Lime, whose scientific name is Citrus aurantifolia, has been used for hundreds of years to treat various ailments and diseases. Lime is consumed worldwide in the form of ice cream, cold or hot drink, cocktail, as pickled, in jams and jellies, in the preparation of sweets, snacks, and general cuisine.
Its great properties include weight loss, skincare, improves digestion, relieves constipation, takes care of the eyes, is an effective treatment for scurvy, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, urinary disorders, etc.
The oil that is contained in its shell is used in non-alcoholic beverages, body oils, soaps, disinfectants, mouthwashes, deodorants, and other innumerable products.
Properties of Lime
Lime is a fruit that comes from the lemon tree (Citrus limetta), which is found in Southeast Asia. Of characteristic aroma, the lime is similar to a lemon but yellowish-green. In fact, it was called the “sweet lemon. “
Among its properties are:
- Properties Antiseptic and alkalizing.
- Normalizes excess hydrochloric acid in the stomach (guilty of heartburn and ulcers).
- It contains few carbohydrates which makes it ideal for diabetics and overweight people.
- It provides vitamins, minerals, fiber and a high amount of water.
Health Benefits of Lime
- Improves digestion: Its powerful aroma helps digestion, as it stimulates the production of gastric juices.
- Prevents dehydration: Thanks to its contribution to water, vitamins and minerals.
- Suitable for diabetics: Citrus fruits, in general, are considered very suitable foods for diabetes due to their low glycemic and carbohydrate index.
- Take care of the skin: Both the oil applied to the skin and the juice consumed orally rejuvenate the skin. In addition, they protect it from infections and help keep it bright. Lime acid applied directly to the skin cures dandruff, stinging and removes dead cells.
- Relieves colds and respiratory problems: Lime oil is rich in flavonoids so it is used to decongest the airways.
- It helps to lose weight: This is due to its low caloric value and high water content that eliminates toxins and fights fluid retention.
- Protects against infections due to its vitamin C content.
- Fight constipation: The acids present in this fruit clean the excretory system. Lime juice with salt is sometimes used as a cleanser.
- Heart disease: soluble fiber can reduce lower blood pressure and also eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol.
- Peptic ulcer: Lime contains special compounds called flavonoids that have antioxidant and detoxifying properties that stimulate the healing process of ailments such as a peptic ulcer.
- Cures Scurvy: Lime is very well known as a cure for scurvy, a disease that is caused by vitamin-C deficiency.