The Amazing Health Benefits Of Raw Lemon Juice

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Raw Lemon Juice

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Raw Lemon Juice

The origins of the lemon are unclear, but it is commonly thought that they originated in India, China and Burma and then entered Europe via Italy in the 1st Century AD.

But the one thing that we can all agree on, is the natural health benefits of this little yellow superstar.

Raw lemon juice is well known for its antioxidants and anti-cancer properties and has been used for centuries in order to cure many ailments and cleanse the body.

Being rich in Vitamin C, it is also essential for maintaining a fully functional immune system, aiding digestion, fighting cancer, helping wounds to heal faster and can even help to prevent heart failure.

In the 18th Century, The Royal Navy used lemons to fight scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency) and the roman Emperor Nero was reputed to have consumed copious amounts in order to prevent being poisoned by one of his many enemies.

But lemons are not only used for their medicinal qualities and health benefits. Lemon juice is also used in the home in order to disinfect surfaces, remove stains, clean cookers and remove old wax. It can also be used as an insecticide to deter mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

It’s hard to imagine any natural product that contains so many beneficial usages than the humble little lemon. You could say that it’s the Swiss Army Knife of the fruit world!

The Health Benefits

Let’s take a look at a few more of the incredible benefits of fresh lemon juice.

pH Alkaline State – It is vital to maintain a slightly positive alkaline state in order to fight off cancer and other illnesses. Although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help push our bodies to the required pH alkaline state of around 7.4. See this page for a large list of alkaline forming foods. Please also see the following page for another very good list of alkaline foods.

Blood Purifier – Lemons are a blood purifier and help the body to remove toxins.

Blood Sugar Balance – The acidity of raw lemon juice lowers the impact of any meal on your blood sugar.

Detoxification – Raw lemon juice cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system. It helps the body in the removal of toxins and provides you with a great overall detox.

Weight Loss – The pectin in lemon peel is a great source of fiber that is thought to help overweight people lose weight. Lemons can also be used to bring salads and other dishes to life without adding unnecessary calories.

Osteoporosis – Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and helps the body to absorb calcium and fight osteoporosis. Two tablespoons of raw lemon juice diluted in a glass of warm water is good for pregnant women, as it helps build the bones in the unborn child.

Insomnia – in case of insomnia, raw lemon juice helps improve sleep.

Brain and Nerve Food – The potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, memory and calms the mind.

Immune System – Raw lemon juice strengthens the immune system which in turn helps fight many illnesses including cancers.

Infection – When sickness has developed raw lemon juice is an excellent fighter of infection, as it is rich in citric acid.

Cough and Cold – Lemon added to a little hot water with some honey is one of the most effective remedies known for a cough and cold.

Asthma – Having half-teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice, washing it down with luke-warm water before each meal provides quick relief to Asthma. Repeating it as the last dose of the day and starting the day with it also gives very positive results.

Corns – Apply lemon juice a few times a day and see the miraculous results. Bind the corn and leave it overnight and get rid of the trouble soon.

Nausea, Vomiting and Travel Sickness – Take a glass of lemon juice diluted with some water to help with travel sickness and nausea.

Rheumatism, Arthritis and Bone-Related Diseases – As lemons are a rich source of antioxidants, they are an excellent anti-inflammatory. A few glasses of diluted lemon juice is the surest remedy for rheumatic fever, painful joints, lumbago and sciatica.

Acne, Spots and Pimples – Applying raw lemon juice to the face is a popular remedy for acne and pimples.

Hair – The external use of raw lemon juice makes hair shinier and stronger.

Low Vitality – People suffering from low vitality should have lemon and honey mixed water for an immediate cure.

Radiation – As lemon juice is excellent at cleansing the blood and removing toxins, it is a great way of removing radiation from the body. If you have had Chemotherapy, regular lemon juice drinks can help rid the body of any remaining radiation.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Raw Lemon Juice

Lemon Drink Recipe

Day 1 the juice of 1 lemon
Day 2 the juice of 1.5 lemons
Day 3 the juice of 2 lemons
Day 4 the juice of 2.5 lemons

Keep increasing by ½ every day until you reach 5 lemons (this will really help push the body to a pH Alkaline state, which is very important in overcoming an illness)

Then start to go down by the juice of ½ lemon until you reach zero.

5 lemons would be a reasonable goal for smaller people, children, etc. You can go as high as 10 or even 30 lemons for adults.

You can add Stevia and of course water; adjust to your own taste. No maple syrup or any other sweetener if you have cancer. Cancer patients should not take more than 2 teaspoons of honey per day, so easy on that as well.

You do not have to drink the lemon juice all at once. You can make it and keep some in the refrigerator and drink it throughout the day. It is excellent to combat nausea. Add a little warm or room temperature water to the juice as one should never drink cold drinks.

After consuming the lemon juice, take some pure water, rinse the mouth and swallow so that you do not have lemon juice on your teeth, which in high amounts could be hard on the enamel over a period of time.

Once you reach the 5 or 10 to 15 or 30 lemons in one day start to go back down slowly decreasing one lemon daily, or one-half lemon daily.

You can also use the lemon rind when baking as it contains Limonene, which is also very beneficial. Make sure that you are using organic lemons as the peel of non-organic lemon will possibly contain harmful pesticides.

Further Reading

If you enjoyed this post, you will also enjoy another of our most popular posts Fight Disease and Fatigue with Lemon Juice and Baking Soda.

At the Budwig Cancer Center, we use lemons as a part of our very successful natural cancer fighting Budwig Diet. For further information on the health benefits of lemon juice and information on the Budwig Diet, please click on the button below to download a free copy of our guide.


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Updated 6/2/2015

By | 2017-10-03T10:25:39+00:00 November 21st, 2011|alkaline foods, alternative, cancer, natural, tumors|15 Comments

About the Author:

Lloyd Jenkins is a certified Naturopath and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic in Malaga, Southern Spain. He received authorization from Dr. Johanna Budwig in August 2000 to use her protocol for treating people with all types of cancer. He has written seven books and literally hundreds of articles on how to treat cancer and all common diseases using natural therapies. He has also been on radio talk shows and has spoken at Health Care seminars and events. Lloyd is a native-born Canadian and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.


  1. Mhay Roqueta July 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm


    How many ml of water for 1 lemon? Is it ok if i mix sugar?



  2. admin July 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Dear Mhay,

    Please can you use the form at as this will then be answered by Dr Jenkins and the team who will be able to advise you further.


    Blog Admin

  3. Lisa Radice October 1, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Dear Mhay Roqueta, there are many reasons to keep sugar out of your diet completely. There are some great all natural substitutes you can find at your local grocery store or health food store. The one’s that seem to be most widely used are Stevia, Xylitol, raw local bee honey, and pure maple syrup. You can get Truvia or Purevia also. They are pretty much the same thing as Stevia.

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  5. Edna and Guy Mazzanti October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    For decades, have always ordered water and lemon when out. No soda, etc……My weaknes is Key Lime Pie(twice a yeAr) and lemon Mer,pie!!!!!:)

  6. Vidette Duff October 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I think it is a good idea to have a glass of lemon water in the mornings

  7. Florence Strang January 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Very informative, Thanks! I started drinking lemon juice in my water last year after cancer treatments. My digestion has never been better!

  8. michelle January 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have fibromyalgia and was advised by my Bowen therapist to take lemon juice in warm water first up in the mornings to expel the lactic acids from my muscles. And I have to say it works and has lowered my pain levels a lot.
    I have been drinking it for about 3 weeks or more and I`m also starting to lose weight too…

  9. admin January 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    That’s great to hear!

    Thanks for sharing that with us Michelle.

  10. admin January 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us Florence.

    Great to hear that the lemon has help with your digestion.

    Budwig Center

  11. Julia January 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Can fresh raw lemon be beneficial to osteo-arthritis? If yes, how much and how often should I take it. Thank you.

  12. Johnny Mack January 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I’ve always known that lemons were very rich in Vitamin C, and the juice can also be used to lighten the colour of one’s hair. I thoroughly recommend fresh squeezed lemon in some hot green tea when you’re sick. I enjoy at least three glasses a day and have not had a problem with illness or catching any of the common communicable ailments that have been going around. Matter of fact, I am pretty sure that I haven’t been sick but once last year thanks to it. 🙂 Cheers!

  13. Garrett February 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Do you juice the whole lemon?? peel and all?? or just the juice from the inner fruit?

  14. admin February 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Garrett,

    Just the inside of the lemon is fine when juicing.



  15. admin February 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hello Julia,

    Take the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of water with 3 drops of Liquid Stevia every morning upon rising. In addition 1 capsules of Ginger Root and 1 Capsules of Turmeric/curcuma is advisable.



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