Here’s Why You Should Not Throw Away Lemon Peels

3. Oral Health And Hygiene


Lemon peel is also effective in maintaining oral health and hygiene. Bleeding gums, scurvy, and gingivitis are common effects of vitamin C deficiency. Consuming lemon peel, especially its water or tea offers a lot of vitamin C, which helps combat dental abscesses and cavities. Its rich antibacterial properties treat gum infections caused by bacteria like Streptococcus mutans.

Tokai Gakuen University in Japan conducted a study that showed that microbial growth can be stopped by lemon peel compounds such as 8-Geranyl Oxypsolaren, 5-Geranyloxy 7-Methoxycoumarin 5-Geranyl Oxypsolaren, and Phloroglucinol 1-β-D-glucopyranoside (phloretin). More data needs to be collected to understand the link between the lemon peel compounds and the antimicrobial activity attributed to it.