Lemon is very beneficial fruit which reveals incredible taste and as well as scent, and not to mention the wide spectrum of benefits that can offer to our body. So, it is always a good idea to always have it at your home, and the best way is to grow it by yourself.
This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, nutrients and antioxidants which are enormously beneficial for the health of the body. Many studies have confirmed that lemon contains anti-inflammatory properties and it is a cardiovascular and neuroprotective agent.
Health Benefits of Lemon
- Fights colds and flu
Thanks to its content of vitamin C and antioxidants the immune system is being boosted and thus protecting your body from winter diseases.
- Helps digestion
This fruit contains soluble fiber which supports good body digestion, but the highest content of this fiber is in the lemon pulp.
- Keeps good heart health
According to many conducted studies fruits that are high in vitamin C can protect the body from the impact of coronary heart disease. Plus, the content of flavonoids like diosmin, apigenin or luteolin offer anti-inflammatory, anticancer and cardiovascular protection.
- Weight control
A regular intake of lemon water regulates the weight due to the pectin content which offers the feeling of satiety. Furthermore, it has been shown that people who consume plenty of vitamin C can burn 30% of body fat when compared to people who do not consume it that much.
- Battles cancer
Studies have confirmed that the compounds in lemon like limonoids show an anti-aromatase activity that can impeded the growth of breast cancer cells.
How to grow lemons at home?
- 1 lemon (the seed)
- Potting soil high in nutrient
- A big pot
First you need to fill the pot with potting soil but not up to the brim, leave 3 cm. Next, water the potting soil so that is enough moistened.
Now cut the lemon and take the seed that has a perfect shape which you should plant immediately without drying it. Cover it with soil and water. For optimal results, use a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and organic fertilizer. Cover the pot with plastic and put it in a spot where there is plenty of sunlight. Water it moderately as frequent watering can rot the seed.
Once the germination process starts which is commonly after a week or two, you need to remove the plastic. The lemon tree needs 8 hours of sunshine and good watering so that it grows well.
In order for the lemon tree not to rot, the pot should have drainage holes at the bottom. Once the lemon tree grows you can add fertilizer, and if needed move it into a larger and wider pot in order for the tree roots to spread nicely.
For best effects you should grow the lemon tree in spring since that is the season when the sun is more intense and during this period the gardening is more productive.
Lemon should not be consumed by people with stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, biliary or renal disorders.
If you are taking antacid drugs, then you should not eat lemon.