Do Lemons Help Fight Cancer?

Lemons Help Fight Cancer

According to a popular video making the rounds on Facebook, lemons can help fight cancer by destroying the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas. View video asserting that lemons can help cure cancer.  

We’re always a little skeptical of medical claims found online, so we did a quick Google search and found several other articles which do support the health benefits of eating lemons and lemon peels in the fight against cancer – and even in the potential prevention of cancer. As you might suspect, it’s not a cure all. However, eating healthy is important when fighting any illness and there is evidence that suggests that citrus fruits (including lemons) may help in the fight against cancer.

Do Lemons Help Fight Cancer?

Claims that lemons “kill cancer cells” and are “10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy” are unsupported by credible medical evidence. The best that can be said at this point is that citrus fruits may potentially harbor anti-cancer properties that could help ward off cancer according to snopes.com. 

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and the important phytochemical limonene. If eating healthy helps fight and prevent cancer, then one can argue lemons help fight cancer.

Flavonoids
Lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid phytonutrients, such as hesperitin and naringenin, which have been found to have powerful antioxidant properties and promote a healthy heart. Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan.

Vitamin C
The are also renowned as excellent sources of vitamin C, the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, which helps protect against the oxidative damage caused by free-radicals. Source:  The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan.

Vitamin C and flavonoids are antioxidants, substances that neutralize active oxygen species which can damage body cells and contribute to chronic diseases including cancer. Source: snopes.com.

Limonoids
Orange juice and [lemons] other citrus contain potent natural compounds – limonoids – which showed dramatic results in killing certain cancer cells. The research was a collaboration between Texas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists Dr. Ed Harris, shown here in College Station lab, and Dr. Bhumu Patil in Weslaco. (Texas Agricultural Experiment Station photo by Kathleen Phillips.)

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 plays a part in such major functions including movement, memory, energy expenditure and blood flow. Vitamin B6 helps the body to maintain a healthy nervous system, to make hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body, to provide energy from the food that we eat, to balance blood sugar levels, to act as a natural pain treatment, to boost mood and also to create antibodies that our immune system uses to protect us. Source: draxe.com

Folic Acid
Folic acid is well recognized for its value in the prevention of certain birth defects. Many believe that women who consumed more folic acid had a significantly reduced risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). Folic acid acts by helping the body produce and maintain new cells. In particular, red blood cell formation is dependent upon adequate levels of this vitamin. Folate may also help cells resist changes in their DNA associated with the development of cancer. Source: Medicinenet.com

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin and nutrients. Incorporating lemons into your diet can be as easy as adding lemon juice to your water. If eating healthy helps fight and prevent cancer, then one can argue lemons help fight cancer.

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