Lime. A shrubby citrus tree that produces small pale green fruit. It has been used to treat various ailments for ages. This citrus is said to have originated in Malaysia and was introduced in Northern Africa and Egypt in the 10th century by Arabian traders. Lime was virtually unknown to Europe until the Arabian Moors brought the fruit to Spain several centuries later. It was during the Crusades that lime was extensively cultivated and flourished in Mediterranean Europe. Christopher Columbus brought the fruit to the Caribbean Island and to Mexico.
Lime is one of the most popular citrus in the market today, widely used for both culinary and non-culinary purposes. Its scientific name is citrus aurantofolia and a member of the flowering rutaceae plants. This citrus fruit is sour and highly acidic. The fruit is round to oval in shape about 5cm long and are thin-skinned with a glossy green to yellow color. Their flesh is segmented, each containing hundreds of translucent sacs containing juice. The tree grows to a height of 16 feet and are known to have a productive life of 10 years. There are basically two types of lime, the Mexican and Tahitian. Also called as West Indian lime, the Mexican type is considered as the “true” lime. The Tahitian or Persian type is the lime that is commonly sold in supermarkets. Lime fruit made its way to Florida in the early part of 1900 where it was given the name Key lime.
Lime is one amazing citrus fruit and once you become aware of the wide array of health benefits it can give, you may just want to make it a part of your daily diet. Its rich content of vitamin C helps your body to produce a protein called collagen, which is critical in the creation of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and skin. This citrus contain flavonol glycosides, a unique active compound that has antioxidant, antibiotic and anticancer properties. Its antibiotic properties have been found effective in protecting individuals from contracting cholera and is so much cheaper than antibiotics you buy from the pharmacy. When taken fresh, the biological activity of flavonoid in lime juice effectively holds invasion of cancer cells and inhibits growth of tumor cells. Its rich content of soluble fiber helps you maintain a good sugar level and eliminate the bad cholesterol. It also reduces inflammation of blood vessels, thereby preventing potential heart attacks or strokes.
This superfruit contains different kinds of limonoids, eight kinds to be exact, that promotes the activity of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) which are liver enzymes that detoxifies harmful cancer causing chemicals and rid them off your body through urine. Some of its health benefits include skin care, weight loss, improve digestion, and relieves indigestion. As a medicine, lime is used to treat scurvy, urinary disorders, peptic ulcer, piles, and gout.
For most individuals, lime is safe in food quantity. Also holds true with pregnant and nursing mothers, however, over consumption may have an adverse effect.
Lime fun fact: Concentrated lime juice is so acidic it will dissolve concrete.
Experience a refreshing bath by mixing lime juice or lime oil into your bathing water. Enjoy!
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