Limes are citrus fruits that are sour, round, and bright green. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients abound in these nutritional powerhouses. Limes include the Key lime ‘Citrus aurantifolia’, Persian lime ‘Citrus latifolia’, desert lime ‘Citrus glauca’, and makrut lime ‘Citrus glauca’ ‘Citrus hystrix’.
Each of these species has its distinct traits. The Key lime, for example, is smaller, acidic, and fragrant than the more prevalent Persian lime. Limes are high in nutrients, which may help you increase your immunity, lower your risk of heart disease, prevent kidney stones, improve iron absorption, and promote healthy skin.
Riboflavin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium are all found in modest amounts in limes. Lime juice has a lot of health benefits which include.
- Kidney stones
Kidney stones are tiny mineral crystals in the kidneys that are difficult to pass. They can form inside your kidneys if your urine is extremely concentrated or if you have a lot of stone-forming minerals in your urine, such as calcium.
Citrus fruits, such as limes, are high in citric acid, which can help avoid kidney stones by increasing citrate levels in the urine and binding stone-forming minerals. According to research, people who take more citrus fruits had a lower incidence of kidney stones.
2. Reduce the risk of some cancers.
Cancer is a condition in which cells grow abnormally. Citrus fruits contain chemicals related to a reduced risk of some malignancies. Flavonoids, which serve as antioxidants, may be particularly useful in preventing the expression of genes that promote cancer progression.
Citrus fruits have been shown in test tubes to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells in the colon, throat, pancreas, breast, bone marrow, lymphomas, and other organs.
3. It has the potential to improve immunity
Limes are high in vitamin C, a nutrient that may aid in the immune system’s improvement. Vitamin C aids in the development of white blood cells, which aid in the protection of the body against infection and sickness. Vitamin C supplementation reduced the length and intensity of colds in humans.
Vitamin C may also hasten the healing of wounds by lowering inflammation and promoting collagen formation. Collagen is a protein that contributes to wound healing. Apart from vitamin C, limes are high in antioxidants, which aid to improve your immune system by protecting cells from free radical damage.
Eating limes or drinking lime juice can help with immunity, heart disease risk factors, kidney stone prevention, iron absorption, and skin health.
“Note: If you’re allergic to citrus fruits, stay away from limes. Still, limes are a healthy and versatile supplement to a balanced diet for the majority of individuals, so consider incorporating them into your recipes to reap their good health benefits”.
Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer/November 6, 2021