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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DO NOT THROW AWAY CITRUS PEELS: Check Out Its Wonderful Benefits - Prevent Acid Reflux and Cancer


Are you about to throw away that lemon peel? Hold it! There are hidden health benefits of citrus peels. You will be surprised with how much nutrient you can get from these peels. 

There are over 60 different types of flavonoids in citrus, plant compounds that are known to exhibit antioxidant properties in humans. Many of these flavonoids have their highest concentrations within the peel.


Nutritional content of citrus peels


Naringin is a flavonoid found in grapefruit and grapefruit peel, mandarin peel and lemon peel (though not the fruit). Studies have shown that naringin is a powerful antioxidant, so powerful that it may reduce radiation-induced damage to the cells of the body.


Hesperidin, another flavonoid, is found in the white inner layer of lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges, and has been shown to inhibit bone loss and decrease serum and liver lipids in postmenopausal mice.

Citrus peels also contain an aromatic compound called d-limonene, basically the essential oil that gives the fruit its distinctive smell. This compound has a well-established reputation for chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer, especially colorectal and breast cancer. Limonene is also used in the treatment gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) due to its ability to neutralize gastric acid. In addition, limonene is a solvent of cholesterol and can help dissolve gallstones that contain cholesterol.

Gram for gram, citrus peels also contain higher levels of many minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C and dietary fiber than the fruit. For example, 1 tablespoon of lemon peel contains double the amount of vitamin C and triple the amount of fiber than 1 wedge of lemon without the peel, according to the USDA database.

Though citrus peels may be considered by some people to be bitter tasting, in some populations, such as the American Southwest, citrus peel consumption is rather common.


Citrus peels are packed with immune-boosting vitamin C, bone-building calcium and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant bioflavonoids. They also provide potassium, which helps keep blood pressure in check, and limonene, a phytochemical that may have anti-cancer effects and can help with heart burn.

However, if you have low calcium levels or a history of calcium oxalate kidney stones, check with your doctor before zesting every day. Citrus peels contain oxalates, which interfere with your body’s calcium absorption.


How to use those peels?


Juice them! Though many people peel their fruit before juicing, a good powered juicer will be able to handle the peel of citrus fruits. You can also zest or grate the peel to infuse the essence of citrus within smoothies and baked goods. Grated peel or finely chopped peel also adds a bright flavoring in savory dishes and sauces.


A zester is best. And if you don’t own one, use a grater instead.


Lemon or lime zest is great in fruit smoothies and stirred into plain yogurt that is topped with raspberries and/or strawberries and sweetened with a bit of stevia or unpasturized honey. You can also add lemon rind in baking, especially for cakes and muffins.




H/T: Best Health Mag

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