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Health Benefits of Lime

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, good digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders, etc.

The first fruit that comes to our minds when it comes to medicinal uses is perhaps the good old lime. This sour citrus fruit can do what many specialist medicines cannot. Lime, bearing the scientific name Citrus Aurantifolia, is being used for ages for treatment of various ailments.

Lime is consumed throughout the world in sorbets, beverages, refreshing drinks, pickles, jams, jellies, snacks, candies, sugar boiled confectionaries and culinary and the oil extracted from its peel or skin is extensively used in soft drink concentrates, body oils, cosmetics, hair oils, tooth pastes, toilet and beauty soaps, disinfectants, mouth washes, deodorants and innumerable other products. There are many varieties of lime found all over the world, particularly in the tropical and the Mediterranean climates.

Let us have a glance over the benefits and medicinal uses of lime.



by on Jul. 25, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Fresh lemons and limes.
Fresh lemons and limes.

Protect your eyes: Vitamin C was found to protect the cornea in eyes against ultraviolet B radiation, produced by the sun.5

Reduce inflammation: lime juice and vitamin C has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.6

If you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout or other inflammatory conditions, consider ingesting lime and other citrus juices more regularly!

Manage diabetes: Used in conjunction with metaformin, vitamin C supplements help diabetes sufferers manage their blood sugar levels.7

The best way to increase vitamin C is to have a healthy diet with vegetables and fruits with high levels of this vitamin, such as limes.

by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Prevent bacteria in cooked foods with lime juice

Because of lime juice's high acidity, it can neutralize some dangerous bacteria, found in foods which have been stored incorrectly.

One study showed that lime juice added to foods strongly protects against cholera, especially when the dishes were stored without a refrigerator.8

Add lime juice to meals that sit outside a fridge for long time to protect against bacteria, such as at barbecues and pot luck dinners.

It is highly unlikely you'll be fighting golden staph, malaria and cholera in your own home. However, these studies clearly show that lime juice has a powerful and healthy effect on our immune systems and to kill bacteria.

Lime juice in history

Reference to 'lime juice' being prescribed to sailors, date back to the 1700s, are found in the journals of ships' doctors treating scurvy. 'Lime juice', or fresh citrus fruits and juices were found to be the most successful at treating this disease.

The earlier references to 'lime juice', however often meant a juice or cordial made from lemons.9

by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Patented lime juice?

A concentrated cordial, made without alcohol from West Indian limes, Rose's Lime Juice was patented by Lauchlan Rose in 1867 in Britain. This was immediately prescribed to sailors to prevent scurvy by the 1867 Merchant Shipping Act.9

Because of its success and enforced use in the navy, British sailors were often called 'limey'. The term since evolved into a derogatory nickname for a British person.

You can still buy this brand today in many parts of the world.

How to use lime juice in the kitchen

  • Squeeze half a lime into a glass of water, or add sliced limes to a jug of iced water.
  • Use as a mixer for home-made cocktails and mocktails, such as mojitos and dacquiris.
  • Make sweetened lime juice cordial or limeade - perfect for summer!
  • Make fresh lime curd or lime marmalade.
  • Make lime desserts - lime jelly, key lime pie, or lime sorbet.
  • Add to Mexican or Thai dishes when cooking for a fresh taste.
  • Marinate meat, pour over grilled chicken breasts or fish, to make them tender and juicy.
  • Use lime juice to make a tangy salad dressing with various herbs, sesame seeds and olive oil.

Other healthy lime juice applications

Dandruff: wet scalp with lime juice, and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with water to reduce or eliminate dandruff.

Odor control: Boil cut limes and lime juice for a fresh scent.

Rust: Sprinkle salt on the rust and squeeze lime juice on the salt until it is soaked. Leave for a few hours, then scrub the rust away.

Skin mask for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of lime juice with 1 teaspoon of rosewater and 1 tablespoon of pureed cucumber. Apply to skin, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.

Scrub for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of ground oats and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds to make a rough paste. Scrub face and rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.

Preserved lime juice - used often in meals.
Preserved lime juice - used often in meals.

Storing lime juice

Freshly squeezed lime juice keeps in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly sealed container.

You can store the freshly squeezed juice longer by freezing it in ice-block containers. When frozen, place the lime juice cubes in a strongly sealed freezer bag.

Alternatively, processed lime juice is available, and will keep in the fridge for a month. It is also typically higher in vitamin C.


by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM


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by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Losing weight with vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon

Losing weight with a diet of vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon
by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Lemons and Limes: Natural Weight-Loss Food


Probably the most tart of fruits, lemons and limes are rarely eaten alone. But their tart juice adds life to everything from salads to pies. This gives them carte blanche to fight fat by perking up all the fresh, low-calorie foods in your new weight-loss plan.

Health Benefits

Anyone learning to appreciate the flavors of whole, processed foods should keep a lemon or lime handy. Squeeze on lemon or lime juice, add a few herbs, and you can perk up most any dish. Neither juice adds any appreciable calories, just pizzazz, plus a bit of nutrition, too.

Both lemons and limes exude vitamin C, the antioxidant that helps fight heart disease, inflammation, and cancer. Moreover, lemons and limes contain phytochemicals, such as terpenes and limonenes, that may play a role in preventing some cancers.

Selection and Storage

Look for firm, unblemished fruit that's heavy for its size -- an indicator of juiciness. Thin-skinned fruit yield the most juice. Refrigerated, they keep for a month or two. Lemons will even keep for a week or two at room temperature, but limes must be refrigerated. Lemon varieties vary mostly in their skin thickness, juiciness, and number of seeds. The key lime -- of pie fame -- is more flavorful than other lime varieties because of its greater acidity. Key limes are small and round; other varieties look more like green lemons. Limes typically turn yellowish as they ripen. The greenest limes have the best flavor.

Preparation and Serving Tips

To get more juice from a lemon or lime, bring it to room temperature, then roll it back and forth under the palm of your hand before you cut and squeeze it. The most flavorful part of the fruit is its "zest," or skin. Scrape it off with a grater, knife, or zester, and use it to enhance desserts and fruit salads. A twist of lemon adds zing to fish and to bean dishes, drastically reducing the amount of salt typically used to flavor beans.

Lemons and limes are the kings of citrus fruit. One of the most refreshing drinks on a hot summer day is chilled mineral water with a splash of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.


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