A Guide to Using Lemons as a Folk Remedy
Lemons have a long history as a folk remedy for type 2 diabetes. But is there any truth to the claim that lemon has curative properties?
Lemons have definite benefits for people with diabetes but are not a cure-all.
Nutrition of Lemons
Lemons have as much vitamin C as an orange. For that reason, they and other citrus fruits were taken on long sea voyages to help prevent scurvy, which is a disease that results from a vitamin C deficiency.
Lemons also have a third the amount of sugar as oranges, although both citrus fruits have the same amounts of carbohydrates.
Lemons and Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association includes lemons on their list of superfoods due to soluble fiber and the high amount of vitamin C. Both soluble fiber and vitamin C can benefit people with diabetes. Lemons also have a low glycemic index, and some studies show that lemon may lower the glycemic index of other foods.
When it comes to research on the benefit of eating lemon for diabetes, there is very little to back it up. A 2015 meta-analysis in Primary Care Diabetes found that eating citrus fruits did not seem to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Citrus fruits do contain flavonoids, naringin, and naringenin, that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects, according to a 2014 study in Advances in Nutrition. However, there is still not a whole lot of research into these compounds and their use in treating diabetes.
Fiber and Vitamin C
There are two components in lemons that are definite benefits if you have diabetes: soluble fiber and vitamin C.
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