Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of lemons that are backed by medical studies12:

  1. Support Heart Health: Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI). Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.

  2. Help Control Weight: Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is. One common theory is that the soluble pectin fiber in them expands in your stomach, helping you feel full for longer.

  3. Prevent Kidney Stones: Kidney stones are small mineral crystals that can form in your kidneys. Citric acid may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favorable environment for kidney stone formation.

  4. Protect Against Anemia: Anemia is a condition characterized by a lack of healthy red blood cells. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron from plant-based foods, which can help prevent anemia.

  5. Reduce Cancer Risk: Lemons contain compounds called limonins, which have been shown to have anticancer properties in test-tube studies.

  6. Improve Digestive Health: Soluble fiber can improve gut health and slow the digestion of sugars and starches.

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