Lemon (thin slice with peel)

Healthy Smoothie Recipes with Lemon

About Lemons

Lemon is native to Asia and were introduced to Europe prior to 100 AD and were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus.  Lemons are used in various areas of traditional medicine and also used for industrial purposes as a cleaning agent.

Nutrition Benefits of Lemons

Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which is why they (and lemons) were the first well known cure for scurvy (a disease caused from a deficiency of vitamin C).

You may have seen a lot of buzz around drinking warm lemon (or lime) water every morning.  The basic premise behind this is that it is supposed to help digestion, detoxification, hydration, skin health, boosts energy, boosts mood, and promotes weight loss.  In our experience, we have seen a noticeable improvement in our health from incorporating lemon (or lime) water into our daily routine.

Lemons and Limes have very similar nutrition benefits and can be exchanged if one is preferred over the other.

Can I replace with Lemon (or Lime) Essential Oil?

Yes.  If you have a high quality lemon essential oil that is intended for oral consumption, you can replace lemon with lemon essential oil.  We recommend starting with just 1 drop, trying the smoothie, then adjusting to your liking.  Essential Oil is very strong, so you can easily over lemon a recipe if you are not careful.

Smoothie Tips

Leave the peel and use a very, very thin slice of lemon in your smoothie.  Lemons are extremely powerful in terms of flavor, so you are better starting off small and then adding more to your liking.

You can replace lemon with lime if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

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Recipe

Lemon (thin slice with peel) scores well for 14 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Candida (Fungal Infections): Score 95

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Human: Lemon has therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients.

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Immune System: Score 94

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Human: Lemon has therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients. In Vitro: It is a biocide against Vibrio cholera. It may be possible to treat norovirus infections with lemons. It has a protective effect against urolithiasis.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 90

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Lemons have cardioprotective properties and may benefit cardiovascular disease.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 90

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Lemons have cardioprotective properties and may benefit cardiovascular disease.

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Fat Loss: Score 90

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Human: A lemon detox program reduces body fat and insulin resistance through calorie restriction. Animal: Lemon peel polyphenols suppress diet induced obesity, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.

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HIV: Score 90

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Human: Lemon has therapeutic value in the treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients.

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Stress - Adrenal: Score 90

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Animal: Lemon has significant behavioral effects including anxiety reduction.

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Anxiety: Score 88

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Lemon may contribute to reducing anxiety.

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Detoxification: Score 88

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Human: A lemon detox program reduces body fat and insulin resistance through caloric restriction.

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 88

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Human: Lemon reduces body fat and insulin resistance when using calorie restriction.

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Cholesterol: Score 86

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Lemons suppress diet induced obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterol and insulin resistance.

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Inflammation: Score 84

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Animal: Lemon has significant anti-inflammatory effects.

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Look Younger: Score 84

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In Vitro: Lemon has antioxidant and cardioprotective properties.

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Thyroid: Score 84

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People that consumed citrus fruits were less likely to get thyroid cancer in human study.

How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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