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The anticancer benefits of lemon

There was a time we all had lemon trees in our back yards, our parents/grandparents did. I think they were far healthier, mind you no or less toxic sprays and less processed food back then. Time to get the citrus trees growing again.


(NaturalHealth365) Lemon is a tasty addition to foods and beverages and also a favorite aromatherapy scent. However, the benefits of lemongo beyond its citrus flavor and uplifting aroma. Lemons, especially the peels, can also bring tremendous anticancer benefits.

Lemon peels contain key compounds that bolster the immune system to more effectively fight cancer. Science is increasingly coming to the conclusion that natural phytonutrients found in plant-based foods can outperform chemotherapy – without harmful side effects.

D-limonene in lemon offers potent anticancer properties

The main compound in lemon that’s responsible for its anticancer effect is its naturally-occurring terpenes, in particular d-limonene. The benefits of d-limonene include both the prevention and treatment of cancer.

A University of Arizona Cancer Center study assessed 43 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each were given 2 grams of limonene daily between 2 and 6 weeks before they were scheduled to have surgery.

Breast tissue and blood were collected to determine d-limonene levels as well as changes to key biomarkers related to breast cancer. There was a 22 percent reduction in breast tumor markers, including cyclin D1, one of the most overexpressed proteins and genes in cases of breast cancer. It was noted that the d-limonene consumed became highly concentrated in the affected breast tissue.

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