Limes are citrus fruits quite resembles with lemons but are somewhat smaller in size and have fairly smooth skin. They are generally round or oval in shape and taste bitter, sour and a little chilly. This citrus small fruit contains several health and beauty benefits which are given below:

22 Health and Beauty Secrets of Lime

1.  Eye Health

Lime contain rich amount of vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C protect the eyes from ageing and macular degeneration whereas flavonoids protect them from infections.

2. Enhance Immune System:

The high vitamin C content in limes helps in developing a strong immune system by preventing you from falling ill as a result of viral and bacterial infections.

3. Improve Digestion:

Delicious fragrance of lime increases the secretion of digestive saliva which aids in digestion. The natural acidity helps in breaking down the macro molecules of the food, whereas the flavonoids stimulate the digestive system by increasing the secretion of digestive juices, acids and bile. These flavonoids also stimulate the peristaltic movement. By enhancing digestion, limes relieve you from uncomfortable wind or bloating. Drinking lime juice added to a glass of warm water provides relief against heartburn and indigestion.

4.  Treat Constipation

Lime contains good amounts of acids which clear the excretory system by flushing out toxins from the bowel tracts. The roughage and high acidity in lime help in easing constipation. Lime juice with a pinch of salt is an excellent remedy without any side effects and helps in relieving constipation.

5. Treat Peptic Ulcers

Lime contains vitamin C as well as flavonoids such as Limonin Glucoside which have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic and detoxifying properties that stimulate the healing of oral and peptic ulcers.

6. Fight Against Cancer

The limonoid compounds found in limes are effective in fighting cancers of the mouth, skin, lungs, breast and stomach as well as colorectal cancer. Moreover, limonoids stay in the bloodstream for a longer time, mopping more free radicals and causing cancer cell death. The kaempferol in limes also reduces the uncontrolled cell division which is a characteristic of cancer, thus preventing breast cancer in particular.

7.  Prevents Kidney Stones

Citric acid present in lime is very effective in inhibiting kidney stones made of crystallized calcium. Fresh lime juice squeezed into water is more beneficial to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

8. Prevents Arthritis

Arthritis is caused due to the build-up of excess uric acid in the body. It is one of the waste products that are cleared through normal urination. However, when it builds up in the body, it can worsen the pain and inflammation. The citric acid contained in limes dissolves the uric acid, thus increasing the amounts that are eliminated through urine. Citrus fruits have anti -inflammatory properties that can treat a number of inflammation issues.

9. Prevent Heart Diseases

The soluble fiber in lime can lower blood pressure as well as eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Moreover, soluble fiber can cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels, thus preventing against heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Vitamin C on the other hand protects the body against free radicals which cause cholesterol to build up and line the walls of your arteries. Intake of foods rich in vitamin C makes you less likely to develop heart diseases.

10. Prevents Scurvy

Scurvy is a disease caused by the deficiency of vitamin C and is characterized by bleeding, spongy and swollen gums, ulcers in the mouth and tongue, cracked lip corners and frequent bouts of cold. Scurvy can be cured by eating lots of limes as they are rich in vitamin C and fulfils the deficiency of Vitamin C.

11. Helps in Weight Loss

Limes helps a lot in burning excess fat and reducing cholesterol and contain just 20 calories each which makes them ideal for dieters. Drinking a glass of warm water with lime juice and a spoonful of honey early in the morning will enable you to lose weight.

12.  Benefits for Diabetes

According to the American Diabetic Association, limes are beneficial for diabetic patients due to a number of reasons. The soluble fiber found in limes helps in regulating the absorption of blood sugar into the bloodstream, thus reducing the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are harmful for diabetic patients. Moreover, citrus fruits like lime have a low glycemic index which prevents unexpected spikes in glucose levels.
13. Relief from Piles/Haemorrhoids

Piles or haemorrhoid is an uncomfortable condition that occurs in the anal region resulting in bleeding and discomforts both during excretion and general activity. It is a painful ailment and even lead to certain forms of cancer. Since lime heals ulcers and wounds in the digestive and excretory system, it eradicates all the root causes of piles and help in preventing their recurrence. If you are suffering from piles, you can boil about 10 grams of lime tree roots in 1 liter of water for ½ an hour. Strain and drink this concoction thrice a day for relief.

14. Prevents from Urinary Disorders

Limes have a high content of potassium which is effective in the removal of toxic substances that get deposited in kidneys and the urinary bladder. Due to their disinfectant properties, they help in curing infections in the urinary system. Besides, they stop prostrate growth and prevent blockage of urine caused by calcium deposits in the urinary tract.

15. Relief from Gum Problems

Gum problems are caused due to deficiency of Vitamin C and microbial growth. Vitamin C in limes cures scurvy, potassium and flavonoids help in healing ulcers and wounds.

16. Treat Acne

Juice of sour lime is effective in the treatment of acne. This juice can be directly applied on the skin or consumed. Applying lime juice on acne causes burning sensation so it should be diluted with water. Applying this juice on acne spots can help in lightening the scars over a period of time. Besides, drinking lime juice removes toxins and helps in repairing the cells and tissues, thus improving the efficiency of the body. Lime juice is often used as an ingredient in beauty products meant for reducing acne and acne scars.

17. Treat Eczema

Lime juice has antiseptic value. Lime juice mixed with almond or olive oil is a great remedy for eczema, whether applied externally or used internally.

18. Anti-aging Properties

Lime peels can fight against aging of skin as they contain an inhibitor of melanin production. Melanin is responsible for imparting color to the skin. But due to age and UV ray exposure, excess melanin can build up resulting in the appearance of spots on your skin. Bits of lime peel can be used in facial masks to reduce this hyper pigmentation and age spots.

19. Removes Dead Skin

Lime peels are effective in removing dead skin cells. Citric acid found in limes help in removing the dead cells underneath your skin, thus making your face look more vibrant and clear. This removal of dead skin prevents the sloughed cells from clogging up your pores and helps in reducing the occurrence of acne and blemishes.

20. Treat Oily and greasy skin

Mix half teaspoon of lime juice with one teaspoon of cucumber juice and a half teaspoon of rose water. Apply on the face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with water.

21. Cure dry and rough skin

Take half tablespoon of lime mix with an egg yolk and half tablespoon of olive oil. Spread on the face and leave it for 20-30 minutes or till the skin feels dry. Wash off with fresh water and splash on cold water.

22. Treat Dandruff

To Treat dandruff you can apply a mixture of lime juice, coconut oil and gooseberry (amla) oil on your scalp and leave overnight. This will not only remove dandruff but also give you soft and bright hair.