Lime is a citrus fruit. There are several species of citrus trees whose fruits are called limes, including the Key lime, Persian lime, kaffir lime
, and desert lime
. Lime Uses
is used for severe diarrhea (dysentery).
Some people apply lime oil directly to the skin to kill germs, treat nausea, and as a stimulant.
In cosmetics, lime oil is used as a fragrance component and as a “fixative.”
Limes are a good source of vitamin C
, and are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. They are grown year-round and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons.Health Benefits of Lime:
These citrus gems contain calcium and folate
, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium
and over five micrograms of folate
Lime peels can combat aging skin.
The peels of citrus fruits contain an inhibitor of melanin production. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and deposit itself as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyperpigmentation. Limes are anti-carcinogenic
. The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, scientists have observed that antioxidant limonoids also cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate.
Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones
. Fresh or from concentrate, lime juice contains more citric acid than orange
juice. Citric acid is a natural inhibitor of kidney stones made of crystallized calcium.
Limes may lower cholesterol. The primary flavonoid found in the limes, known as hesperidin, has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in animals fed a high-cholesterol diet.
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