Boost your immunity with limes

Limes are sour, round, and bright green citrus fruits.

Limes are very nutritional fruits - they may help boost immunity, reduce heart disease risk factors, prevent kidney stones, aid iron absorption, and promote healthy skin.

Just one lime contains 19.5 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 20-25% of your recommended daily value. 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. It also contains an abundance of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and vitamins A, E and K, all of which are necessary for good health.

The citric acid in limes can help those suffering from some cases of arthritis 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.

There's also one type of anemia tha is caused by an iron deficiency that reduces the amount of hemoglobin in red blood cells, the substance that allows the cells to carry oxygen around the body. But a lime’s vitamin C boosts the body’s ability to absorb iron, increasing hemoglobin and alleviating the symptoms of anemia.

Limes contain the soluble fiber pectin, which slows digestion. By slowing down digestion, the body is able to take its time absorbing carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar from spiking.

Eating lime fruit or drinking lime juice provides a variety of health benefits. You might be surprised by the many unique ways that limes can be used to benefit your health.