Olive Oil and Lemon Juice: An Elixir With Massive Benefits

Written by Claire Hannum
April 5, 2023

Are you waking up feeling tired and sluggish? Before you reach for that cup of coffee, try starting your day with this refreshing olive oil and lemon juice drink. This tasty concoction includes olive oil, water, and a whole lemon. Here’s how this vibrant beverage can boost your well being…

Health Benefits of Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Both lemons and olive oil are well-known for their natural health benefits.

Lemons

Lemon juice is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories like vitamin C and flavonoids (12). The lemon peel (the skin around the lemon) is also packed with vitamin C. That said, lemons boast the following health benefits:

  • Rich source of antioxidants
  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps prevent kidney stones
  • May help reduce risk of heart disease
  • May help lower blood sugar levels
  • May help improve skin quality

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) amplifies this drink's health benefits even more. The main ingredient in EVOO is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) that’s great for heart health and is rich in vitamins K and E (5).

In addition to this, EVOO has the following health benefits (678):

  • High in healthy monounsaturated fats
  • Rich source of antioxidants (helps zap free radicals)
  • May help reduce inflammation
  • May help lower blood pressure*
  • May help reduce risk of heart disease
  • May help improve cognitive function
  • May help reduce risk of some cancers
  • May help protect the skin from UV damage
  • May help prevent gallstones

*Research indicates that consuming olive oil over other oils (especially harmful vegetable oils) can lead to a decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol (9).

Lemons & EVOO for Weight Loss & Oxidative Stress

Both olive oil and lemon juice have been found to have helpful weight management properties, thanks to olive oil’s MUFAs and vitamin C’s role in promoting carnitine, a compound that helps break down fat to be used as energy (101112).

These two ingredients are also a dream team when it comes to neutralizing free radicals, compounds that could otherwise damage your cells and potentially lead to health issues (13141516).

Here's What You Need

  • Lemons: for refreshing flavor and antioxidants
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: to provide heart healthy fats and vitamins
  • Water: to kickstart your hydrations for the day
3-Ingredient Paleo Lemon Drink

3-Ingredient Paleo Lemon Drink

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Prep Time

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

Cook Time

5 minutes

Calories

Calories

30

Servings

Servings

4

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Optional Add-Ins

  • 3 to 5 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-inch piece raw ginger root
  • 1 scoop NativePath Collagen Peptides
  • pinch of stevia powder, to taste, if you’d like additional sweetness (aim to use pure stevia leaf extract instead of stevia packets)

Instructions

  1. Clean lemon well. Cut into quarters and add to a blender (a Vitamix works great).
  2. Add cold water followed by olive oil, ice, and any add-in options. Blend on high for one minute.
  3. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove lemon seeds and pulp, which can be discarded.
  4. Your beverage is now ready to be enjoyed!

Notes

If you’re wondering how much olive oil and lemon juice per day is best, we recommend drinking one 6- to 8-ounce glass per day. Leftovers can be stored in mason jars and refrigerated for several days.

The Bottom Line

Lemon juice and olive oil are a fantastic combination for improving immunity, fighting free radicals, managing weight, and boosting your health. Drink it daily with breakfast for maximum benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are very few downsides to drinking olive oil and lemon juice. Lemon juice is acidic, so it could have an effect on your tooth enamel over time. If you have any food allergies to lemons or olive oil, you may experience an allergic reaction.

Claire Hannum
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Claire Hannum

Claire Hannum is a New York City-based writer, editor, wellness seeker, and reiki practitioner. Her writing has appeared in Self, Health, Prevention, and over a dozen other publications.

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Medical Disclaimer

This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Chad Walding nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.

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