Advertisement

What are the health benefits of lemon juice in hot water?

Bioflavonoids contained in lemon have antioxidant effects and are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects of lemon. Coumarins found in lemon appear to reduce free radical generation by inhibiting the product of nitric oxide thus acting as an antioxidant. In animal models of diabetes, a diet containing lemon flavonoids consisting of 0.2% eriocitrin and 0.2% hesperidin results in reduced measures of oxidative stress after 28 days of treatment.

For kidney stones, lemons, lemon juice, and lemonade are used due to the citric acid content of lemon. Citrate inhibits the formation of calcium-based kidney stones. Consuming lemon products seems to increase urinary citrate levels. Theoretically, this might result in decreased incidence of calcium kidney stone formation. There is interest in potential anticancer activity of citrus flavonoids, including those found in lemon. Other benefits that have not been studied but have been used throughout history include, overcoming nausea, motion sickness and indigestion. Whether lemon juice in hot water directly leads to weight loss as many websites purport, it has not been proven in published, scientific research. On another side note, many people add lemon slices or juice to their water to make it more refreshing.

Natasha Turner, ND
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
A nice mug of warm lemon water upon rising and/or prior to meals can cleanse your livers, stimulate the flow of digestive juices and reduce body acidity. Lemon in cold water isn’t as soothing to your digestive system. You can also add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for an additional metabolic boost.

Continue Learning about Juices

The Skinny on Juice-Bar Smoothies
The Skinny on Juice-Bar Smoothies
As the summer heat begins to settle in, more and more of us are passing up our favorite coffee-shop concoctions for frosty, fruity treats from the loc...
Read More
The Juice That Makes Exercise Easier
The Juice That Makes Exercise Easier
Think outside the sports-drink bottle when you're looking for a workout beverage. New research puts the "gives you an edge" spotlight on this vegetabl...
Read More
What are the health benefits of green juice products?
Eva B. Cwynar, MDEva B. Cwynar, MD
The most common substances found in green juice products are blue-green algae, wheat grass, barl...
More Answers
What should I know before I start drinking beet juice regularly?
Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, NDDr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Before you start drinking beet juice regularly, be mindful that the beets could turn your urine and ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.