This small, green citrus fruit is a staple of Asian cuisine and is used mainly for its juice, although lime zest and leaves are also used in cooking. It has a stronger, more bitter taste than lemon. The juice can be squeezed into coctails or sprinkled opver finished dishes to enhance their flavour. Widely used for both culinary and non-culinary purposes, it is among the most popular citrus juices available on the market today. Once you are aware of the health benefits that lime juice offers, you may want to find a way to get it in your diet.
• Vitamin C
Drinking lime juice helps to meet the body’s daily requirement for vitamin C. Lime is a very well-known as a cure for scurvy, the disease which is caused from a deficency of vitamin C. You can spot scurvy from spongy, swollen and bleeding gums, cracked lips and lip corners, ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth. Since its cause is a deficiency of vitamin C, its remedy is none other than vitamin C, and lime is full of this vitamin. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is needed for the growth and repair of tissues, as well as the repair and maintenance of our bones and teeth.
Limes contain eight different kinds liminoids, which are compounds that promote the activity of an enzyme in the liver called glutathione-S-transferase or GST. This liver enzyme detoxifies a variety of cancer-causing chemicals. The high potassium content of limes is very effective in removal of the toxic substances which get deposited in kidneys and the urinary bladder. The disinfectant properties of limes also help cure infections in the urinary system.
• Heart disease
That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Furthermore, soluble fiber can cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels, which is a known preventive measure against heart diseases, heart attacks and strokes.
• Weight loss
A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice in it is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner.