Lime: Properties and Benefits

The lime, is a citrus fruit of Rutaceae family, its scientific name is Citrus aurantifolia; lime, when mature, has a slightly oval shape with a yellowish green color.
Its pulp, which do not contains seeds, tastes quite acid while its skin is thin and rich in essential oils.

The lime tree can reach a height of 5 meters, has oval leaves, pointed at one end and rounded at the base; its flowers are white.

About its origin, there are still different opinions, but the most common hypothesis is that they believe the files is a hybrid resulting from the union between the lemon and citron.
Lime: Properties and benefits
The lime is composed of 88 % water, the other substances are divided into carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, sugars and ash.

The minerals present are: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium , potassium (present in large quantities), iron, zinc, copper, selenium and manganese.
With regard to the vitamins in the lime are present vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin J.

Among the amino acids we have lysine, methionine and tryptophan.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Lime

Being rich in vitamin C, the lime has antioxidant properties and its intake helps to strengthen the immune system of our body. Not only that, vitamin C is also useful to the sight as it slows eye cell aging.

The presence of antioxidants in lime counteracts the activity of free radicals in our body by protecting the cells from premature aging and the body from heart-related problems.

The presence of citric acid in the lime has the dual properties of facilitate digestion and help the body to dissolve fats; for this reason the lime is a good ally in slimming treatments.

The lime also has anti-inflammatory properties, the intake of lime juice is beneficial in case of asthma attacks, arthritis and sore throat. For a sore throat in particular are very effective gargle with lime juice, twice a day, one in the morning and one at night.

Some studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported the beneficial effects that the limonina, a limonoid located in the seeds of orange and lemon, would on some types of cancer, inducing cell death.
Lime Curiosity
In past centuries the lime, thanks to its content of vitamin C, was the only remedy for scurvy for sailors who were facing long periods at sea.

In favorable conditions the plant of lime produces fruits all year.

The English word "lime" has Arabic origins.

A slice of lime inserted into the neck of a beer bottle maintains the fresh and refreshing taste.

From the peel of lime is obtained an essential oil with aromatic properties much appreciated; for this reason the essential oil of lime is used in the cosmetic industry for the preparation of soaps, perfumes and creams for skin care. For these reasons, the lime is grown mainly for the extraction of essential oil from its peel.

The substances contained in the limes have the ability to keep your skin fresh and healthy, protecting it from infection.

Thanks to its sour taste, the lime can be used in cooking as a substitute for lemon; the lime is often used in oriental cuisine along with the curry.

The lime is very used in the confectionery industry as a flavoring for sweets and chewing gum.

Cocktail with Lime
The lime is well known not only for its properties but because it is an ingredient of many alcoholic cocktails such as Margarita, the Caipirinha, the Cuba libre, the Black Widow, the Mojito, the Caribbean Cocktail, the Capiroska, the Cosmopolitan, The Blue Margarita, Tequila Cocktail and many others.
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