Lemon

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About

Lemon is a plant. The fruit, juice, and peel are used to make medicine.

Lemon is used to treat scurvy, a condition caused by not having enough vitamin C. Lemon is also used for the common cold and flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Meniere's disease, and kidney stones. It is also used to aid digestion, reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), improve the function of blood vessels, and increase urination to reduce fluid retention.

In foods, lemon is used as a food and flavoring ingredient.

How it works

Lemon contains antioxidants called bioflavonoids. Researchers think these bioflavonoids are responsible for the health benefits of lemon.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Meniere's disease

There are some reports that a chemical in lemon called eriodictyol glycoside might improve hearing and decrease dizziness, nausea, and vomiting in some people with Meniere's disease.

Kidney stones

Not having enough citrate in the urine seems to increase the risk of developing kidney stones. There is some evidence that drinking 2 liters of lemonade throughout the day can significantly raise citrate levels in the urine. This might help to prevent kidney stones in these people.

Treating scurvy

Scurvy is a condition caused by a lack of vitamin C. Lemon can provide some missing vitamin C.

The common cold and flu
Decreasing swelling
Increasing urine
Other conditions

Concerns

Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known.Applying lemon to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially in light-skinned people.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lemon is safe forpregnantandbreast-feeding women when used as part of a normal diet. But it's not known whether it's safe to use lemon in larger medicinal amounts duringpregnancyor breast-feeding. Stick to food amounts.Dosing considerations for Lemon.

Interactions

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