Lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature.
Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C travels through the body neutralising any free radicals with which it comes into contact in the aqueous environments in the body both inside and outside cells.
Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, and also cause a lot of inflammation, or painful swelling, in the body. Vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Since free radicals can damage blood vessels and can change cholesterol to make it more likely to build up in artery walls, vitamin C can be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.
Source:The Times Of India