About Lime Fruit
Lime fruit is a citrus fruit that is oval in shape (diameter 3 to 6 centimeters); the color of this fruit differs from green to yellow. However lime fruit is often confused with lemons, limes are smaller in shape and green when they are ripe, whereas lemons are yellow.
These citrus fruits are grown all around the year and have a sour taste. Limes are often used to flavor food, beverages, desserts and the extracts can be used in perfumes. At first Iraq and Persia produced lime on a large scale, over the years India has turned out to become the biggest producer of lime.
Lime is known to be a very rich source of Vitamin C; a 100g serving has 29mg of Vitamin C, this vitamin is important since it helps to strengthen the immune system of the body.
Lime fruit also has many minerals like Potassium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Magnesium. Each serving of Lime Fruit also provides 11g of carbohydrates which helps to produce energy. It also has 3g of dietary fiber and 0.7g of protein. Each of these nutrients helps the body in different ways and is part of the daily nutrient requirement of the body.
Lime Fruit Health Benefits
Cure for Scurvy
Scurvy is a disease cause by the deficiency of Vitamin C; it leads to cough, cold, ulcers in the tongue and mouth, bleeding gums etc. Since Lime Fruit is known to be rich in Vitamin C, it helps in curing and avoiding scurvy. This use of lime was discovered by British sailors at the time of war and is still used by many people who work in polluted environments like mines.
Many different cosmetic products have lime fruit as an ingredient; this is because the Vitamin C and “Flavonoids” present in lime helps to protect the skin, gives it shine, reduces the amount of body odor and also protects the skin from infections.
The digestive properties of Lime fruit are similar to enzymes. These help to increase the secretion of digestive juices, bile and acid. Hence consumption of lime fruit helps with the digestive function of the body.
Cure for Peptic Ulcer
“Flavonoids” present in Lime fruit have anti oxidant and anti biotic properties, these help in the curing of diseases like Peptic ulcer and Oral ulcers.
Lime fruit is also used in the production of balms, inhalers and vaporizers; “Kaempferol” present in Lime fruit helps to get rid of congestion and nausea.
The anti oxidant properties of Lime fruit also help to protect the eyes. They protect the eyes from rapid aging and “Flavonoid” helps to protect the eyes against infections.
Lime fruits is most commonly used to make lime juice, if this juice is taken with warm water it gives an anti oxidant drink, the citric acid present in Lime is a brilliant fat burner and helps to reduce body weight.
How to enjoy Lime Fruit
There are many ways in which an individual can enjoy Lime fruit, the most common is Lime juice, a refreshing drink that is healthy and has an amazing taste. Lime juice can also be added to low fat yogurt to make a healthy version of lime pie. Lime fruit can also be used for garnishing your food or beverages like iced tea. You could also add it to your salsa to get a tangy salsa!
Health Concerns of Lime Fruit
It has been found that the seeds of citrus fruits which include Lime Fruit are poisonous so it is very important to remove the seeds, never ingest the seeds since they can prove to be fatal. Another problem that can be caused by Lime fruit is swelling or blistering of the skin when the ultraviolet rays of the sun come in contact with lime juice!