Lemon juice can boost and electrify your immune system in many ways! I’ve known this for some time and it’s one reason why I love to include lemon in my juices.
Since it’s the time of year when viruses, colds, and the flu abound, I thought it would be fitting for me to share the reasons why lemon juice is an immune system superhero. Here’s 5 reasons why you’re going to want to drink lemon juice if keeping your immunity tuned up is your goal!
#1. Citrus Flavonoids Are Awesome!
Flavonoids are molecules that provide health benefits in many different ways (1). They are abundant in plants and produce the colors that can attract pollinating insects. Sounds interesting right, but you might be thinking, “what does this have to do with lemons?”
Lemons and other citrus fruits contain their own kinds of flavonoids which are appropriately named citrus flavonoids! In fact, the specific flavonoids in lemons contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antiviral benefits (2)!
#2. Lemon Juice Contains Immune Boosting Superstar Vitamin C
You’ve probably heard that vitamin C is good for you if you have a cold or are trying to keep yourself from getting sick? You’ve heard correctly, and here’s a bit about why.
Vitamin C has been shown to increase the production of white blood cells. These white blood cells attack foreign bacteria as well as viruses. Vitamin C may also protect the integrity of immune cells and increase levels of antibodies. These antibodies bind to foreign pathogens in order to neutralize them or mark them for destruction (3).
#3. Lemon Juice Is Alkaline Inside The Body
Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (ph is below 7). Once it gets inside the body and has been fully metabolized, it’s effect is alkalizing. Lemon juice helps to raise the ph of body tissue (ph above 7 is alkaline) (4).
Many believe that acidity in our body is at the root of many modern day health issues. In fact, in long-term acidic environments normal cell structure and function are damaged. Healthy bacteria also do much better in alkaline environments, while harmful bacteria and viruses love environments that are acidic. So keeping your body alkalized could keep you much healthier!
#4. Juice The Lemon Peel Occasionally
A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology revealed that, the peel from lemons contain antibacterial properties as well as anti-cancer benefits (2). In the same study, the presence of coumarin and tetrazene were found in the peel of lemons. These substances are known to be very strong antimicrobials.
#5. Lemon Juice Helps To Preserve Juice Longer
Lemon juice helps to preserve juice by slowing down oxidation. Since oxidation, light, and heat are three conditions that degrade the nutrients inside of juice, it’s good to do all you can to keep your juice tip top!
How is this related to boosting your immunity? Well, you’re not always going to be making your juice and then drinking it immediately are you? This means you’re going to want to keep as much of the nutrients inside of it as intact as possible. Adding lemon juice to your other immune system boosting juices, will help to preserve all of these goodies for as long as possible (including the ones in the lemon juice itself)!
I highly recommend you also check out these other tips for how to store your juice properly to retain freshness and nutrition.
Suggestions For How To Get Lemon Juice In Your Body!
Before I link you to some juice recipes that use lemon juice, I wanted to suggest that you try it with some warm water! If you do a quick search on google, you’ll find that lots of people like to drink lemon juice and warm water together. I thought this article summed up the benefits of drinking lemon juice with warm water pretty well!
Try some of our juice recipes that contain lemon juice!
- If you’re newer to juicing, I’d recommend you try recipe #8. on this page to begin with. It’s a delicious Strawberry Lemonade juice recipe!
- Our juicing recipes for weight loss contain quite a few recipes that include lemon juice. If you’re looking to boost your immunity and lose some weight, then you’ll want to check those out!
- Recipe #8. on our green juice for beginners page is called Lemonade Stand, so if you’re wanting to get some green juice in you while boosting your immunity you’ll want to give that one a go!
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