Cancer remains one of the most dreaded diseases of all time. If you are close to someone who went through such an ordeal you would know its destructive effects on not only the body, but psychologically as well. Recent studies however, have shown that this fruit might be the key in fighting the never ending battle against cancer.
Is has been shown that this common fruit is a whopping 10,000 times more powerful when used to fight cancer, than a very powerful chemotherapeutic drug called Andriamycin. The main difference though, is that lemon juice does not destroy healthy cells like all of the chemotherapy drugs available today. Only malignant cells are affected. It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas. So the next time you use lemon as a garnish on a fish fillet or a light addition to your iced tea, squeeze out some more of this miracle fruit. You can even use it as a salad dressing on green salads or mix it with a cup of plain warm water for a daily wake-up drink.
How are lemons able to fight cancer cells? Read on…
- Lemons contain compounds called limonoids, which are responsible for the bitter taste. Limonoids are similar to Vitamin C due to its anti-oxidative properties which help to destroy free radicals that roam your body. What this means: when limonoids were tested against human cancer cells, it not only slowed the growth rate of cancer cells, but was also responsible for the rapid death of these malignant cells.
- Lemons contain phytochemicals. Although phytochemicals aren’t nutrients, they are plant chemicals which the lemon plant produces as a means of self protection, similar to our immune system. New research shows that phytochemicals also help to prevent disease in the human body. So lemons might help the onset of diseases such as cancer due to its ability to detoxify carcinogens.
- Lemons bring out anticancer ingredients in green tea, in particular catechins of green tea. This unique antioxidant works by inhibiting cancer cell activity and also helps to strengthen your immune system. Lemons (and other citrus fruit) by itself can increase the amount of catechins in our bodies to more than five times its normal level, so by combining it with green tea, you get the result of 1+1=3.
- Lemon juice has anti-microbial benefits by acting against bacterial infections, fungi, and internal parasites.
- Lemon juice can lower blood sugar levels associated with diabetes. Lemons contain a compound called hesperidin, which can positively alter the function of enzymes in the body that affect blood sugar levels. It can also help prevent complications associated with diabetes like eye, kidney and heart problems. The same study reports that it has cholesterol-lowering effects as well.
So, why haven’t this very important information been shared already? Unfortunately it’s due to pharmaceutical politics. Many laboratories are interested in manufacturing a synthetic version of this compound and make millions of profit resulting from its sales. At least you can now tell your friends of all lemon juice’s beneficial properties, without them being ripped off by multi-million dollar corporations.
How to make home-made lemon juice
- 400millilitres freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 litre water
This is what you have to do:
- Put the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and simmer over low heat.
- Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Keep adding water until the sugar has completely disolved
- Add sugar to taste
- Leave to cool
- Refrigerate until ready to serve
Serve with ice and a sprig of mint for a tangy refresher. This recipe makes 1,5 litres.