When life throws you an eye problem, get an eye checkup but when life throws you lemon, make lemonade and put that eye checkup on hold! Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the already popular citrus fruit is now in higher demand. While it is a well-known immunity booster, it is actually a lesser known eye treat.
If there is one vitamin that lemon is known for, like most other citric fruit, it is rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is well known for boosting the body’s overall immune-response but it is also an antioxidant. As an antioxidant, this essential nutrient is thought to contribute greatly to the prevention of macular degeneration so not only does having a glass of lemon water help you fight off sickness, it can also help you see more clearly for longer.
Aside from ascorbic acid or vitamin C, lemons also have a number of trace nutrients. It has 2 of the 3 B vitamins that are essential to eye health. Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 are important in reducing eye inflammation with constant intake; lemon has vitamin B6 and B6 in trace amounts. Another important nutrient that lemon has is lutein. Get an eye checkup and mention lutein; you’ll be sure to learn of how important it is in preventing age-related macular degeneration.
Skin Tightening & Lightening
A word of warning; lemon juice is very acidic so it is ill-advised to use it as drops. They can irritate your eyes at the very least. But since vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient, it can be absorbed by the skin. Because of its antioxidant effect, as well as the lemon’s citric acid being a natural bleach, lemon juice can help reduce and even improve the appearance of eye bags. Squeeze some lemon juice and using a cotton swab, dab it on the skin around your eyes but avoid getting it into your eyes (otherwise, wash with water immediately) and leave on for at least 15 minutes at a time. Rinse after with gentle soap and water.
See? Lemon by and large has many benefits. You can even use lemon juice to clean glass! Not only does lemon help us see better, it also can help us look better. Before you go to your next eye checkup, try on a little lemon-aid for your vision.