Health benefits of lemons and limes that you may not have heard of
Lemons and limes don’t get the respect they deserve in the nutrition hierarchy. These citrus fruits are usually an afterthought, at best a seasoning and at worst a purely ornamental garnish.
But we’re here to save lemons and limes from nutritional obscurity. The juice, skin, and flesh of these little fruits contain enough nutritional benefits to become a staple of your diet.
Lemons and limes have similar nutritional profile.
They are packed with vitamins B6 and C, potassium, folate, flavonoids, and limonene. This phytochemical provides a strong anticancer effect, and boosts the enzymes that detoxify your body.
Here are the top 10 health benefits of lemons and limes.
Boosts Immune System:
These two citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C, a powerful immune booster. You need to consume vitamin C in your diet, as your body doesn’t produce it on its own. Vitamin C aids the immune system by attacking the nucleic acid of virus cells and also obliterating bacteria. A 2009 study showed that Vitamin C helps in reducing the duration of the common cold.
Helps Prevent Asthma:
For millennia, people have drank lemon juice to prevent and treat asthma. The high concentrations of vitamin C and anti-oxidants are the primary factor behind the juice’s benefits for asthma. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, helping a person become more resistant to external factors that trigger an asthma attack. It also helps the lungs breathe easier.
Increase Iron Absorption:
The mineral iron is vital because it helps the blood carry oxygen to the cells and produces energy for regular cell function. Both the citric acid and vitamin C found in lemons and limes facilitate your body’s absorption of non-heme iron, which is the iron found in plant-based foods. So next squeeze some lemon juice on your next salad, spinach, or grilled veg!
Helps Fight Cancer:
Lemon peels contain a high dosage of a terpene compound called d-limonene. In lab studies with animals, d-limonene had a considerable positive effect on cancer cells. More recently, in a study conducted by the University of Arizona on a group of 43 women with operable breast cancer, those given 2 grams of limonene daily showed a 22% reduction in the expression of tumor markers. Another study linked citrus peels to a reduced risk of cancerous skin cells.
Constipation: Drink a glass of warm water every morning with some lime/lemon juice with raw honey. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon powder. This will help your body to detoxify and relieve constipation.
Digestion: Lime/lemon juice have amazing digestive qualities that are very similar to our digestive enzymes. Thus it is effectively helps with digestion and relieve bloating and belching.
Feet, tired: After a long day on your feet, soak your feet in very warm water containing lime/lemon juice to enjoy the cooling, astringent feeling. This will also help promote deep sleep due to the relaxing action on the foot nerves.
Lemon and lime are highly alkaline fruits, and you can use them in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, etc. citrus juices prevent uric acid crystallization and gout.
Rub lemon peel against your dry/scaly skin to restore its natural softness, and moisturize your skin.
Use equal parts of lemon juice and water, and gargle. You should feel the soothing effect down your throat. Add a pinch of sea salt for better results.