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Are Limes Bad For You?



Short answer

Lime are not bad for you. In fact, they are actually the complete opposite.



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Long answer

Get your pucker face ready! We all know that sour tang of limes (and lemons), that on their own can make them hard to get down. But limes are a crusader for good health, and when used in drinks and cooking, are an easy way to keep yourself feeling fantastic.

Like their other citrus counterparts, limes are a great source of vitamin C. Just 1/4 cup of lime juice has 30% of your recommended daily intake. This helps keep your immune system in fighting form, which in turn helps protect your body against infections and illnesses. The vitamin C also clears free radicals from your body, thereby reducing inflammation and the likelihood that you will get inflammation-based diseases. Because of this, it is an excellent way to keep the pain from arthritis at bay!

On top of arthritis, limes have been shown to lower the incidence and severity of symptoms from sickle cell anemia, including a reduction in debilitating joint pain. The antioxidants present in limes help reduce the build-up of plaque on artery walls, and the acids help clear the excretory system, particularly aiding constipation.

However, the citric acid can also have some detrimental effects. When consumed in large quantities over time, citric acid can erode the enamel on your teeth, leaving them sensitive and in pain. Left untreated, this erosion can affect the nerves in your teeth and you may require a root canal.

However as long as you are enjoying limes in moderation, the good far outweighs the bad.

Possible long-term side effects

  • erosion of tooth enamel

Ingredients to be aware of


  • strengthens immune system
  • prevents and treats scurvy
  • prevents infections
  • aids constipation
  • reduces symptoms of sickle cell anemia and arthritis
  • reduces arterial plaque build-up
  • prevents cholera

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Organic Lime Juice

  • 100% Pure Juice
  • USDA Organic Certified
  • Non-GMO
  • No Added Preservatives
  • Convenient 16 oz size
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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 02-11-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 02-11-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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