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In this Living Juice ingredient Spotlight, we're looking at lemons! Lemons are a core ingredient in our organic, cold-pressed Fresh Start juice and are the only fruit in our Green Vitality juice. Their sharp refreshing taste complements many dishes and they have some great benefits for your health.
Lemons are a great source of Vitamins C and B6, flavonoids, and folic acid. Folic acid has been shown to inhibit colon cancer as well as prevent heart disease. They also contain an important phytochemical called limonene. Limonene has been shown to inhibit development of cancer and is a solvent of cholesterol meaning it can dissolve gallstones. The highest concentration of limonene is found in the rind of the lemon.
Speaking of lemon rinds, if you are planning on using the rind make sure that you select organically grown lemons. Conventionally harvested fruits often have small residue of pesticide left on the outside. All Living Juices are made with organic fruits and vegetables, so you never have to worry about that!
TIP: When juicing a lemon, in order to extract the maximum amount it is better if the lemon is warm. You can try placing the lemon in warm water or rolling the lemon under the palm of your hand on a flat surface. If you are trying to avoid salt, try serving a lemon wedge with your meal - it makes for a great salt substitute!