A home-made (sugar-free) anti-cancer, anti-aging lemonade for health and longevity

  • by Nils Osmar. August 4, 2023
  • This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. 
  • See full Medical Disclaimer

This delicious, nutritious drink:

  • Supports mitochondrial health.
  • Supports brain health.
  • Is high in rutin.
  • Is high in pectin (anti-depression; brain-protective)
  • Is anti-aging.
  • Is anti-cancer.
  • Supports prostate health and urinary tract health


  1. 1 whole small lemon (not peeled) (buying organic is important since it includes the peel)
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/2 cup blueberries
  4. 1-2 teaspoons Gaia Elderberry syrup
  5. 1 packet stevia
  6. 1 packet xylitol
  7. 1/4 teaspoon malic acid
  8. Optional: 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Step by step

  1. Wash the lemon, and put it in your blender.
  2. I used to use whole lemons; currently I keep the fruit and pith but remove the peel.
  3. Add water
  4. Add dry ingredients
  5. Add blueberries and elderberry syrup
  6. Bland on high for a few minutes
  7. You can strain it if you like; I like drinking it unstrained.

What I’m doing:

  • I get up around 5:30 most mornings, make some water-decaf coffee, and drink it along with some Ca-AKG.
  • An hour or two later, I have my NAD boosters and sirtuin gene activators: NMN, NR, TMG, SIRT6 Activator and sometimes a few other supplements.
  • I then work out – then after working out, I make this lemonade and drink it.
  • Note: Lemon is acidic and can damage our enamel, so I rinse my mouth with water after drinking it.
  • This drink has about 4-5 grams of net carbs.

Why peel the fruit?

When making drinks like this, I used to blend whole lemons and grapefruit, but stopped doing so after learning more about the natural insecticides in the outer peel. In small amounts they can be beneficial; in larger amounts they could be toxic. The nootkatone in grapefruit does switch on the SIRT1 gene, but large doses might possibly cause stomach upset.


  • The first time I made this drink, I used a full teaspoon of malic acid and 2 tablespoons of vinegar – and had to rush to the bathroom.

Related studies:

  1. Antioxidant and anti-ageing activities of citrus-based juice mixture https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26471635/
  2. Potent anti-cancer effects of citrus peel flavonoids in human prostate tumors… https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23673480/
  3. Rutin is a potent senomorphic agent to target senescent cells … https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acel.13921
  4. The protective effects of apple pectin and citrus pectins on post-cerebral I/R depression… https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187853522300326X

Not medical advice

This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component.  See full Medical Disclaimer

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