We all know that lemon juice is full of health benefits, but the peel contains terpenes like d-limonene which has shown impressive abilities against cancer.
After more than 20 lab tests that the Institute of Health Sciences has done since 1970, it’s been shown that lemon extract destroys malignant cells in 12 different cancers, including breast, colon, prostate, lung and pancreas. Lemon compounds are 10,000 times stronger than Adriamycin (a chemotherapy drug), when it comes to slowing the cancer growth. Moreover, , this type of lemon extract therapy only affects the malignant cancer cells, leaving the healthy one alone.
Preliminary studies in humans are also showing promising benefits in breast cancer patients. The University of Arizona Cancer Center conducted a study on 43 women who suffered from breast cancer. They were given 2 grams of limonene daily for two to six weeks, and had their blood and tissue collected during the elective mastectomy to measure the level of d-limonene as well as note any changes in systemic and tissue biomarkers of breast cancer.
According to the results of the study, d-limonene was found in the breast tissue, reaching high tissue concentration (average = 41.3 μg/g tissue).
Furthermore, a research conducted by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab.
Ten percent of cancer cases in children are results of neuroblastoma. Dr. Ed Harris, Experiment Station biochemist collaborated on a study with Dr. Bhimu Patil, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.
“Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds,” Harris said. “Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That’s the beautiful potential.”
According to Dr. Patil, citrus fruits are “a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens.” Being a plant physiologist, he managed to isolate and purify a number of limonoids from citrus so that the biochemists could evaluate and compare their anti-cancer abilities at the molecular level.
“Limonoids are unique to citrus,” Patil said. “They are not present in any other fruits or vegetables. My goal is to find the direct benefits of citrus on human health.”
According to the results, d-limonene supplementation resulted in a 22% reduction in the expression of tumor markers.
Besides being available as a dietary supplement, you can consume the limonene from the lemon’s peel and the white spongy inner parts. A typical average-sized lemon has about 300 mg of d-limonene.
To naturally add terpenes in your diet, you just need to juice the lemons. If you can’t really stand the taste, you can mix it with another sweet fruit like berries, cherries, and herbs such as peppermint, basil, thyme, and rosemary.
To make a gallon of Citrus Cherry Juice, you will need:
- 2⁄3 cup organic lemon juice
•2 organic lemons
•2 organic oranges
•1⁄3 cup organic orange juice
•1 cup organic cherry juice
•2 cups of organic coconut sugar
•4 peppermint leaves
• warm/hot water
Fill ¼ of a gallon glass jug with warm water and add sugar. Add remaining ingredients, squeezing juice from the lemons and oranges into the jug. Then, cut one of the pre-squeezed lemon and oranges into thin slices and add slices into container.
(The oils from the skins add a lot of flavor.) Fill container with cold water, shake, and serve over ice.