The #vitaminC in lemon juice (and lime juice) is a powerful #antioxidant. It travels through the body neutralizing any free #radicals with which it comes into contact. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, causing damage to the cell. Depending on the cell, the results can be inflammation or disease. Vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing the inflammation caused by #arthritis. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, lemon juice has been long used as an antiscorbutic (to fight scurvy), an astringent, a diuretic (faor water loss) and a febrifuge (to lower fevers). • Lemon juice in hot water has long been taken as a daily laxative and preventative (hot lemon water is offered at the best spas). • Lemon juice and honey is used by some as a cold remedy. • Some people feel it prevents the common cold, although Vitamin C in pill form may be the better way to go, as daily doses of straight lemon juice can erode teeth enamel.