Tea is one of the most widely used beverages in the world. Tea, when used with other flavors like pepper, ginger, honey, peppermint, and others, has other added benefits.
One such tea is the lemon tea. It is an energizing beverage and offers many benefits to the body. Let’s examine these benefits in detail.
4 Ways Lemon Tea Can Benefit Your Health
1. Repairs Body Tissues
Lemon is a citrus fruit. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. One fluid ounce of lemon juice has 12 milligrams of vitamin C in it.1 Lemon tea, which is basically lemon squeezed in normal tea, contains a good amount of this vitamin C.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is important for the body because it helps in the growth, development, and repair of the body tissues. The results of a study show that vitamin C is also effective in reducing the risk of developing cataracts.2
Vitamin C has also been known to treat or prevent diseases like common cold.3 Being an antioxidant, vitamin C may be involved in preventing cellular damage by fighting unstable, free radicals that are harmful to the body. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen – a protein in the body that gives the skin its elasticity and strength.4
2. Neutralizes Free Radicals
Another benefit of drinking lemon tea is
Some studies have shown that quercetin can prevent immune cells from releasing histamines (chemicals that cause allergic reactions). Some studies suggest that quercetin can also lower blood cholesterol levels.5
3. Protects The Brain, Liver, And Heart
Hesperidin is a compound in citrus fruits. It is a bioflavonoid that can help protect the brain, liver, and cardiovascular health. The antioxidant properties of hesperidin help protect neurons in the body against oxidative damage. This, in turn, protects the brain cells and helps maintain proper mental functioning. This antioxidant property also helps protect the liver against damage caused due to pollutants and other
Hesperidin is found to dilate blood vessels and helps in better blood circulation throughout the body. It has also been found that hesperidin increases the production of nitric oxide – a substance that relaxes blood vessels. Dilation of blood vessels can help reduce blood pressure.
Certain animal studies also showed that hesperidin suppressed the oxidative stress in the diabetic rats.6
4. May Help Fight Cancer
Limonoids are compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruits. These compounds have found to be effective in treating or fighting certain types of cancer like breast cancer.7 However, it should be noted that most of these limonoids are present in the
Now that you know the benefits of lemon tea, try to have one cup a day and not more. Try to avoid having lemon tea early in the morning on an empty stomach. If there are any other adverse reactions you observe, stop drinking the tea immediately and consult a doctor to be on the safer side.
|↑1||Basic Report: 09152, Lemon juice, raw. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑3||Padayatty, Sebastian J., Arie Katz, Yaohui Wang, Peter Eck, Oran Kwon, Je-Hyuk Lee, Shenglin Chen et al. “Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention.” Journal of the American college of Nutrition 22, no. 1 (2003): 18-35.|
|↑4||Vitamin C and Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑5||Quercetin. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑6||Miyake, Yoshiaki, Kanefumi Yamamoto, Nobuko Tsujihara, and Toshihiko Osawa. “Protective effects of lemon flavonoids on oxidative stress in diabetic rats.” Lipids 33, no. 7 (1998): 689-695.|
|↑7||Kim, Jinhee, Guddadarangavvanahally K. Jayaprakasha, and Bhimanagouda S. Patil. “Limonoids and their anti-proliferative and anti-aromatase properties in human breast cancer cells.” Food & function 4, no. 2 (2013): 258-265.|
|↑8||Citrus Compound: Ready To Help Your Body! United States Department of Agriculture.|