Limes are one of the most widely used fruits out there, from detox drinks to tequila shots, but they don’t get the same recognition as the exalted lemon. But limes offer more health benefits than people know. They deserve their moment in the sun.
One lime contains about: 2g fiber, 22% of your daily value of vitamin C, and a ton of antioxidants. Let’s dive deeper, and break down what that means for you and your everyday health journey.
Lime is Healthy for Your Heart
Lime supports heart health in several different ways:
- Contains pectin, which positively affects your cholesterol levels
- Rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease
- Contains potassium which helps relieve tension in the walls of blood vessels to help lower blood pressure
Lime Offers Protection Against Kidney Stones
If you’ve had a kidney stone, you know they’re terrible; if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. Research finds that the citric acid in fruits like lime, lemon, and orange may prevent kidney stones from forming. This is why patients with low urinary citrate levels are often encouraged to increase consumption of foods rich in citric acid, like limes.
Lime Benefits Your Digestive System
Carbohydrates in limes are usually made of soluble fiber in the form of pectin. This soluble fiber helps slow digestion, which keeps your blood sugar stable and inhibits the growth of colon cancer tumors.
Pectin is also known for promoting healthy cholesterol levels. Moreover, citrus fruits like lime contain a nutrient in their peels and oils called d-limonene, which helps relieve symptoms of indigestion and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Has anyone ever recommended lemon water to start your day, or tea with lemon to settle your stomach? That’s why! We recommend trying iced lime water or green tea with a squeeze of lime, instead.
Lime Lowers Your Risk of Developing Cancer
There are a few properties of limes that help with cancer prevention:
- The d-limonene in citrus fruits provides multiple health benefits, including cancer prevention.
- Limes contain a flavonoid called naringenin, which has cancer-preventing solid properties, as recently found in scientific studies.
- Citrus pulp and juice contain high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin and hesperidin, which are plant compounds that help prevent malignant tumors from forming in rodents.
Lime Protects You Against Anemia
Iron deficiency often leads to the blood disorder anemia. While limes don’t contain high amounts of iron, they do have high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body absorb any iron you may already be consuming.
This is important because a common issue with iron deficiencies is not the lack of iron intake, but rather the body’s inability to use the iron you’re giving it. Helping your body absorb more iron may help balance iron levels overall.
Lime Promotes Beautiful Skin
Easy, breezy, beautiful… lime. Dermatologists often cite vitamin C for its positive effect on your body’s collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps prevent wrinkles, and also helps keep your joints healthy.
The juice of limes and lemons is also often used as a natural remedy for acne due to their antibacterial and astringent properties. They help exfoliate skin and prevent pores from getting clogged—and they smell good. Who doesn’t want a lime facial?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It works hard everyday to protect you from the outside world, so it needs all the help it can get.
Adding Lime to Your Diet
When you consider the health benefits of lime, adding it to your diet is a no-brainer. These are a few of our favorite ways to consume it:
- This honey-sweetened limeade
- A squeeze of lime in icy water
- Tequila shots (we’re kidding, but we’re not)
- Pear Lime with Green Tea Mayawell (no refined sugar, 40 calories, and SO good)
Remember that one of the best ways to achieve overall health is to strive for balance and variety: Eat a varied diet, make sure you’re taking time to slow down and enjoy life while also hustling towards your goals, and balance your lemons with your limes.