Despite the fresh and delicious taste, lemons improve the health of the people in various ways. Lemons are, actually the healthiest fruit on the Earth.
Due to the incredible amount of vitamin C, they strengthen the immune system, fight flu, and common colds and treat skin conditions. In addition, they fight inflammation, prevent the formation of kidney stones, relieve pain due to rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and arthritis and prevent free radical damage.
Lemons have an impressive nutritional profile and one peeled lemon contains about:
- 24 calories
- 0.9-gram protein
- 7.8 grams carbohydrates
- 2.4 grams of dietary fiber
- 0.3-grams fat
- 116 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
- 44.5 milligrams vitamin C (74 percent DV)
- 0.1-milligram vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)
- 0.5-milligram iron (3 percent DV)
In the lemons can be also found high amounts of folate, copper, magnesium, calcium, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the citric acid in lemons helps digestion and aids to dissolve kidney stones. The ascorbic acid, as a natural antioxidant contained in lemons is able to prevent the sailor’s dread – scurvy, while other antioxidants (ß-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin A) promote healthy skin, mucous membranes, and vision.
Compounds in lemons, such as pantothenic acid and folates are necessary for the body, but they can only be derived from sources outside the body.
In order to have lemons at hand any time you like, everyone should learn how to grow them at home. It can be done from a single seed and there is an endless supply of these healthy fruits!
If you want to grow lemons at home, all you need is:
– A lemon
– Potting soil
– Breathable plastic film
– Grow lights or a sunny area
1) Putting the potting soil into a bucket, mix it with some water to dampen it.
2) Fill the container with the mixture, leaving an inch of space below the rim
3) Take out a seed from the lemon, which should remain moist
4) Plant the seeds about a half inch beneath the soil
5) Using a watering can water it, but make sure it is not too damp
6) Cover the container with the breathable plastic,
7) Place the pot in a warm and sunny area.
A week or two later, sprouting will start, so it’s necessary to remove the plastic cover, and the container should be moved to a warm area. Be sure to not directly exposed to the sunlight.
The young lemon tree needs moist soil at all times and at least eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Fertilizer is added when needed, and the plant should be transplanted to a larger container as it grows bigger. The bigger plant can be moved in the balcony, backyard, or front porch.
Enjoy the amazing taste of the home-grown lemons!