It turns out limes are good for more than Key lime pie! Just a squeeze delivers the benefits of lime, including clear skin and a healthy heart.
Boost your immunity
Just one lime contains 19.5 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 20-25% of your recommended daily value. It’s also packed with an abundance of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and vitamins A, E and K, all of which are necessary for good health.
Vitamin C does more than fight the common cold. It also assists with the production of collagen, a protein that keeps your skin, hair and nails strong. You need collagen to boost your skin’s elasticity and smooth out wrinkles.
Improve heart health
In addition to blasting away wrinkles, vitamin C helps protect against coronary heart disease by reducing free radicals’ ability to damage cell walls. The University Health News Daily also notes that lime contains potassium, which lowers blood pressure by releasing some of the tension held by blood vessels.
The next time you wake up with an unexpected pimple, turn to limes for help. The juice contains citric acid, which is used in skin care products to initiate skin peeling and regrowth. After washing your face with a mild cleanser, squeeze a bit of lime juice into a dish. Dip a cotton swab in the lime juice and apply a small amount of juice directly on the pimple. Allow the juice to sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off completely. When applied every other day, you should see results in a few weeks.
PSA: Be sure to avoid any direct sun exposure while using lime juice on your face. Also, if you have sensitive skin, test the juice on another part of your body before applying on your face.
The citric acid in limes can help those suffering from arthritis. As Meenakshi Nagdeve, director of organicfacts.net, notes, some types of arthritis are caused by a build-up of uric acid. This build-up, which is usually flushed out by the kidneys, causes painful swelling and inflammation in joints. But citric acid is able to dissolve uric acid, thus reducing joint swelling.