HEALTH: The amazing benefits of lemon peels

Lemons have been used for centuries in the treatment of diseases and disorders. T

heir unique anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties are the reason they are used to treat colds, gout, obesity, digestive disorders, tuberculosis, pimples, bladder infections, constipation among others.

But did you know their powers go beyond what’s inside as their peels are equally valuable? Not many may be aware of the health benefits of lemon peels, but before you throw the lemon peel away next time, think about these amazing benefits they possess:

Reduce cholesterol
Lemon peels are useful in decreasing the cholesterol levels in the body, which ultimately helps to keep your heart in good health. This is owed to a component known as polyphenol flavonoids, which is found in lemon peels.

Improve bone health
Lemon peels are great for the health of your bones because they contain a high amount of calcium and vitamin C, both of which are critical in maintaining and improving the health of bones.

Lemon peels also help to prevent a variety of bone-related diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Aid oral health/ hygiene
Looking for a quick fix to oral health and hygiene? Turn to lemon peels. Because lemon peels are packed with Vitamin C, it is only natural that teeth-related problems like bleeding gums, scurvy and gingivitis, all of which are associated with a deficiency in the vitamin will be history the moment you choose to make good use of lemon peels.

They are rich in citric acid which helps to cover for vitamin C deficiency in addition to countering teeth and gum-related problems.

Promote weight loss
If you are looking to lose weight, treat lemon peels as an important ally. This is because they contain a component known as pectin, which is useful for the loss of body weight.

In addition, the potassium in lemon peels helps to maintain the right blood pressure in your body, helping you stave off conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

To maximize the value of your lemon peels, it is advisable that you freeze the peels, then grate them and add them to your tea, salad or eat them directly (with or without sugar added).