You would never pass lime fruit in the market again after reading this rejuvenated discovery of the healing powers of lime juice. Lime as most people already know belong to the citrus family; a little, green fruit with a juicy pulp related to lemon. It can be found in almost all Nigeria’s foodstuff markets – sold by fruits and herbs vendors.
Lime juice is sour to the taste due to its high acidity and it is advised to look for the completely ripe and bright green ones as those have the greatest anti-oxidant benefits. Thorough studies have shown that lime can kill bacteria and has powerful effects on our immune systems and overall health condition.
Below are the benefits of limes that should make you find ways to inculcate the fruit into your diet.
Amazing Healing Power of Lime
1. Great for Your Skin
Lime has a disinfectant effect on the skin when applied externally (in bathing water) or consumed orally. This is partly attributed to the high content of Vitamin C and flavonoids found in lime which not only protect the skin from infection, rejuvenate the skin, reduce body odour and keeps it smooth and supple.When applied externally on your skin, its acids rub out the dead cells, heals rashes, bruises, and dandruff.
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2. Help Digestion
As you probably already know, citrus juices have been shown to decrease gastric inflammation and eliminate harmful bacteria, again thanks to the great content of Vitamin C. Add this juice to your meals to protect against gastric illnesses and improve your digestion. This fruit goes extremely well in Thai and Mexican dishes, emphasizing flavor with a refreshing taste, and can be used to marinade fish, poultry, and chicken meat.
3. Prevent and Treat Common Cold
Vitamin C has been proven in many studies to be crucial in preventing and treating cold and flu. By consuming a lime juice you will increase Vitamin C intake and get rid of seasonal cold or flu. In summer, ginger and honey can be added to a glass of fresh lime juice to boost your immune system and calm a sore throat. Find more natural remedies for a sore throat.
4. Prevent and Reduce Inflammation
This fruit has been shown to have great anti-inflammatory effects due to its great content of Vitamin C. So if you suffer from sciatic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, gout, arthritis, or some other inflammatory condition, consider using this citrus fruit more regularly.
5. Manage Diabetes
Vitamin C supplement, in conjunction with metformin, helps people who suffer from diabetes to manage their blood sugar levels. Therefore, in order to increase vitamin C in your well-balanced diet consume more fruits and vegetables with high levels of this vitamin.
6. Prevent Heart Disease
Limes contain soluble fiber that can lower blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Moreover, the soluble fiber can ease inflammation of the blood vessels that is a proven preventative measure against heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease.
7. Support Weight Loss
Besides using lemon water, drinking a glass of warm lime water is another refreshing alternative to achieve an excellent weight reduction. The citric acid present in this fruit is an exceptional fat burner. You can drink 2 glasses of warm water with lime per day and notice the remarkable results within 2 weeks.
8. Support Eye Health
The high Vitamin C content in limes can help protect the cornea in your eyes against UV-B radiation that is produced by the sun. With regular consumption of fresh lime juice, you will protect your eyes and improve your vision.
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9. Prevent Bacteria in Cooked Foods
Due to their high acidity, limes can neutralize harmful bacteria that is found in food that has been stored incorrectly. Experts found that the juice added to food strongly protects against many terrible diseases. Hence, you can add some fresh lime juice to your dishes that sit outside a refrigerator for a long time in order to protect against bacteria. Though it’s highly unlikely you will be fighting cholera, staphylococcus, and malaria in your own ‘clean’ home – still, studies clearly show that this fruit can kill bacteria and has powerful effects on our immune systems and overall health condition.
10. Improve Treatment of Malaria
In combination with malaria medication, this fruit can significantly improve both the speed and effectiveness of treatments. Plus, it cannot cause any side effects. Link.