Benefits of lemons and limes

Health benefits of lemon vs lime?

Health benefits of lemon vs lime?

QUESTION: I ran out of lemons. Can I use limes?


Yes, you can. I have compared the nutritional benefits of lemons and limes and they do not differ all that much. I think it really comes down to personal taste preference and experience.

What are some of the similarities of lemons and limes?

  • Both are excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin A, folic acid, flavonoids, antioxidants and potassium.

  • Both lemons and limes contain many flavonoid compounds that have anti-cancer properties.

  • Both contain compounds called limonoids, potent anti-carcinogens that are believed to help prevent the spread of cancer, according to scientists from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service.

  • Both lemons and limes have an alkalizing effect in the body to help neutralize excess acid wastes that cause cellular damage and inflammation.

  • Both have amazing qualities that are similar to our digestive juices. Thus, they are both effective for optimal digestion and elimination.

  • Both have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. For example, the anti-viral properties of both the lemon and the lime can help fight cold, flu and even cholera infections.

  • Both are potent detoxifiers in the body, cleansing the blood, the liver, and all bodily tissues.

What are some of the differences of lemons and limes?

  • Lemons are scientifically known as Citrus limon and limes are Citrus aurantifolia.

  • Lemons are yellow and limes are green (both skin and flesh)

  • Lemons are larger (2 to 3 inches in diameter) than limes (1 to 2 inches in diameter)

  • Lemons are sour and limes can be bitter or sweet

  • Lemons are oval in shape and limes can be round or oval

  • Lemons contain nearly twice the amount of vitamin C than limes, 53mg to 29 mg per 100g of lemon/lime

  • Lemons also contain slightly more potassium and folic acid than limes

  • Limes contain over twice the amount of vitamin A than lemons

In summary, lemons and limes appear to be quite similar nutritionally, with lemon water having a slight edge in benefits.

In addition, according to Jethro Kloss, author of the timeless book Back to Eden, “Lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices.” Lime juice is not quite the same as lemon juice, but still beneficial.

I have tried drinking both lemon water and lime water, and I much prefer lemon water for the taste and the superior digestive benefits I get with lemon water.

However, as with all foods, what works best for one person may not be the best for another.

Bottom line, drinking lemon water or lime water will provide numerous nutritional and health benefits.

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Nov 19, 2017
Great Information
by: Vivian

I drink lemon water a couple of days a week. I started doing this after a bout with kidney stones. The lemon helps break up and prevent the stones from forming, meaning I do not have to go through the painful process of passing them.

In warmer months, I make lemonade with ice. In the winter I just heat it up a little. It is a refreshing change and anything that helps prevent kidney stones is alright by me.

Apr 30, 2017
Difference between lime and lemon
by: Travis Ly

Thanks for your good information. It is very useful.

Aug 31, 2016
Lemons vs limes
by: Beryl

Thank you for this very informative information. I have been drinking lemon water about 2 yrs now after my doctor suggested it to keep down kidney stones. I recently started drinking lime water and this was exactly what I wanted to know, the difference. I will continue drinking lemon water and sometimes changing to the lime water. Its very refreshing especially first thing in the morning.

Jul 21, 2016
Lemon and lime water
by: Rick

Just started drinking warm lemon and lime water a couple of weeks ago in the morning and I like it better than coffee and can feel the benefits of it and highly recommend it...

Jun 28, 2016
Taste matters
by: Loretta

Gotten used to have my Roiboos tea with lime instead of lemon. Simply delicious!

Nov 09, 2015
great information
by: Anonymous

Thank you. I enjoyed reading and I learn something from you. Again, thank you!

Oct 13, 2015
lemons and limes
by: Anonymous

Great information. Thanks

Mar 08, 2015
Drink both lemon and lime water
by: Anonymous

Great information. I drink both lemon and lime water (warm) and sometimes combine both. As long as I get the health benefits.

Feb 24, 2015
by: Anonymous

I'm allergic to lemons but still want to get the benefits of drinking lemon water---I'm so happy to have an alternative that I can use!

Feb 10, 2015
by: Andy

I have been wondering about this for years with no 'solid' answer. This is exactly what I've been wanting to know! Thank you for this share...

Feb 06, 2015
Nutritional benefits of lemons verses limes
by: Danelle

This was exactly what I was looking for because I've discovered I prefer lime water to lemon water. Knowing that lemons have an edge over limes I may just combine them in my water.
Thank you!

Nov 05, 2014
Now I know
by: Linderlinder

This was the best and most straight forward info on the net yet. I asked a question and got an answer that made sense. Thank you so much!

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