10 Reasons To Eat Lemon For Breakfast
Lemons seem to be the everlasting flavor of every meal spread in every cuisine (including breakfast, of course); it is not only hailed by gourmands, but also by health professionals who never seem to stop professing the numerous health benefits of this citrus fruit. However still, there are quite a few who prefer to sideline this tangy delight for more popular breakfast fruits and drinks. Here are a slew of health benefits along with scrumptious recipe ideas, that might make the non-enthusiasts to try breakfast lemons…
Benefits of eating lemons for breakfast
1. One of the best immune boosters
Each serving of lemon provides over 125% of the daily needs for Vitamin. Apart from the abundance of ascorbic acid, these fruits also contain a number of active antioxidants and other phyto-nutrients like citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoid, pectin, and limonene that ensure a healthy immune system, which in turn acts towards preventing the proliferation pathogenic organisms.
2. Help reduce weight
Drinking a glass of warm water with a squirt of lemon juice has now become an unwritten rule for anyone who wishes to reduce weight, with several fad diets being promoted based on the weight reducing properties of lemon. Wondering if it is true? Well, rest assured, for lemons sure help cut fat. Lemon juice is known to reduce absorption of sugar and increase fat mobilization, which in effect helps boost the weight loss plan being followed.
3. Promotes oral health
Tired of endless gargles, fresh mints, and mouth sprays to keep the bad breath (halitosis) at bay? Try lemons instead, the rich acids in this fruit are potent enough to not only neutralize the bad odor for instant relief, but also kill the odor causing bacteria for long term management. Apart from halitosis, the Vitamin C in lemon helps prevent gingivitis, dental decay, and other gum problems.
4. Improves skin health
Lemons are potent anti bacterial and anti viral agents and a rich source of citric and ascorbic acids. Regular consumption of lemons helps balance the pH levels of the skin, improves skin tone, and promotes suppleness. For long-term relief from acne, several skin experts recommend drinking lemon juice in the morning along with lemon infused face packs in the night.
5. Mood enhancer
Start your day on a happy note with a gulp of lemon water. Research has shown that lemon zest has a calming effect and can help prevent fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, and tension. It is also believed to increase concentration and alertness.
6. Protects brain and nervous system from degenerative diseases
Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are might be prevented and in certain rare cases reversed by regular morning consumption of lemons. The antioxidant agents and certain unidentified compounds in lemons have shown promising effects in reversing these morbid brain conditions in animal studies.
7. Helps manage hypertension
Lemons are a rich source of potassium, magnesium, and other minerals involved in regulation of vascular health and blood flow. Apart from that limonene is purported to improve blood flow and resolve in plaques in atherosclerosis-infected vessels. These actions in unison help balance the blood pressure levels within the normal range.
8. Prevents colic pain and gastritis
Regular consumption of lemon has shown to relieve colic pains and reduce gastritis in several lab settings. Lemon juice is also known to fight H.pylori infection and thus help prevent bacterial gastritis.
9. Anti-carcinogenic in nature
Regular consumption of lemon has shown to reduce the incidence of Colon, Prostate, and Breast Cancer in high-risk groups. Certain active agents in lemon are seen to prevent faulty metabolism in the cell and block the formation of nitrosamines in the Gut. These 2 actions together help prevent formation of cancerous cells and even help dissolve mutant cells.
10. Improves bone health
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for effective absorption of calcium in body and further calcification of the bones. Thus, lemons being a rich source of this nutrient along with other essential minerals like potassium and magnesium, which play a role in bone health, regular consumption of lemon helps maintain bone health. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory action of lemon juice helps relieve arthritic pain and further manage the condition.
Tips to include lemons in breakfast
A glass of lemon juice is the best way to include these citrus fruits in your breakfast, but if that’s too boring for you here are a few interesting ideas…
· Fresh lime sorbet: Sorbet is the perfect substitute for the same of limejuice breakfast drink. For this, all you need to do is crush some ice, add a generous dose of lemon juice, and sprinkle some honey over… taste sinfully tasty!
· Sticky lemon rolls: A modified version of cinnamon rolls, just add a squirt of lemon juice and a spoonful of lemon zest instead of cinnamon to the traditional recipe and there you have it tasty and healthy lemon rolls.
· Lemon rice: Try something exotic, lemon rice is a popular South Indian breakfast recipe, which is dead easy to prepare. Just temper cooked rice with whole mustard seeds and turmeric. Add salt and lemon juice on the top, mix and you are ready to dig in.
· Lemon and oatmeal porridge: Bored of the same old oatmeal preparations, add a new zing to the dish with some colorful lemon zest.
So, throw away your inhibitions and try some lemon for your breakfast, its tangy flavor will sweep you away with colossal health benefits and leave you asking for more.
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