2. Weight Loss
The lemon peel comes with bioflavonoids and Citrus pectin that helps in weight loss and combating obesity. In a simulated study using SHIME (Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem), it was found that citrus pectin has anti-inflammatory effects on certain gut bacteria that are linked with fighting obesity. These beneficial bacteria – such as Megamonas and Lactobacillus showed a positive response to the extracts from the lemon peel.
Pectin is a soluble fiber that decreases gastric emptying and increases satiety in people with obesity. These are important to control weight and reduce obesity.
A rat study showed that pectin increases the production of digestive enzymes and hormones (GLP-1). This led to a decrease in food intake, fat content, and body weight. Human research is warranted to further validate these claims.