamin F, provides anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin, which make it useful in the treatment of acne. Additionally, linoleic acid is able to permeate the skin, so other active ingredients that you use, like antioxidants, are able to be more fully absorbed by the skin.
  • Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – Contemporary Nutrition suggests that consuming vitamin F daily will provide the greatest benefits to your cardiovascular health. Essential fatty acids play a vital role in the life cycle of cardiac cells and with the proper levels of vitamin F, the life and death of cardiac cells both function in a healthy manner.
  • Lowering LDL Cholesterol – LDL (low-density lipids) is the “bad” cholesterol and by consuming adequate amounts of vitamin F can help to lower the levels of LDL in your blood. Lowering the levels of LDL in your blood improves your overall circulation which lowers your risk of infections and increases your ability to heal from illnesses.
  • Mental Health Benefits – There is no conclusive evidence to support or refute the claims that essential fatty acids can help reduce anxiety and alleviate depression, but preliminary studies on the subject are encouraging.

Because your body doesn’t synthesize vitamin F, you will have to consume foods that contain essential fatty acids, or take supplements. Soybean, safflower and corn oils are all excellent sources of linoleic acid and flaxseed oil is the best dietary source of alpha-linolenic acid. Salmon, tuna and halibut are all sources of omega-3 fatty acids, while foods like brazil nuts, pecans and roasted sunflower seeds are sources of linoleic acid. Enjoy vitamin F for healthy skin and nails, lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.