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By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist









Are you losing out on the best benefits of lemons? You
probably already know that lemon juice is zesty and
refreshing and packed with vitamin C, and that lemon zest
perks up cakes and cookies. Lemon pulp is frequently used in
fresh juices. But what about the lemon peels?

No part of the lemon should go to waste, not least the peel.
What are the benefits of using the whole lemon, even the
peel? You may be surprised to learn that lemon peels help
lower cholesterol, provide vitamins, and even protect against
cancer. You’re doing yourself a disservice by discarding the
peel.

Here’s why.

Why Should You Eat Lemon Peels?

Lemon peels are perfectly edible and contain a wealth of
vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and other important
compounds that help your health.

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
says 100g of lemon peels contains 134mg of calcium, which
is important for bones, hormones, and muscles. You’ll have
to eat quite a lot of lemon peels to get a lot of calcium, but
the peel is rich in this nutrient.

Lemon peels also contain good amounts of potassium, the
nutrient for helping maintain heart function, muscle use, and
digestion. Again, you would need to consume large amounts
of lemon peel to meet your need for potassium.

One hundred grams of lemon peels also contains 129mg of
vitamin C, which represents a rich source of the vitamin that
helps to protect against vitamin C deficiency and protect the
body from damage by free radicals.

And there is 10.6g of fiber in every 100g of lemon peels.
Fiber is necessary for normal bowel movements and it can
help you maintain a healthy weight as well as improve your
blood sugar control.

Lemon Peels Are an All-Around Disease Fighter

Research shows that as well as the nutritional benefits of
lemon peels, they also help to prevent and slow the progress
of many diseases.

Lemon peels can actually help to get rid of toxic compounds
in the body. This is because lemon peels contain "salvestrol
Q40" and "limonene", which experts say help fight
cancerous cells – and also have other important health
benefits.

A 2016 study from the University of Florence in Italy
describes citrus limonoids as having “anticancer,
antimicrobial, antioxidant, antidiabetic and insecticidal”
qualities, among others.

Want to know more about how lemon peels can help you live
a healthier life? Get the most out of your lemons – we looked
at recent scientific literature to see what health benefits
lemon peels possess.


































1.
Lemon Peels Inhibit Cancer Growth and Cancer Drug
Toxicity


A 2015 study from the NAS of Ukraine, the Agricultural
University of Georgia, and the University of Georgia, Athens
shows how lemon peel extracts, along with extracts of green
tea and red wine, help to reduce tumor growth and minimize
cancer drug toxicity.

The study looked at extracts of lemon peel and its effect on
tumor growth in rats. The research showed that a
combination of the extracts helped to enhance the anti-
tumor effects of cancer drugs while also having the benefit
of lowering the toxicity associated with these drugs.

2.
Lemon Peels Extract Helps to Stop Breast Cancer Cell
Growth


Limonoids in lemon peel have an anti-cancer cell action in
human breast cancer cells, according to a 2013 study from
Texas A&M University in the US. In the research the limonoid
extract proved to have an anti-proliferation effect on breast
cancer cells in a human model, and researchers concluded
that “citrus limonoids may have potential for the prevention
of estrogen-responsive breast cancer.”

3.
Prevent and Cure Kidney Stone Disease with Lemon Peels

It seems lemon peels have a useful role to play in the
treatment and prevention of kidney stones. A 2016 study
from VIT University, Vellore, India showed lemon peel
extract, tested on mice, reduced the factors that promote the
formation of kidney stones, those providing protection from
kidney stone-induced renal damage.

And a 2016 report from VIT University in India and the
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and
Research shows how lemon peel extract is a potent
preventative agent and cure for kidney stones. The research
looked at rats and experts concluded that “lemon peel is
effective in curing kidney stone disease and also can be used
to prevent the disease and its recurrence.”

4.
Protect Against Oral Bacteria with Lemon Peels

Lemon peels can be good for your teeth and mouth.
Researchers have found that a compound in lemon peel is
active against the oral bacteria that cause dental caries and
periodontitis, according to a 2011 study from Tokaigakuen
University, Japan.

The compound was extracted from lemon peel and exhibited
high antibacterial activity, according to the scientists.

5.
Lemon Peels May Have Mosquito-Protective Effects

Getting rid of mosquitoes has a powerful health benefit in
countries where malaria is rife. Research shows that lemon
peel oil extract effectively kills mosquito larvae. A 1994 study
from the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania
reported on tests into the effectiveness of lemon peel oil for
this purpose. The oil was found to be toxic to the larvae,
eggs, and pupae of certain mosquito species.

6.
Protect Against Cholera With Lemon Peels?

Vibrio cholera, bacteria that can cause the disease cholera, is
apparently harmed by fresh and dehydrated lemon peel as
well as lemon juice.

A 2000 study from Universidad Nacional de Tucmán,
Argentina demonstrated that lemon peels effectively inhibit
the growth of the bacteria, and that lemon juice and lemon
essential oils also have a strong effect on the bacteria. It
seems that this natural product could play an important part
in preventing the spread of the disease cholera.

7.
Lemon Peels May Help to Lower Cholesterol

A compound found in the peels of lemons and other citrus
fruit may be able to lower cholesterol more effectively than
certain prescription drugs, according to a 2004 study by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture and KGK Synergize, a
Canadian nutraceutical company – and the additional benefit
is that citrus peels do so without side effects. The compound
is called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs). They are most
commonly found in citrus fruit peels as well as in smaller
amounts in the juice. The researchers looked at the effect of
the compound on hamsters and discovered that 1 percent
PMFs lowered LDL cholesterol levels by 32 to 40 percent.











































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