We often squeeze the juice of lemons, which contain extremely beneficial components for health, especially vitamin C, and discard the peel. But we are doing it wrong! Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sila Bilgili Tokgöz “Studies show that, like the juice of lemons, the peel is a source of antioxidants. Polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, fiber, carotenoids and essential oils found in lemon peel protect against many diseases. However, if your calcium level is low, if you have calcium oxalate stones in your kidneys or if you have had them in the past, you should definitely consult your doctor. Again, since lemon juice lowers high blood pressure, people with low blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication should not consume it without consulting a doctor. Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz; He explained the 6 benefits hidden in the lemon peel that you can add to your tea or to your salads and cookies by grating it, gave a healthy lemonade recipe made with lemon peel, gave important warnings and suggestions.
Lemon peel prevents the formation of scurvy, a type of bleeding gum disease that develops due to vitamin C deficiency. Thanks to the vitamin C in the lemon and its peel, scurvy does not occur.
Thanks to the pectin, essential oils and PMF (polymethoxylated flavones) it contains, lemon peel reduces the total cholesterol level, triglyceride levels and liver fat.
Dietary fiber present in lemon peel protects intestinal function and intestinal health. In addition, the pectin contained in the lemon peel also helps prevent constipation.
Thanks to its high antioxidant capacity, it neutralizes free radicals that damage cells. In addition, lemon peel prevents DNA damage thanks to its high vitamin C capacity, which has antioxidant properties.
Lemon peel helps fight cancer cells thanks to limonene and salvestrol Q10 in it. A study conducted in Australia reveals that it reduces the risk of mouth, throat and stomach cancer by 40-50.
Nutrition and Diet, Phytotherapy Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz “Lemon protects the vascular structure and reduces the risk of clotting thanks to the flavonoids hesperidin and naringin found in its peel. Thanks to its high vitamin C, it reduces coronary artery disease.”
Healthy lemonade recipe:
- 4 lemons
- 300 g strawberries
- 1 cup of palm juice
- 1 liter are
- mint leaves
Grate the lemons in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of the grated lemons. Wash and sort the strawberries and pass them through the rondo. After soaking the dates in water for 2 hours, remove the seeds and peel them, then pass them through the rondo, add hot water and strain the water with the help of a cheesecloth. In a large bowl, soak the lemon zest, strawberries, lemon juice and date juice for one hour. Add one liter of water to the mixture. Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth. Serve cold with mint leaves.