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Everything you need to know about Vitamin C and Lemons


Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it dissolves in water and it is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body’s healing process.


What are signs of vitamin C deficiency? 

People with deficiency of this vitamin often feel tired, weak, and irritable.

Severe deficiency, called scurvy, causes bruising, gum and dental problems, dry hair and skin, and anemia. Therefor having more vitamin C especially lemons in your diet can help weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer.


Lemons also contain some iron, but mostly they improve your absorption of iron from plant foods.

Other fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of vitamin C are:

  • Citrus (oranges, kiwi, grapefruit)
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Cruciferous vegetables

Vitamin C can be destroyed by heat and light. High-heat cooking temperatures or prolonged cook times can break down the vitamin.

Since lemons contain a good amount of fiber, people who only drink lemon juice, without the fiber found in the pulp, will miss out on the benefits of the fiber.

The body doesn’t store vitamin C, so you have to take it daily for the best function.

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