Lime is a citric juice that is round in shape and contains citric acid to a certain level that is not harmful to human health as many people may think.
Lime is greenish or yellowish-green in colour and has a bitter taste in the juice where most of the nutrients such as calories, carbohydrates, sugar, dietary fibre, some minerals and vitamins are contained.
All these nutritional contents have lots of advantages to human health in different which are highlighted as follows:
1. Helps in Disease Prevention
Some nutrients such as antioxidants, flavonol glycosides, kaempferol, and vitamin C in lime fruit make them medicinal to treat certain diseases and reduce the risks of contracting them.
Also, these nutrients can also help in reducing the risk of getting infections by providing the immune system with the energy it needs to defend itself against such, and also help in minimizing the effect of the ones in the body have already.
The chances of getting infections are much during the cold season, which is why lime is recommended especially in such times to help fight infections and certain diseases.
2)Enhances for Weight Loss
Citric acid presence in lime fruit plays an essential role in weight reduction. It also acts as an alkalizing agent in the body that helps to reduce the level of acid in the body fluid.
There are many compounds and nutrients in lime that contributes to weight loss, such as flavonoids which is an antioxidant that helps in improving collagen on the skin, which helps in burning of fats.
It is rich in acid content, such as citric acid which helps in improving the metabolism processes in the body leading to weight loss by burning more fats.
3) Helps to Treat Scurvy
Lime is used in treating scurvy which is a deficiency that arises from lack of vitamin C in the body. Studies show that there is 48% of vitamin C content in one lime fruit and with this when taken adequately, can treat scurvy.
But in order to avoid developing sore or tooth decay which could be caused by the acidic content of lime, it is recommended to be well diluted with water before taking it.
4)Acts as an Antioxidant
Lime juice and oil contain antioxidants and exhibit the properties disinfectants and antibiotics such that when applied directly to the external parts of the body helps to clear skin diseases and wipe dead cells. These antibiotics can treat peptic ulcer as well.
The vitamin C in lime is the ascorbic acid which naturally acts as an antioxidant in the body, preventing any form of oxidation processes (free radicals) in the body which could lead to damages of the body cells and organs.
5)Acts as a Diuretic
Intake of lemon juice in combination with water or other fluid can increase the amount of fluid in the body system thereby enhancing urine production in order to flush dirt from the body and reduce urine supersaturation.
It contains antioxidants known as bioflavonoids in a high quantity, its function in the body is to make sure that the agents that cause free radicals are eliminated through waste – Urine.
Therefore, adequate intake of lime juice or water will help in detoxifying the system especially when its consumed on an empty stomach.
6)Helps in Diabetes Management
Lime fruits are known to manage diabetes just like other citrus fruits can do. This is so because of the presence of soluble fibre in the pulp, peels and juice of lime which helps to stabilize the blood glucose level.
They also have a low glycemic index which regulates the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream and helps in reducing the chances of raising the blood sugar levels.
7) Helps in Digestion
The content of acid in limes helps to maintain proper digestion by breaking the macromolecules in food easily while the flavonoid in the oil stimulates the digestive system and increase the secretion of digestive juice thereby reducing constipation.
But it is not advised to be taken much during pregnancy as it can lead to health conditions like indigestion, cramps and is as a result of their weak immune system.
For those who suffer from acid reflux which results from indigestion, it is recommended to dilute 2 teaspoons of lime in a warm water, take it 30 mins before a meal as it can help stop the symptoms.
8)Helps in Iron Absorption
There are so many fruits/food which inhibits the absorption of iron in the body or even stop the body from utilizing its iron content which can lead to weakness, heart failure and other related health conditions.
The vitamin C in lime is known as the Ascorbic acid helps in the absorption of nonheme iron (from plants) in the body but is most effective when it is taken together with the iron-rich food for easy digestion.
9)Treat Kidney Stone
Lime water is good for the kidneys, it helps in keeping it healthy as it can also prevent the risk of developing a kidney stone.
But for those who already have kidney issues, the intake has to be in moderation or supervised by your doctor as it can destabilize the body’s electrolyte, causing an imbalance which the kidney may not be able to maintain.
This is because of the content of lime, just like other citrus fruits contains potassium in a high amount which could lead to the imbalance of potassium and sodium in the body.
10)Improves the Skin
Collagen is one of the vital protein which is commonly found on the skin, and functions to help build muscles, as well burn fat, it also aids in preventing ageing thereby it is used in many cosmetic products as it can remove wrinkles, smoothen and rejuvenate the skin.
Lime is one of the fruits which can help in achieving a better-looking skin, it contains an antioxidant known as flavonoids which works to make the collagen on the skin improved in both firmness and elasticity as such reduces wrinkles and makes the skin firm.
It also contains vitamin C which also contributes a lot to improve the skin and is used in many topical health products and cosmetics.The best way to gain these nutrients is by consumption, drinking of lime water or juice.
It is advised NOT to apply the content on the body to avoid effects of LIME BURN like rashes, itchiness, phytophotodermatitis and others when exposed to the sun.
11) Promotes Heart Health
Lime naturally contains minerals like potassium and magnesium which helps in improving the heart and reducing the chances of being at risk of heart attack and stroke.
Magnesium helps in the heart and nerve muscles coordination, it helps in regulating the heartbeat, its deficiency as well can cause irregular heartbeats. While Potassium helps in enhancing blood circulation and also help to lower the pressure on the blood.
Limonins is also a compound which is believed to be in lime and helps to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the body which is good for the heart as well.