Here’s Why You Should Not Throw Away Lemon Peels

3. Oral Health And Hygiene

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.