The distinctive sour taste of the lemon has been prized for centuries.
This fruit made its first appearance in the Americas in 1493, as a result of the second voyage of Christopher Columbus, according to alternative health guru Dr. Joseph Mercola.
As Mercola explains, lemons are packed with vitamin C and also a great source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-6, calcium, potassium, folate and potassium.
Lemons are also abundant in antioxidants, which protect the body against the free radicals that damage blood vessels and arteries, while helping to support healthy mucus membranes, skin and vision.
The citric acid in lemons supports healthy digestion.
Lemons in their raw form are far more nutritious than the juice alone, Mercola.com notes. And one way to enjoy the benefits of raw lemons is to freeze them, recommends HealthyFoodHouse.com.
First, wash the lemons well, as you will be using the entire lemon, skin and all.
Next, place them in the freezer, either whole or sliced. After the lemons are completely frozen, grind them and add to ice cream, smoothies, salads or any other dessert or food.
You’ll likely agree that it’s a refreshing way to enjoy the tart taste of this ever-popular fruit, while reaping the many health benefits it provides.