Tuesday, May 25, 2010

being a lemon in 1812

as a lemon in 1812, your responsibilities were to....

cureand prevent
SCURVY for the American Navy
lemons finally became a part of the standard rations of the American Navy in 1812
Navel Surgeons started including them in their medical kits

Lemons and Vit C containing citrus fruits are categorized as antiscorbutics

Today we know that scurvy is due solely to a deficiency in Vit C,
Vit C is a compound essential to metabolism
the human body must obtain Vit C from food
Scurvy is rapidly and completely cured by restoring Vit C into the diet.

It is not easy to find fresh foods that lack vitamin C.
Plants and animals tend to be full of it,
since the molecule is used in all kinds of biochemical synthesis
as an electron donor.
Vit C quickly breaks down in the presence of light, heat and air.
For this reason it is absent from most preserved foods that have been cooked or dried.

one of today's many benefits of VIT C........

It's Digestive Powers
In Chinese cuisine, orange peel is often served as an accompaniment to red meat. The reason for this is that, according to Chinese medicine, orange peel aids in digestion of rich, fatty foods. One recommendation for better digestion is to start every day with lemon water -- using the juice of one lemon squeezed into 12 ounces of room temperature filtered water. This lemon water is slightly acidic, which helps to cleanse and move the roughage that stays behind in your intestines and system. Also, don't forget one of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water: It can pave the way for weight loss!

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