Definition: Zest. The outer scrapings of the peel of the citrus fruit. Zest also means vigor, and with life.
Now you know what zest means. So, imagine what happens it it is in Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfood. There are amazing health benefits from these fruit skins.
Below is a list of benefits for lemon zest, from the first link above. Most citrus fruits are similar. In the Super Superfood Reds and Gold is zest from lemons and pomelos. Lemons are very small in Nepal. Pomelos are large. Below is a photos of an orange being zested. If you read the above article in Style Craze you will find their report of the phenomenal interest.
At the bottom of this page are dozens of scientific references to the benefits of zest.
Immediately below is the excerpt from the above article. Click through the link and read the article in full. It is one of the best.
1. Improves Bone Health
Lemon peels help in improving bone health. It contains a high amount of calcium and vitamin C, which help in maintaining and improving the health of bones. Lemon peel also helps in preventing bone related diseases likes osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory polyarthritis.
2. Treats Oxidative Stress
They help in reducing oxidative stress. Lemon peels have high amounts of citrus bio-flavonoids, which are a very powerful source for the reduction of Oxidative stress from your body.
3. Eradicates Toxins:
There are toxic elements present in our body which not only make us weak from within but also increase the addiction to hard drinks and other harmful eatables. Lemon peels, because of its citrus bioflavonoids content, help in eradicating these toxic elements present in our body.
Above is a photo of a pomelo, like a huge grapefruit.
4. Fights Cancer:
Hardly people know, but lemon peels are also used in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which help in fighting the cancerous cells present in the body.
5. Reduces Cholesterol:
Zest is also helpful in decreasing the cholesterol levels in the body which results in maintaining good health of our hearts. This is due to the presence of polyphenol flavonoids in lemon peels.
6. Prevents Heart Related Conditions:
The presence of potassium in lemon peels help in maintaining the right blood pressure in our body. And in addition to this, lemon peels also help in prevention of heart diseases, heart attacks and diabetes.
7. Maintains Oral Health & Hygiene:
Lemon peels are also great for oral health and hygiene. Vitamin C deficiency results in teeth related problems like bleeding gums, scurvy and gingivitis. Lemon peels are rich in citric acid which helps in covering up for the deficiency of vitamin C and helps in fighting these known teeth and gum related problems.
The above photo is of a pomelo. They have pink flesh when ripe, and have a yellow green peel.
8. Promotes Weight Loss:
Lemon peels help in promotion of weight loss. They contain a component known as pectin, which is responsible for the promotion of weight loss in the body.
9. Fight Skin Related Conditions:
Lemon peels help in preventing and fighting skin problems such as wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and dark spots. The free radicals play a very important role in this process. These are also rich in antioxidants which tend to detoxify the skin to a very great extent.
In Nepal, the lemons are small, as above.
10. Other Health Benefits:
There are also other health benefits of lemon peel like – cleansing the liver, strengthening capillaries, curing ear infections, improving blood circulation, reducing muscle contractions, prevention of strokes, etc.
NOTE 1: Zest is 3.75% of the Super Superfood Reds by weight, and 3.37% of the Super Superfood Gold by weight.
NOTE 2: While these above are amazing reports, our super superfoods do not include high volumes of zest. If you are ill, please go to a physician. If on the other hand, you want good health by a cross selection of good nutrition, with an associated long life, our super superfoods are available for you.
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