Lemons are grown all over the world and right now New Zealanders are finding their lemon trees laden with gorgeous yellow so we thought it worth investigating the benefits and uses of this versatile fruit.

Lemons are a must in the kitchen from baking to beverages, a short term preservative and even household cleaning.

Lemons are sour to taste due to the relatively high level of citric acid. Lemon juice checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It dislodges phlegm and expels wind from the digestive tract. It aids digestion and constipation. It can prevent vomiting, throat trouble, rheumatism and has been known to destroy intestinal worms.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.

High in natural vitamin C, lemon juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids.

Lemon juice should be diluted with water before taking it as pure lemon ­juice contains acid which can wear away teeth enamel, but a glass of lemon juice in water (with honey to taste if preferred) taken each morning on an empty stomach is a great way to cleanse and detox. If mixed with warm water it serves as an excellent relief to constipation.

The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in the body`s calcium metabolism so are useful in maintaining the health of teeth and bones.

Lemons contain good amounts of copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamins C and B6.

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