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The Power of Lemons and Limes

By on June 29, 2015

The Power of Lemons and Limes

Just the thought of lemons and limes bring to mind the “pucker” face. These sour fruits certainly pack some zing, and their tastes mask some of the stronger vegetable juices. However, these yellow and green ovals also have some pretty amazing powers that make them beneficial in juicing (and eating!).


There are plenty of well known facts about the health benefits of lemons. They are antiviral, antibacterial, and immune boosting. The juice also contains vitamin C, limonene, bioflavonoids, calcium, pectin, potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. They also contain citric acid, which does taste acidic, but actually becomes alkaline in the stomach, and plenty of antioxidants that help fight off bacteria and other sicknesses.

Lemon juice is beneficial for many health issues due to the citric acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants. All of these provide serious benefits in the body, and can help alleviate issues such as asthma, digestive problems, and inflammatory conditions. It is also beneficial in helping to prevent cancer.


Limes are very similar to lemons, and they contain the same nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The fruit also provides cancer protection, and boosts immunity by increasing white blood cell activity. Like lemons, the limolene in limes provides significant antioxidant benefits that help with everything from anti-aging to healthier skin.

Nutrient Absorption

Both limes and lemons provide great health benefits, but they also do more. When you include the juices with other nutrient-rich juices and drinks, they help to increase the amount of nutrients that are readily absorbed by the body. In some cases, this can be as much as five times greater absorption.

Ways of Using Lemons and Limes

Now that you know just how powerful lemons and limes can be, you need to know the best ways of using them. Juicing is a great way to make sure you get as much nutritional benefit as possible. You should try to use the entire lemon when juicing, as long as you aren’t allergic to the peel. This will allow you to get the most out of the white layer between the peel and the fruit, which is where the largest concentration of limonene is found.

You can also squeeze the juice from the fruit if you don’t have a juicer available. Then, you can freeze it in an ice cube tray. This will allow you to get all the benefits from the juice, add flavor to your beverage, and keep it cold while you are drinking it.

Purchasing Lemons and Limes

When purchasing your lemons and limes, there are two major things to take into consideration. First, when you look at the stem, choose fruits that have more lines radiating out from the stem. This indicates that the fruit has a higher mineral content. You should also judge the fruit by its weight – those that feel heavier have more juice, and thus more beneficial nutrients.

Lemons and limes are great sources of vitamins and antioxidants. Adding them to your juicing routine is a great way to get the most nutritional benefit.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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