Citrus fruits, and particularly lemons have great amounts of vitamin C that can treat various conditions and diseases.

The medicinal properties of this fruit were discovered during the 18th century, when lemon was used against infections and flu in sailors on ships. Today, lemon is a very popular and widely used fruit and it is an essential ingredient in various natural remedies.

Apart from giving great flavor to the desserts and dishes, lemons are high in a number of nutrients. One average-sized lemon has 17 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, 0.6 gr. of protein, 5.4 gr. of carbs, 1.5 grams of sugar and 1.6 gr. of fiber.

Lemons provide with 51% of the daily recommended vitamin C dose, and part of vitamin B and various minerals like potassium and magnesium. A cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice has about 23% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.

These are the best health benefits of lemon:

-Boosts your immune system;
– Removes toxins from your body;
-Balances the pH levels;
-Helps you lose weight;
– Treats the flu and colds;
-Treats skin conditions.

Apart from those, lemons also reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, eliminate acne, improve the absorption of iron in your body and maintain a healthy skin.

One glass of lemon water before breakfast can give you enough energy for the day and lower the risk of obesity, heart problems and diabetes.

But, the fruit is not the only beneficial part of the plant – experts claim that lemon peel has even more health benefits. Lemon peel is a strong antibacterial and antiseptic agent that can fight against different infections, at the same time relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the pain.

Rubbing some lemon peel on your painful areas will help you quickly eliminate the pain. You can achieve the same results if you make a remedy with olive oil and lemon in a glass jar. As you see, lemon peel has numerous health benefits, and that’s why you should never throw it away.