Drinking Lemon tea not only gives you a tangy flavor and feeling of freshness, but also provides multiple health benefits. According to Harvard School of Health, Tea is a good calorie-free substitute for sugary beverages. Lemon boosts the nutritional benefits of tea by adding a bit of Vitamin C and Potassium and counteracts the potentially negative effects of tea on other nutrient. During winters, addition of ginger in lemon tea can be a power-packed drink. Here are some of the health benefits you can get by adding lemon to your tea.
Enhances Iron Absorption
Vitamin C present in lemon boosts the absorption of non-heme iron (Iron present in plant food) by the body and also counteract the effect of polyphenols in tea by inhibiting their interference with the body’s ability to absorb non-heme iron.
Fresh lemon juice in tea can provide about 6 mg of Vitamin C, which is less than 10 percent of the daily allowance for the vitamin. Safety of Heme Vs. Non-Heme Iron.
Fights Free Radicals
Lemons as well as tea, both are rich in antioxidants due to the present of Vitamin C and polyphenols in them, respectively. Antioxidants helps in reducing the damages caused by free radicals and promote the death of unhealthy cells. Studies have shown that antioxidants and a compound named limonoids present in Lemon helps prevent cancerous cells from reproducing. Easy steps to make Lemon Tea
Regulate Blood Sugar
According to the study published in Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, Lemons contain a compound named Hesperidin, which modify the function of enzymes that affect our blood sugar levels. This compound not only shields you from the early stages of diabetes but also helps in preventing the complication arising from diabetes. Lemon tea also have cholesterol lowering effects due to Hesperidin compound.
Protects Insulin Producing Cells
Lemons in tea can be highly beneficial. Due to the presence of quercetin in lemons, insulin producing cells in the pancreas are protected from the damaging effects of free radicals. Besides this, flavonoids also has anti-inflammatory effect and stabilizes cells releasing histamine (responsible for triggering allergic reactions) in our body.