17 Impressive Lime Benefits

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care and eye care.

Lime, bearing the scientific name Citrus aurantifolia, has been well known for its medicinal properties and uses in the treatment of various ailments for ages. Due to its unique flavor, the lime fruit is widely consumed all over the world and has various culinary and non-culinary uses. It is also used in the preparation of various cosmetic and health products. Extracted from the lime’s peel or skin, lime essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.

Lime Nutrition Facts

Lime consists of water and is an extremely good source of vitamin C. It is also rich in dietary fiber and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorous. The best thing about lime is that it has the least amount of calories, carbohydrates, and fats. Moreover, lime peel and pulp are also rich in diverse phytochemicals like polyphenols and terpenes.

Health Benefits of Lime

Limes can do a lot more for our skin and overall health than just adding a refreshing zest to any drink, cleansing our body, and boosting immunity. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits they offer.

Treats Scurvy

Use of lime is a well-known cure for scurvy, a disease caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C. It is characterized by frequent infections that show as normal cold symptoms, cracked lips and lip corners, and ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth. You can also diagnose scurvy if you see spongy, swollen, and bleeding gums.

In the past, soldiers and sailors were given lime to keep them safe from scurvy, which was a horrible and potentially fatal disease back then. Even now, it is distributed among the workers in polluted environments like furnaces, painting shops, heat treatments, cement factories, mines, and among other vocations which have dangerous work environments to protect them from scurvy. A moderate intake of natural vitamin C can easily be sourced from limes and can keep you away from scurvy.

Skin Care

Lime juice can be consumed orally and used in topical applications. It rejuvenates the skin and protects it from infections. It also helps reduce body odor due to the presence of high amounts of vitamin C and flavonoids in it. Both lime juice and lime essential oil are high in antioxidants and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties. When applied externally on the skin, its acids scrub out dead cells and cure dandruff, rashes, and bruises. It can also be used to create a refreshing bathing experience if its juice or oil is mixed in your bath.

Aids in Digestion

Lime has an irresistible aroma which causes your mouth to water and this aids primary digestion (the digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The natural acidity in lime does the rest. While they break down the macromolecules of the food, the flavonoids, the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime, stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile, and acids. This flood of flavonoids also stimulates peristaltic motion. This is the reason behind lemon pickle being consumed along with lunch and dinner in India and various neighboring countries.

Weight Loss

A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner. You can consume two glasses of warm water with lime juice a day and see remarkable results within a week.

Relieves Constipation

Primarily, the ample amount of acid present in lime helps clear the excretory system by washing and cleaning the tracts, just as some acids are used to clean floors and toilets. The roughage in lime is also helpful in easing constipation. An overdose of lime juice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation.

Manages Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, limes and other citrus fruits are considered a superfood for diabetes for a number of reasons. Mainly, high levels of soluble fiber found in limes make it an ideal dietary support to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, reducing the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a serious risk to diabetic patients. Also, limes and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index, which means they will not cause an unexpected spike in glucose levels.

Prevents Heart Diseases

That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). Furthermore, soluble fiber can cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels, which is a known preventative measure against heart diseases, heart attacks, and strokes.

Heals Peptic Ulcer

In addition to vitamin C, lime contains special compounds called flavonoids (limonoids such as limonin glucoside) which have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic, and detoxifying properties that stimulate the healing process of peptic and oral ulcers.

Treats Respiratory Disorders

The flavonoid-rich oil that is extracted from limes is extensively used in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of kaempferol. Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief from congestion and nausea.

Treats Arthritis

One of the many causes of arthritis is an excess build-up of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is one of the waste products that normal urination clears out of the body, but unfortunately, when too much of it builds up, it can make the pain and inflammation from arthritis even worse. The citric acid found in limes is a solvent in which uric acid can dissolve, increasing the amounts that are eliminated in the urine. Citrus fruits, in general, have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for a number of inflammatory issues.

Eye Care

Vitamin-C again! Its antioxidant properties protect eyes from aging and macular degeneration. On top of that, flavonoids help protect them from infections.

Cures Fever

If someone is suffering from a fever, limes or lime juice can be of great importance. Citrus fruits, in general, have fever-reducing qualities because of vitamin C found in high concentrations in them, which naturally lowers the temperature of the body.

Treats Gout

There are two main causes of gout. The first source is the accumulation of free radicals in the body, and the second is an accumulation of toxins in the body, primarily uric acid. Limes can help prevent both of these causes. It is a wonderful source of antioxidants & detoxifiers (vitamin C and flavonoids) which reduce the number of free radicals as well as detoxify the body.

limePrevents Gum Bleeding

The root cause of gum problems is a deficiency of vitamin C (a condition called scurvy, which results in bleeding and spongy gums) and microbial growth. Sometimes, the ulcers come from physical trauma. In all of these situations, limes can help. The vitamin C in it cures scurvy, the flavonoids inhibit microbial growth, and potassium heals ulcers and wounds.

Treats Piles

Since lime helps heal ulcers and wounds in the digestive and excretory system while providing relief from constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles. Piles are a different term for hemorrhoids, an uncomfortable condition that occurs in the anal region, and can result in bleeding and discomfort during excretion. It can also lead to certain forms of cancer, and limes can help prevent their formation or recurrence.

Defends against Cholera

Cholera is a dangerous and deadly disease and limes and other citrus fruits can help defend against this fatal condition. The lime juice, when added to infected water, works effectively as a disinfectant. Numerous studies were done on this application of lime juice, particularly following the horrible outbreak of cholera in Guinea-Bissau in 1994.

Treats Urinary Disorders

The high potassium content in limes is very effective in the removal of toxic substances and the precipitates deposited in kidneys and the urinary bladder. The disinfectant properties of lime also help cure infections in the urinary system. Furthermore, it stops prostrate growth (very common in males above 40) and clears blockage of urine caused due to the buildup of calcium in the urinary tract.

Other Benefits: Lime is a good appetizer and helps in digestion. It can help to cure rheumatism, prostate and colon cancer, cholera, arteriosclerosis, and fatigue.

Uses of Limes

Limes have many surprising medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic uses. Below are some of them.

Culinary Uses – Lime helps enhance the taste of any regular food. When pan-fried white fish is garnished with thinly sliced lime, it makes the dish more delicious. Lime juice adds a tart flavor to soups, salads, vegetables, and also baked foods. Squeezing some lime on roasted chicken can add a tangy taste to it. It is also widely used in the preparation of desserts, pickles, jams, jellies, snacks, and candies.

Cleansing Agent – It can easily increase the cleansing properties of any facial cleanser or shampoo by merely adding 2-3 drops of it. Diffusing lime essential oil can cleanse the air and elevate your mood.

Aromatherapy & Perfumes – Lime essential oil is used in aromatherapy and perfumes for its fragrance and its stimulating effect on the body and mind.

Beverages – Lime is the most favorite ingredient when it comes to cocktails, sorbets, and fresh beverages.

Cosmetic Products – Lime is a fragrant component and works best on our skin. It is thus used as a fixative in cosmetic products like body oil, hair oil, toothpaste, beauty soap, disinfectant, mouthwash, and deodorant.

Medicinal Uses – Because of limes’ antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant properties, the peel, oil, and juice of the fruit have medicinal uses. It is also used in making anti-congestive medicines and to treat severe diarrhea.

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When you think of natural sicknesses (unlike AIDS, veneral diseases, etc. caused by mankind) you will realize that the plants of the earth provide the best defence. Look at the benefits of lime, ginger, tumeric, cloves, neem, pepper, etc. And these are just a few.

Then we have herbs like thyme, corriander, jeera, parsley, etc. to make our food taste better.

I think that mankind does not have to rely on drugs, which are primarily derived from plants. For instance, the simple aspirin is derived from the bark of white willows (hope I got it right.) And do we need to kill the poor animals to survive and be healthy - we can get enough proteins from, say, soybeans.

My conclusion is that GOD has provided for us. There is a Supreme Being who has provided us with all we need to survive.

Let us prepare our meals with the ingredients GOD gave us, and sickness will go away. It is a simplistic approach, I agree.

Boil lime leaves for a few minutes and it is a wonderful drink. Mix lemon juice in water and add a bit of sugar: excellent.

Dhanyavaad, and thank you

1) How beneficial is lime to the Kidneys? Since I saw no comment or nothing on kidneys?
2) What is the exact amount of lime can one consume in a day.
3) Can a Herpatitis B positive pacient use lime? If yes how? And what are the benefits?

This is how I use my lime, I cut 1 or 2 lime fruits into very little pieces add small and Blend everything together (seed, skin etc.) . I sieve it, warm the jews and DRINK.

Is this practise proper? Good? Correct? Please tell me

Pls help the world as usual God greatly bless you

I have many good effects of lime intake just as mentioned above tho I am not ill. For example I was used to having dry mouth indigestion but since I start taking lime juice my saliva secretion has increased and my food digestion improved as well. I implore everyone to try it. The way I take it is by mixing the juice in warm glass of water and drinking it first thing in the morning or last thing before bed time. Its sure good

Godswill Obinna

Can someone assist in this question posted above. Can someone with heart related problem take lime water every morning

please , how can I use lime for the other health benefits aside weight loss cos am already slim and don't want to lose weight instead I want to gain weight more weight.

Eat lots of bananas and dates

I'm with you on that.. Just don't consume too much. I would drink just half squeezed lemon or lime in a glass of warm water. The other half use the next day or squeeze on your salad or fish. For gaining weight.. That's tough make sure and eat at least 3 meals and snack in between with fruits and healthy fats. It's a full time job managing your diet even for us slimmies. Good luck!

In stead of squeezing, freeze them. Take one out of the freezer and grate off what you want, including the skin, and return what is left to the freezer. The skin on these fruits are also packed with nutrients

Limes are great for avoiding cancer & heart disease plus a good detox, twice a month I buy 3 or 4 limes, squeeze out the juce & down it straight & this keeps me feeling great, but always remember to brush your teeth straight after or the lime juice will erode your teeth .

i went shopping earlier i got some limes for my dad , im thinking i should have one they seem very heatlhy to eat i need some for my gums i have a infected tooth thats going to be extracted in a few days im already taking antibiotics i hope the lime helps too

Try putting clove powder on the gums at lest twice a day. About 7 years ago, the dentist wanted to pull 3 teeth. I started using the clove powder and I still have the teeth. It also helps with tooth pain

I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in July 2015. Had complete Thyroid removed and it's been rough because your Thyroid controls so many hormones and metabolism in your body + it absorbs and metabolizes iodine. I have absolutely craved salt and lemons! Then grapefruit. Now I'm still craving salt, lemons but limes have taken over! I've even been using the lime "beer salt" on limes...I peel and eat them like oranges. And have been using the lime salt plain as well as adding it to my Cokes and other soft drinks. Cancer comes with so many problems that affect your whole body, but honestly I've started to feel better with many of my symptoms over the past 2 weeks with just eating limes lol and salt! I found this article this morning and had no idea how beneficial limes and lemons could be and I'm a nurse as well...... So thank you for this information, it's awesome!

you can add apricot seed and grapeseed extract to your supplement. That will keep the cancer at bay. also reishi mushroom.

i really like all the comments about lime. i will add that i learned to prepare citrus detox- lime, lemon, grapes and 21 herbs and spices from a lebanease. since then, i turned a size 16 to 12. and helped over 1000 people with it . feel free.

Hi Loreta, would you be wiling to share your citrus detox recipe - I too am struggling to lose weight. thanks in advance

Lime tastes very good in water.

Asian inspired peanut noodles

1-2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp soy sauce (tamari if gluten-free)
1-2 tbsp sriracha (1 is enough for me:O)
dash- teaspoon of sesame oil
splash of water if necessary
mix it well
then mix in cooked rice noodles
and boiled carrots and/or boiled zucchini and/or boiled broccoli (optional) on the side

If I could, I'd eat it every night. yums! it's so tasty;D.

Even though it has high acidity, it's considered an alkaline food for our body.

I drink hot black tea with lime and sugar every day. It is a delicious drink that keeps me young and beautiful.

Lime is way lot cheaper and although it has less vitamin C,
it contains similar content of nutrients as lemon. Unlike the sour taste of
lemon, lime has a bitter- sweet taste which for me makes the best citrus juice.
I use it in marinating meat, and since it’s a lot cheaper, I can be generous
with the quantity. Go easy when using lime though… its high acidity can
dissolve concrete. Nice article.

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I recently discover the usefulness of lemons and for the past three weeks I have being drinking it daily for weight lose and to balance the acid level in my body. But at times I would drink it cold not knowing that I could have benefited more by drinking it warm. I truly enjoyed reading your article and I love the diagram that reinforce the benefits.

Damian Earle

I put a link to this page from an article about a meal which uses dried limes, I hope this is ok with you 🙂

cushla murphy

does lime juice have the same effect on p h as lemon juice does

Pretty much! Lime is very alkalizing for the body.

Im so madly in love with lime... I make raw ginger mixed with lime hot drink or my most fav is lipton tea with lime... The lime taste is POWER lol!

Lime with lipton is just the bomb

Jennifer Malina

That's what I'm having now! yumm~~ 🙂

Truly lemon is very beneficial for health. I would like to add one more point that lemon is very good remedy for asthma also. People who are suffering from asthma can consume lemon, that cleans mucus out of your body and provides great relief from asthma.

I would also like to add that cutting out dairy and wheat helps out IMMENSELY with RESPIRATORY problems, i.e asthma, for all people suffering with these conditions at the moment. I used to have chronic painful sinusitis every couple of months, and ever since I've been dairy and gluten-free, been almost 3 years now, i haven't had sinusitis at all!!! Not even once!!!

I do take lime and coffe for breakfast. Is it harmful?

If your coffee has milk in it then DO NOT put in lime.

Thomas Cleveland

coffee is is highly acidic and lime has an alkaline effect so I guess it balances..ha

Sounds deadly! Jk. I am sure it is just fine :-).

Is it good to have lemon as a whole? I mean with peel n all.cauz I love lemon peelS. plus also tell me if it is safe to have lemon leafs.they taste excellent

Citrus pith is a rich source of bioflavenoids. I eat Meyer lemons from my tree out of hand, peel and all.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello, One can have lemon in many forms. Lemon juice, lemon zest are good and rich in flavor. The other part of lemon may taste a bit bitter but one can have those in pickled forms. Kaffir lime leaves are used in cooking Thai cuisine and they taste good as well.

Is it good to add sugar lime

Do limes gives you heartburn

I don't have heartburn and I drink 2-3 limes a day, however I would advise drinking 2 at a time w/o sufficient water and sweetener from honey or something.


I am request permission to use some of your articles in my book the history of food to help this and the next generation to live healthier lives.

I wish to take the lime but im afraid it will reduce my size because im already slim. can any one help. how can I take it and maintain my weight

You can eat with honey.

i eat limes all the time I didn't know that they were so good for you I eat lemons to every day I squeeze them in water because it cleans the system.

If i were to juice a lime for skincare, how long will it take until it becomes unusable or inappropriate to use and turn harmful? And are there some stuff that can't be added with lime?

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