its advantages and disadvantages

Olive oil and lemon juice are common ingredients in many cuisines, particularly in the Mediterranean and Levantine regions. Some people claim that the combination of olive oil and lemon juice can treat a number of conditions like gallstones, joint pain, and premature aging. Additionally, studies have examined the potential health benefits of nutrients found separately in olive oil and lemon juice.

In this article, we’ll see if research has been conducted to confirm the purported benefits of combining olive oil and lemon juice. We’ll also look at the potential pros and cons of each of these ingredients individually.

Lemons, herbs and olive oil

Olive oil is obtained by pressing the oil from ripe olive fruit using a variety of methods including pressing and centrifugation. Extra virgin olive oil is considered the highest quality variety.

It’s about 73% oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA). It is also an excellent source of vitamins E and K. Another interesting property of olive oil is the abundance of natural compounds called polyphenols. These are powerful antioxidants that scavenge harmful compounds called free radicals in your body and protect you from oxidative stress.

Benefits of Lemon Juice

The acidic liquid extracted from lemons is called lemon juice. Lemon is a citrus fruit native to the Mediterranean region and belongs to the rue family. Lemon juice is a rich source of antioxidants, especially vitamin C. Lemons also contain flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Information on the combination of olive oil and lemon juice

Some people claim that consuming olive oil and lemon juice together produces positive health results. People claim to use them for cleansing and detoxification, treating and preventing gallstones, and aiding in weight loss.

Let’s consider each of these claims individually.

1 Information on cleansing and detoxification

A quick search online will uncover various concoctions claiming to cleanse and detox using lemon juice, olive oil, or a combination of both.
Cleanses and detoxes are designed to remove waste and toxins that have built up in your body over time. However, there doesn’t seem to be many studies on whether lemon juice and olive oil can help with cleansing or detoxification.

A 2018 review of 27 high-quality studies examined the health effects of consuming olive oil compared to other vegetable oils. Researchers found that people who consumed olive oil during the study period had lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in their blood compared to people who consumed other vegetable oils.

No studies of our high quality research research have shown that olive oil consumption relieves digestive problems.

However, the antioxidants and polyphenols in olive oil and lemon juice could be called “scavengers” because they neutralize or “scavenge” harmful free radicals that can otherwise damage cells and contribute to disease. The human body has various biological methods to eliminate toxins and maintain optimal functioning.

To help your body function optimally, it’s best to eat a varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and lean sources of protein.

2 Weight Loss Claims

Research has shown that certain components of lemon juice and olive oil, vitamin C in lemon juice, and MUFAs in olive oil play a role in weight management.

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C. A 100-gram serving provides 38.7 mg, or 43% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for men and 52% of the RDA for women. In the human body, vitamin C is an important component necessary for the production of carnitine.

Carnitine is a compound that transports fat molecules into cells where they are broken down and used as a source of energy. Therefore, insufficient vitamin C intake can lead to reduced fat loss. In an older study from 2006, healthy adults with mildly low vitamin C levels burned 25% less fat when walking on a treadmill for 60 minutes compared to people with low vitamin C levels.

There don’t seem to be any studies observing the effects of consuming a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice on weight. However, the individual components can still be effective in combination. It’s also important to note that more recent human studies are needed.

3 claims for kidney stones and gallstones

Your eating habits can play a crucial role in the formation of kidney and gallstones. It is known that low intake of vitamin C and high intake of saturated fat contribute to these diseases. Gallstones are solidified deposits of digestive juices and cholesterol that develop in the gallbladder. Symptoms may or may not appear depending on the size and location of the gallstones. According to some sources, some people use a combination of lemon juice and olive oil to move gallstones as a folk remedy. However, there is no research to support this claim.

There are many recommendations for a healthy diet to prevent gallstones, including recommending eating healthy fats like olive oil. There is evidence that eating healthy fats like olive oil can help prevent gallstones by allowing the gallbladder to contract and empty regularly.

Vitamin C deficiency has also been linked to an increased risk of developing gallstones. Vitamin C can inhibit the crystallization of cholesterol by converting it into bile acids, thus preventing the formation of gallstones. A large but older study from 2000 found that for every 27 micromol/L increase in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the blood, gallstone formation decreased by 13% in women aged 20 to 74.

Olive oil and lemon: a great duo?

Many nutrients found in olive oil and lemon juice can have beneficial effects on your health. Each ingredient has its own powerful health benefits. But can olive oil and lemon juice combined be considered a super duo whose effects are superior to those of each when consumed individually? In short, no. It has been claimed that this blend can improve digestion, cleanse the body, relieve joint pain, prevent premature aging and treat gallstones. However, no studies show that their effects are enhanced when they are combined.

Some sources have touted the lemon juice and olive oil blend to improve digestion, cleanse the body, relieve joint pain and prevent premature aging. However, there is no research to support these claims.

Possible disadvantages

The combination of olive oil and lemon juice has no known particular disadvantages, but each of these components has some minor disadvantages that you should be aware of.

As with many foods, lemons or olive oil can cause allergic reactions in a small proportion of people. Acidic foods such as lemon juice can also damage tooth enamel if consumed frequently. Also remember that olive oil is very high in calories. A tablespoon (13.5 grams) of olive oil provides 119 calories. So if you’re trying to limit your calorie intake for weight loss or other reasons, consume olive oil in moderation. If you have a medical condition and are wondering what treatments might be right for you, consult a doctor.

Should You Combine Olive Oil and Lemon Juice?

If you’re curious about combining lemon juice and olive oil in your diet, do it! No research shows that lemon juice and olive oil combined are harmful. Also, it’s a popular flavor combination and people often use them together in their recipes, especially Mediterranean cuisine.

Not only do lemon juice and olive oil offer some of the potential health benefits listed above, but they also make great dressings for salads or as a base for Mediterranean chicken and baked potatoes (my favorite dish), among many other delicious recipes. If you experience an allergic reaction or other health effects after consuming it, make sure you stop consuming it and consult a doctor.

in summary

According to anecdotal sources, olive oil and lemon juice make a powerful duo when combined. Some people claim that this combination can improve digestion, cleanse the body, relieve joint pain, prevent premature aging, and treat gallstones. However, there is no research to support these claims. The health properties of olive oil and lemon juice do not seem to improve when the two ingredients are combined.

In contrast, some individual components of olive oil and lemon juice may have other research-backed health benefits. They also make a tasty mixture that you can use in cooking.

How to successfully mix olive oil and lemon juice

Try it today: If you want to combine olive oil and lemon juice in your diet, try a simple salad dressing. It can be used on almost any type of salad: green salad, potato salad, tomato salad, couscous, etc.

Whisk together about 3 parts lemon juice with 4 parts olive oil, then add Dijon mustard, finely chopped garlic, honey, and salt to taste.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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