According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 (12.3%) women living in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Research shows that citrus liminoids— present in lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit— have important anti-cancer activity. According to the study, “limonoids could thus prove to be an important new means of treatment and/or prevention of breast cancer”.
Citrus fruits contain limonoids which inhibit the proliferation of estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) and positive (ER+) human breast cancer cells. In a recent study, MDA-MB-435 ER- human breast cancer cells were injected into the mammary fat of mice. The control group of mice was given water, while the experimental group was fed orange or grapefruit juice. The incidence of tumors for the mice given citrus juices was 50% less than the control group.
An additional study revealed that women who consume approximately 75 grams daily of grapefruit (juice or fruit) had a 22% reduction in breast cancer risk. The edible part of an average sized grapefruit is about 100g. A typical 8-ounce serving of juice is about 225 grams. Juice is healthiest when it is fresh, organic, pure non-pasteurized juices, and without added sugar.
Among citrus fruits, orange juice actually has the highest content of limonoid glucosides. Orange juice contains 300mg/l, grapefruit contains 200mg/li and lemon or lime juice has 90mg/l. The pulp and peel are even more potent, containing as much as 500mg/kg of limonoids. If you are using a juice extraction machine and organic fruits, be sure to include the peel.
Lemons naturally have a low sugar content and are very versatile, making them perfect for frequent consumption. Besides being a powerful superfood, lemons are interesting because they contain more negative ions than any other fruit. Negative ions invoke a biochemical reaction in the bloodstream that produces feelings of bliss — you may have experienced this when standing near a waterfall or the ocean. Negative ions can boost your energy, alleviate stress, and in high doses, help cleanse toxins from the body and combat allergies.
Lemons also provide an excellent source of vitamins C, A, E, K pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and folate. These boost the immune system and fight free radicals, while citric acid in lemon juice aids in dissolving gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. Lemons also contain minerals copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
Embrace the power of citrus fruits by incorporating them into your daily routine. It is recommended to drink 8 ounces of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. This simple habit reduces toxins, encourages healthy digestion, stimulates neurological function, aids in weight loss and supports the lymphatic system. Lemon water is an alkalizing tonic that helps balance the pH in your body. Add a teaspoon of honey and grated ginger to make this tonic extra powerful and delicious.