How Limes are Good For Your Health

Nutrient Content

Vitamins

Excellent Source of (Daily Recommended): 

  • Vitamin C – 32%

Minerals

A Source of:

  • Calcium – 2%
  • Iron – 2%
  • Potassium – 2%
  • Copper – 2%

Other

Also a Source of:

  • Fiber – 8%
  • Omega – 6 Fatty Acids

*All nutritional information found at (1)

How Limes Prevent Chronic Disease

Limes, like many fruits, prevent several chronic diseases that plague America today. Most notably, limes help to prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

How Limes Prevent Cancer

In general, it is recommended to eat fruit daily in order to help prevent cancer. Limes are a great resource to incorporate into your diet to prevent various cancers.

  • Limes are filled with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer growth. Individually, cancers generally grow through oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Over time, oxidative stress can lead to free radicals. When in excess, free radicals will start attacking your tissues and causing damage to vital systems in your body. (2)

  • With the antioxidants present in limes, we can fight the growth of cancer cells and even destroy them.

  • Specifically, limes are rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can help stop the expression of genes that lead to the proliferation of cancer cells. (3)

  • Also, it has been shown in many studies that citrus fruits, such as limes, can help lower your risk for several different cancers. (4)

How Limes Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Cardiovascular diseases are generally caused by high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Typically, the bad LDL cholesterol is the driving force behind strokes and heart attacks, because when in excess these compounds clump together and block blood vessels from providing blood to vital organs throughout your body. (5)

  • As a result of cholesterols clumping together, your blood pressure will go up as well. However, limes are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to lower blood pressure. Limes have also been shown to slow down the process of these plaque buildups in the blood vessels. As a result, your risk for heart disease goes down over time. (6)

Limes Promote a Number of Health Benefits

Limes not only help to prevent diseases, but support and promote the function of several important systems in our bodies.

How Limes Promote Immune Health

  • Limes are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to improve your immune system by providing it with more white blood cells. As a result, your body can counteract infections. (7)

How Limes Promote Skin Health

  • Limes have been shown to help promote skin health. As mentioned above, they are rich in vitamin C, which helps produce the protein collagen. Collagen is vital for keeping your skin firm and healthy. As we age, vitamin C can help prevent wrinkles and sagging. (8)

  • Also, limes are high in antioxidants, which can help combat free radicals that attack your skin. (9)

How Limes Prevent Kidney Stones

  • Kidney stones typically occur when your kidneys do not excrete the excess waste that may be present. Over time, excess waste will turn into a crystallized structure, which can cause immense and chronic pain. Urine will often be very concentrated because you are not urinating as much as you should be throughout the day. (10)

  • Limes are helpful with kidney stones because they help raise citrate levels, which can help bind to some of these waste minerals to be excreted through your urine. (11)

How Limes Prevent Anemia

  • Iron is essential in our bodies to help transport oxygen from your lungs. Low iron levels typically results in anemia, which often leads to trouble breathing, dry skin, and, most notably, fatigue. (12)

  • It has been shown that limes, due to their high vitamin C content, can help prevent iron deficiency because vitamin C promotes increased absorption of iron from foods. This is especially important for vegans or people on vegetarian diets. (13)

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