Limes may seem like an ordinary fruit, but they are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And all it takes is a glass of lime water each day to reap the benefits.
Studies show this tart little fruit can help lower heart disease, boost immunity, increase iron absorption, help weight loss, regulate blood sugar and help prevent kidney stones.
Vitamin C is most concentrated in citrus fruits. The USDA reports that one lime contains about 15% of your daily value of vitamin C. The National Institutes of Health recommends 75 mg of vitamin C for women and 90 mg for men per day.
Lime water can relieve symptoms of arthritis and similar conditions that cause joint pain and stiffness since the vitamin C in limes help to reduce inflammation. A study reported that people who consumed very little vitamin C were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis.
Limes also are rich in dietary fiber and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium and phosphorous as well as Thiamin and Riboflavin. That’s like dropping a multivitamin in your water each day.
This small green fruit is packed with goodness and according to Colorado State University, limes protect cells from free radicals, improve iron absorption, regenerate vitamin E supplies, help build collagen, metabolize cholesterol and even synthesize norepinephrine (a stress hormone).
Just as some acids are used to clean out clogged pipes, the amount of acid in limes helps clear the body’s system by washing and cleaning the digestive tract. For an even cleaner system, try adding salt to your lime water, which acts as an excellent laxative.
And because limes are acidic, they also help saliva break down food for better digestion. As a bonus, drinking a glass of warm water with 2 teaspoons of lime juice about half an hour before meals may help prevent heartburn and acid reflux.
Making lime water is simple: slice a few limes thinly, muddle them a bit at the bottom of a pitcher and fill with cold water. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Consider adding mint, ginger, honey, a pinch of salt or even using coconut water for a change.
Your lime water will last about three days in the refrigerator, so enjoy it every day and start feeling better.