Lemons, like all fruits are cholesterol free and contain various natural compounds that can help reduce the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood.Cholesterol is a major factor in heart disease.
Lemons are a very good source of vitamin C, which helps reducing the amount of lipids and cholesterol in the blood.Vitamin C helps to converting cholesterol into bile acids, which are important for the digestion of fats. This conversion may help with blood cholesterol levels.
A glass of lemon juice contains about 94 milligrams of vitamin C, which is more than the daily amount recommendations. Vitamin C is a type of micronutrient that is known as a water-soluble vitamin. Our body does not store vitamin C and it must be taken in through our diet.
Lemons also contain numerous flavonoids, especially eriocitrin and limonin, which are bitter and display some great health properties.
Flavonoids also boosting the cardiovascular health as many problems in the cardiovascular system involve problems with oxidative stress and inflammation. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits from flavonoids provide direct support for this body system.
Flavonoids have also been shown to increase the strength and integrity of the blood vessel walls, lowering risk of blood vessel problems, help preventing excessive clumping together of platelet cells that could otherwise lead to unwanted clogging of the blood vessels.
Eriocitrin is the main flavonoid in lemon fruit which has lowering effect on serum and hepatic lipids in high-cholestero1. It reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids in the blood serum, especially when consumed daily.
Limonin, the long-lasting liminoid is found in the blood stream and easily accessed by the body after consumption. One of the great benefits of limonin is its long lasting presence in the blood stream, as while many phytonutrients will be washed out of the circulatory system within a few hours, limonin reaches its peak in six hours and is still present as long as twenty-four hours later.
Whole lemons are a good source of citrus pectin, a soluble fiber which lowering blood cholesterol levels. Leave the pulp in lemon juice to increasing its pectin content and makes it more effective at reducing high cholesterol levels.