This wonderful citrus food was introduced to the Americas when Columbus made his second voyage in 1493 brought it with him. In 1747, James Lind,a Scottish physician responsible for the hygiene of the Royal Navy, found that lemon helped cure and prevent scurvy in the sailors who were out to sea for months at a time. During the mid-19th century when scurvy was quite an issue, lemons were in such high demand that people were willing to pay up to a dollar per lemon. Until today, the British navy requires that there are enough citrus for every man on the ship to consume 1oz of the juice per day.
Lemons also known by their botanical name citrus limon are a cross between the lime and the citron. The lemon plant which grows 10-20 feet in height is known for its thorny branches and white flowers with slight purple edges. The acidic juicy fruit is yellow, oval in shape and has a wonderfully aromatic rind with powerful essential oils that gives off the refreshing scent. The citrus genus which include oranges, lemons, citrons, grapefruits, pomelos and mandarins is in the rutaceae family which originated in tropical and subtropical southeast Asia. Most of the fruits in this family are hybrids.
Lemons are well known for their vitamin C content (187% of the daily value per serving) which is known to support a healthy immune system response. That is only one of the many powerful constituents found in this tart and tangy fruit. Some of the other compounds found in lemon are citric acid known to support healthy kidney function. Hesperidin know to support blood vessel health. Diosmin known to support healthy circulation and also may support a healthy inflammation response. D-Limonene which is the main component of lemon essential oils and responsible for the wonderful smell that lemons have.
Acid or Alkaline? This amazing fruit is made up of about 5% acid and has a pH level of 2-3 so therefore is considered acid in nature. Although inside the human body, when a lemon is metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the blood the lemon takes on an alkalizing effect and raises the body’s pH level to slightly above a 7. A pH balanced system may help to support the ability for the body to function at more optimal levels. So, a simple act of drinking a glass of water with lemon every morning can help create a more healing environment for the body.
Do lemons nourish the liver? Besides lemons ability to possibly support healthy bile production there is some good science supporting how lemons may support healthy liver function. According to a study in 2014 published in “Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology”, the constituent naringenin may calm liver inflammation. Also, in 2003 “Life Sciences” reports results of a study that a flavonoid in lemons, eriocitrin, may protect the liver against oxidative stress induced by exercise. Finally, in a study in 2003 published in “Nutrition Journal” concluded that a concentration of vitamin C from lemons given to rats was found to inhibit the progression of fatty liver disease.
Lemons are a cheap and simple food for replenishing the body of electrolytes. Whether in the summer as a refreshing lemonade or in the winter as a hot drink with honey to nourish and soothe the body: it is very restorative. Our amazing lemon powder is now just one more easy way for you to incorporate this wonderful food into your daily life.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Freeze Dried Lemon Powder may include:
● A nourishing source of vitamin c and other naturally occurring compounds
● May support colon health due to it being a nourishing source of pectin
● May support a healthy immune system response
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● May support healthy pH levels
● May support healthy liver function
● May support healthy gallbladder function
● May support healthy digestion
● May support healthy skin
● May replenish electrolytes and body salts
Constituents of Lemon include:
● Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, B-complex (no b12), Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Beta Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
● Flavonols: Quercetin
● Flavanones: Eriodictyol, Hesperetin, Naringenin, polyphenols and terpenes
For additional constituent information, visit: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods
Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoons to recipes, juice, your favorite smoothie, or make lemondae.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic acerola and camu camu powders.
Botanical Name: Citrus Limon.
Other Names: Limón, Limonero.
Parts Used: Whole Lemon including seeds, endocarp, and mesocarp.
Ingredients: Lemon, Silicon Dioxide.*
*This product contains a small amount of silicon dioxide which acts as a drying agent and is necessary to keep this powder from clumping into hard chunks or one solid brick.
Origin: Grown and dried in USA. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Organic Lemon Powder is certified organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Lemon Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic Lemon Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.