The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory disorders, enhanced immunity, relief from constipation, as well as prevention from cancer and kidney stones. Lime is also used in the treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care, hair care, and eye care.
What Is Lime?
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia ) is a small, round green color hybrid citrus fruit. Due to its acidic sour juice and unique aroma, the lime fruit is widely used in various cuisines to accent flavor. It is a common ingredient in Mexican, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine. There are several species of citrus fruits which are known as limes. These include Key lime, kaffir lime, wild lime, desert lime, and Persian lime.
This zesty tropical fruit has been well known for its medicinal  properties for ages. Lime finds its application in cosmetic and health products too. Extracted from the lime’s peel or skin, lime essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.
Predominantly known for its ascorbic acid reserves, lime provides 32% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake. It has high water content and a good source of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium as well as vitamins like folate, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
The best thing about lime is that it has the least amount  of calories, carbohydrates, and fats. A single serving (67 g) of lime provides 20 kcal of energy. Moreover, lime peel and pulp are also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, flavonol glycosides like kaempferol, as well as diverse phytochemicals like polyphenols, limonene, and terpenes.
Health Benefits Of Lime
Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of lime:
Prevents Heart Diseases
Soluble fiber and limonin found in lime help  lower blood pressure. This helps cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels, which prevents heart diseases. Also, potassium and magnesium in lime improves blood circulation and boosts heart health.
Lowers Risk of Stroke
Vitamin C in lime juice and lime peels lowers  ischemic stroke risks, especially for women. It also helps slow down the progression of coronary heart diseases like atherosclerosis by decreasing fatty streaks in arteries.
Hesperidin, a flavonoid present in lime, helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body.
Lime scavenges free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Antioxidant-packed phytochemicals like  flavonoids, flavones, triterpenoid, and limonoids in lime have potent cancer-fighting properties. They can stop the growth of various cancer cells preventing colon, breast, prostate, pancreatic, stomach, lungs, kidneys, and blood cancer. It is also capable  of eradicating cancer cells in some cases.
A study  shows that the essential oils found in lime aid in reducing both body weight and food  consumption. Also, the citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner.
A glass of warm water with the juice of an entire lime is an excellent weight reducer. You can consume two glasses of warm water with lime juice a day and see remarkable results within a week.
Lime strengthens the  body’s line of defense and  helps ward off infections and diseases like  malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Also, vitamin C in the citrus fruit helps to battle a cough, cold, and flu and boosts the body’s overall immunity.
Prevents Kidney Stone
The citric acid in fresh or concentrated lime juice helps  remove and prevent kidney stones by increasing urinary citrate and urine volume.
A study showed that consuming lemonade for  nearly four years decrease kidney stone formation from an average of one stone per year down to just 0.13 per year.
Increases Iron Absorption
Vitamin C in lime when paired with foods rich in iron helps  maximize the body’s ability to absorb  iron. Those suffering from iron-deficiency anemia symptoms like dizziness, brittle nails, hair loss, and fatigue should add lime to their diet!
Lime juice which contains healthy acids, helps remove dead cells when applied to the skin. It builds collagen, rejuvenates the skin, and improves overall texture. It also protects the skin from infections as well  as cures rashes, acne, pimples, bruises, and blemishes. Lime fights skin damage caused due to sun, dust, and pollution. Its antioxidant and astringent properties help reduce wrinkles, as well as cure dark spots, skin tan, and open pores.
You can create a refreshing bathing experience by adding lime juice to your bath. It also helps reduce body odor.
Treats Scurvy – Ref
For ages, use of lime is a well-known cure for scurvy, a disease caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C. It is characterized by frequent infections that show as normal cold symptoms, cracked lips, and lip corners.
Prevents Gum Bleeding
Vitamin C and flavonoids in lime inhibit microbial growth, which helps prevent gum bleeding.
Aids in Digestion
Lime has an irresistible aroma which causes your mouth to water and this aids primary digestion (the digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The natural acidity of lime does the rest. While they break down the macromolecules of the food, the flavonoids stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile, and acids. This also stimulates peristaltic motion.
Note: This is the reason behind lemon pickle being consumed along with lunch and dinner in India and various neighboring countries. Also, drinking a glass of warm water with 2 teaspoons of lime juice about 30 minutes before meals helps prevent heartburn or acid reflux symptoms.
The ample amount of acid present in lime helps clean the excretory system. The roughage in lime is also helpful in easing  constipation. An overdose of lime juice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation.
The high levels of soluble fiber found in lime make it an ideal dietary support to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This helps reduce the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a serious risk to diabetic patients. Also, limes and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index, which means they will not cause an unexpected spike in glucose levels. This is the reason why the American Diabetes Association  considers  limes and other citrus fruits a superfood for diabetes.