Lime is a small round citrus fruit that is often confused with lemon. The skin and flesh of the lime fruit are naturally green in colour. The pulp of the lime has an abundant amount of vitamin C, hence helpful in reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also helpful in
preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. The peel of lime contains oil, which has medicinal properties for improving digestion and removing wind. Lime also contains unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and very high antibiotic effects. For that reason, lime has a strong protective effect against cholera. Limonoids,
compounds found in limes, help in fighting cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. They are also effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Although lime may not be what you would choose for an afternoon snack, it is a powerhouse in bringing out the flavour of other foods. A glass of warm water with lime juice and a teaspoonful of honey is an ideal remedy for a cold and dry cough. Just a piece of sliced lime in a glass of drinking water or juice will bring out its various nutrients and medicinal properties. Sprinkling lime juice on freshly cut vegetables and fruits slows down the oxidation process, preventing discolouration. Lime juice can also be used to remove fish and onion odours from your hands, chopping board and knives, as well as to drive away flies.
For the most nutrients, choose fully ripened limes that are firm and heavy. They should have a deep green glossy skin. Place thinly sliced lime underneath and around fish before cooking. The cooking softens the slices so they can be eaten along with the fish. Combine lime juice with olive or flax oil, freshly crushed garlic and pepper to make a light and refreshing salad dressing. Enjoy
your avocado with a squeeze of lime juice.