The health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved
digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy,
piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary
The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the
reliable lime. This sour citrus fruit can do what many advanced
medicines cannot. Lime, bearing the scientific name Citrus Aurantifolia,
has been used for ages in the treatment of various ailments.
Benefits and Medicinal uses of lime
Scurvy: Lime is very well-known as a cure for scurvy,
the disease which is caused from a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is
characterized by frequent infections that show as normal cold symptoms,
cracked lips and lip corners, ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth. You
can also spot scurvy from spongy, swollen and bleeding gums. Since its
cause is a deficiency of vitamin-C, its remedy is none other than
vitamin-C, and lime is full of this this essential vitamin. In the past,
soldiers and sailors were given lime to keep them safe from scurvy,
which was a horrible and potentially fatal disease back then. Even now,
it is distributed among the workers working in polluted environments
like furnaces, painting shops, heat treatments, cement factories, mines,
and other dangerous work environments to protect them from scurvy.
Skin Care: Lime juice and its natural oils are very
beneficial for skin when consumed orally or applied externally. It
rejuvenates the skin, keeps it shining, protects it from infections and
reduces body odor due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin-C and
Flavonoids. Those are both class-1 anti oxidants, and have antibiotic
and disinfectant properties. When applied externally on skin, its acids
scrub out the dead cells, cures dandruff, rashes, and bruises. It can
also be used to create a refreshing bathing experience if its juice or
oil is mixed into your bathing water.
Digestion: Lime has an irresistible scent which causes
your mouth to water and this actually aids primary digestion (the
digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The
natural acidity in lime does the rest. While they break down of the
macro molecules of the food, the Flavonoids, the compounds found in the
fragrant oils extracted from lime, stimulate the digestive system and
increase secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. This flood of
flavonoids also stimulate the peristaltic motion. This is the reason
behind lemon pickle with lunch and dinner being a traditional practice in India and various neighboring countries in that region.
Constipation: Primarily, the ample amount of acids
present in lime helps clear the excretory system by washing and cleaning
off the tracts, just as some acids are used to clean floors and
toilets. The roughage in lime is also helpful in easing constipation,
but the most beneficial element is the high acidity. An overdose of lime
juice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side
effects, thereby providing relief from constipation.
Peptic Ulcer: In addition to vitamin-C, lime
contains special compounds called Flavonoids (Limonoids such as Limonin
Glucoside) which have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic and
detoxifying properties that stimulate the healing process of peptic and
Respiratory Disorders: The flavonoid-rich oil that
is extracted from limes is extensively used in anti-congestive medicines
such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of
Kaempferol. Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives
immediate relief for congestion and nausea.
Eye Care: Vitamin-C again! Its anti oxidant
properties protect eyes from aging and macular degeneration. On top of
that, flavonoids help protect them from infections.
Gout: There are two main causes of Gout. The first
source is the accumulation of free radicals in the body, and the second
is accumulation of toxins in the body, primarily uric acid. Limes can
help prevent both of these causes. It is a wonderful source of
antioxidants & detoxifiers (vitamin-C & Flavonoids) which reduce
the number of free radicals as well as detoxifying the body.
Gums: The root cause of gum problems is a deficiency
of vitamin-C (Scurvy, which gives bleeding and spongy gums) and
microbial growth. Sometimes, the ulcers come from physical trauma. In
all of these situations, limes can help. Its vitamin-C cures scurvy,
Flavonoids inhibit microbial growth and potassium and Flavonoids help
heal ulcers and wounds.
Piles: Since lime helps heal ulcers and wounds in
the digestive system and excretory system while providing relief from
constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles.
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. You can consume two glasses a day and
see legitimate and remarkable results within a week.
Urinary Disorders: The high potassium content of
limes is very effective in removal of the toxic substances and the
precipitates which get deposited in kidneys and the urinary bladder. The
disinfectant properties of limes also help cure infections in the
urinary system. Furthermore, it stops prostrate growth (very common in
males above 40) and clears blockage of urine that can come from calcium
deposits in the urinary tract.
Other Benefits: It is a good appetizer and
digestive. It helps cure arthritis, rheumatism, prostrate and colon
cancer, cholera, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, fatigue, heart diseases and
even very high fever (contrary to popular belief). The best part of it
is that it has no negative side effects!