Lucknow, 14 April: Demand for lemons, meant for increasing immunity, has gone up in Lucknow city’s vegetable markets after the spike in Covid-19 cases. Normally, lemons used to be sold of 30 rupees a dozen is currently being sold at the rate of 60 rupees a dozen.
In the second wave of Covid-19, lemons are again helpful in increasing physical ability among people to protect from highly contagious coronavirus disease. During the Corona era, most people are adopting homemade remedies to subside the attack of Covid-19. Lemon is an effective medicine in it. Lemon juice keeps liver healthy and helps in fulfilling the calcium deficiencies.
Lemon is not only helpful in increasing immunity. It is beneficial in eliminating stomach worms, relieving stomach pains, increasing appetite, curing bile and Kaphaj disorders, as well as many other diseases.
Lemon is a better source of vitamin C. Additionally, it is also found in various vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin-E.
Lemons seller Sanjay at Daliganj vegetable market in Lucknow told that one of the reasons why lemons are expensive in the market is that lemon is coming out from rural areas at the moment. Demand for lemons has increased but most people prefer ripe yellow lemons. Right now, green lemons are coming to the market. Those who need it are also buying and carrying it.
Food Safety Officer Namrata Pandey informed that the increased rate of lemon may have an impact on the life of the general public, but there may not be black marketing behind the increased rate of lemon. Whatever time it takes to reach the market from lemon tree, it gets spoiled in the same and time, so it cannot be black marketed. The reason for the increased rate is the shortage of lemons in the market.
She said that the department is keeping an eye on the black marketing and hoarding of vegetables in the market especially on potatoes, onions and tomatoes.
“Use lemon as a medicine. Lemon is effective in boosting immunity, effective in destroying infected viruses. Blood pressure, sugar, liver can be kept under control by eating or drinking of lemons. By this, digestion also remains healthy,” added Pandey.