The lemon is a small but mighty fruit with its nutritional benefits. It contains many vitamins and minerals and can be used in multiple ways, from eating it raw to adding it to drinks or using it in recipes as varied as soups and desserts.
Claim to Fame
Different varieties of lemons all contain roughly similar amounts of nutrients. The lemon's primary claim to fame is its high vitamin C content. One medium-sized lemon at about 58 grams contains 30.7 milligrams of this vitamin, which is approximately 34 and 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance, respectively, for adult men and women. Interestingly, the skin of this fruit contains almost double this amount. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant and plays an important role in your body's immune function.
Additional Nutritional Benefits of a Lemon
A medium-sized lemon contains approximately 80 milligrams of the 4,700 milligrams of potassium and 15 milligrams of the 1,000 milligrams of calcium you need each day. These two minerals are important to bone and heart health. A lemon of this size also contributes small percentages of thiamine, riboflavin, folate and B-6. B vitamins are essential vitamins that must be provided by dietary means, and are necessary in the proper functioning of many body processes.
- Purdue University, Horticulture: Lemon
- Sunkist: Health Benefits of Lemon
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin C
- MedlinePlus: Vitamins
- American Journal of Hypertension: Are Low Intakes of Calcium and Potassium Important Causes of Cardiovascular Disease?
- USDA Nutrient Database: Lemons, Raw, Without Peel
- Consumer Labs: RDAs