Lime belongs to the group of citrus fruits. It finds an important place in our daily meals as a valuable adjunct. It enhances the health and is regarded a highly valued fruit.
Lime has various types which differ in color, size and shape. Lime is broadly classified into sweet and acid limes. Acid limes have the medicinal property in them and so find importance in our regular meals.
Limes are acidic in nature and serve as rich source of vitamin C, citric acid, sugar, certain minerals like calcium and phosphorus. The content of Vitamin C is more in lime than in lemon. It finds its importance for its acidic sour juice which is preferred for ingestion along with water. It is also an additive with salads for imparting tart flavor and in retention of the normal color of fruits.
Medicinal and importance in indigenous medicine :
Fresh lime juice possess medicinal property which is well known from ancient ages in India. It is also called as sacred fruit in the Vedas. Sharangdhara and Charaka. The latter two famous physicians of ancient India had used the lime juice for alleviating orthopedic aliments therapeutically.
The vitamin C as a primary component of the lime juice increases the resistance of individuals to several diseases, helpsin wound healing and increases the health of eyes. It improves the maintenance of good dentition and keeps away toothache, dental caries, swollen gums, fragility of bones and bleeding of the gums
Lime is vital in the treatment of gastric disorders like indigestion, constipation and peptic ulcer. It stops the occurrence of indigestion, burning in the chest due to high acidity in the stomach, abrupt bilious vomiting and excessive accumulation of saliva in the mouth.
Lime juice with a pinch of soda bicarb mixed in water improves indigestion and gastric upset due to severe acidity after heavy rich/ spicy meals. It can also be used as carminative in indigestion and sedation is produced by release of carbonic acid and gas. In chronic constipation by promoting biliary secretion from the liver, it improves intestinal motility
The acidic juice of lime facilitates the lipid and alcohol absorption and neutralizes excessive bile produced by the liver. The juice reduces gastric acidity by counteracting with the effects of greasy food. It is, therefore, useful in the treatment of peptic ulcers.
Acidic juice of the fruit acts as curative for tonsillitis. Oral ingestion of lime juice mixed with salt in water provides relief from burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis
It is also a recommended therapy in weight reduction and in obesity. During mornings at empty stomach, lime juice with honey in lukewarm water to be ingested for 2-3 months for effective weight reduction. Of course, low calorie diet is also a must along with this.