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10 Nutritious Health Benefits of Sweet Lime

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Whether you are enjoying the pulp while chewing slowly or want to swallow a glass of yellow-green juice, Mosambi can’t get rid of the fatigue caused by sweat. Sweet limes are known for their high vitamin C content, which provides the perfect flavour for many recipes. It is a multi-purpose summer fruit that will instantly refresh you when you squeeze the juice.

Health benefits of sweet lime

What is Sweet lime?

Sweet limes are spherical citrus fruit with finely-textured skins with yellowish-orange in colour. The rind is semi-smooth and similarly pitted. In India, it is typically named mosambi or musambi.

Nutritional Value of Sweet lime

Sweet lime is a low-calorie fruit and high in Vitamin and mineral profile. One sweet lime on average weighs 106 gms. It can provide approx.

  • Energy: 45 calories
  • Protein: 0.8 gms
  • Vitamin C: 53 mg
  • Fats: 0.3 gms
  • Vitamin A: 90.2 mcg
  • Dietary Fibre: 41.64 gms 

Incorporating Citrus limetta fruit peel or its extracts into your diet may help lower blood sugar levels and improve overall glycemic control. The peel of Citrus limetta fruit contains flavonoids called hesperidin and naringin, which might have powerful hypoglycemic effects. These flavonoids are believed to work by regulating glucose metabolism in the liver and improving insulin sensitivity.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Do You Know –

  • Sweet lime is a rich source of vitamin C, providing 50% of the recommended daily intake. source: NCBI
  • Sweet lime juice has high levels of citric acid, which can help prevent the formation of kidney stones. source: NCBI
  • Sweet lime juice can help relieve acidity and promote a healthy digestive system. source: fdc.nal.usda.gov
  • Sweet lime is a natural source of dietary nitrates, which can help lower blood pressure. source: fdc.nal.usda.gov

Health Benefits of Sweet Lime

1. Helps Improve Immunity

Vitamin C and other antioxidants present in sweet lime or its juice can help strengthen immunity. It helps stay away from colds and flu. Stimulate blood circulation and thus strengthen the immune system.

2. Help Improve Digestion

Eating fresh Mosambi can help solve gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and indigestion. This refreshing drink has a unique taste that stimulates the salivary glands to secrete enzymes that help digestion, and it also contains compounds called flavonoids that can increase its content. Bile, certain gastric acid and digestive juices work together to help digestion. It also provides a lot of potassium, which can help relieve diarrhoea.

3. Helps in Dehydration

When you are thirsty and dehydrated, do not drink soda but drink Mosambi juice, because it not only quenches thirst but also contains important minerals and vitamins, which can reduce the occurrence of dehydration and the risks of complications. It should be an option for athletes to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping.

4. Great for Eyes, Skin and Hair

As Musambi is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, this fruit is considered very beneficial for the eyes. Eating fruits can protect the eyes from infection, which is mainly caused by allergies to pollution or foreign objects. Mosambi helps treat dandruff by providing the hair and roots with the moisture and nutrients they need.

When the roots are firm, it can also reduce hair loss and acne and pigmentation used in many creams. Apply the Mosambi juice to the skin and leave it overnight to make the skin radiant. It not only moisturizes but also improves skin tone and lightens skin tone.

5. Aids Weight Loss

Mosambi juice, which is low in fat and calories, is very helpful for weight loss. You can drink a mixture of Mosambi juice and honey to burn off the extra calories.

6. Helps Treat Ulcers

One of the main benefits of Mosambi juice is that it can help treat ulcers. It is a natural acidic substance that will react with the alkalinity of your body and help treat stomach ulcers and reduce stomach acid.

7. Excellent Source of Vitamin C

Sweet limes are an excellent source of vitamin C. Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. This condition is characterized by bleeding, swollen gums, frequent cold and flu outbreaks, mouth ulcers, tongue ulcers, and cracks. Regular consumption of sweet limes can prevent scurvy, and it has been observed that applying sweet lime juice to bleeding gums can reduce bleeding gums.

8. May Protect Bone Health

Mosambi or sweet lemon has high vitamin C content, which can relieve inflammation and swelling, so it plays an important role in the treatment of symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also improves calcium absorption, stimulates bone formation in cells, and promotes overall bone health.

9. Relieves Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea or aversion towards foods can be caused due to various factors including pregnancy, indigestion, hormonal imbalance or poor functioning of the vital organs. You can have sweet lime when you experience nausea and vomiting. The pleasant aroma and taste of the sweet lime can bring down the symptoms instantly.

10. Flushes Out Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are usually hard, small mineral crystal-like deposits that can cause excruciating pain in the lower back and are hard to pass in the urine. According to studies, consuming citrus fruits as a part of a daily diet will decrease the chances of kidney stones. You can eat sweet lime to prevent these painful stones in the kidneys and to flush them out naturally.

11. May help with UTI

Urinary Tract Infection or UTI, is a common complication that especially affects women. UTI, as the name suggests, is a condition that causes discomfort while urinating. Discomfort, pain in the lower abdominal area and difficulty in urinating are all symptoms of UTI. There are several health benefits of sweet lime and the presence of potassium in it helps to combat UTIs and helps to improve the functioning condition of the kidneys and urinary bladder.

Based on my experience, I have observed that the methanolic extract of Citrus limetta peel might have the potential to increase the life span and reduce tumour cell count. The extract may have anti-cancer properties, possibly inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

Also Read: What Is Scurvy? A Deep Dive into the Vitamin C Deficiency Disease

Uses of Sweet lime

Sweet limes can be eaten as a snack, just peel them and enjoy them. You can also use it as a salad, sometimes even in seasoning sauce or chutney. Sweet lime is used as a fruit juice in India, you will always find this juice sold at a street stall. Salt can be added to freshly squeezed juice to enhance the taste.

You can also prepare sweet lime cucumber detox water. Mix both the ingredients and fill it with water and let it infuse for 3 to 4 hours.

From my personal observations, I would recommend rubbing mosambi juice on your lips 2-3 times a day as it may help reduce lip darkness and treat chapped lips. The natural properties of mosambi juice, such as its moisturizing and lightening effects, can help improve the condition of your lips.

Dr. Smita barode, BAMS

How to consume Sweet Lime

Another yummy way to consume and feel the health benefits of sweet lime is to make some Sweet Lime Sherbet! It is the best drink if you want to beat the heat in the scorching summers. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of chilled sweet lime juice
  •  ½ cup of sugar
  •  ½ cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin powder
  • 1 cup of chilled water
  • Some mint leaves for freshness

Procedure:

  • First, combine and mix the lime juice with the lemon juice. Take out the seeds, if any.
  • Add in the sugar and stir till it melts. Then, add the salt and cumin powder.
  • Add the chilled water according to taste.
  • Finally, garnish the drink with some fresh mint leaves.

The health benefits of sweet lime juice include hydrating one’s self during the hot summer months and also providing a good amount of Vitamin C to the body. However, one must not consume large quantities of the beverage as it may lead to nausea and vomiting. Be sure to brush your teeth after consuming this sweet drink as it may result in cavities if unattended to.

Difference between Lemon and Sweet Lime

Both lemon and sweet lime belong to the citrus family of foods and is loaded with vitamin C. The few significant differences between both the varieties are in the way they are used separately in cuisines.

Lemons are large, oval-shaped, yellow-coloured fruits while sweet limes are green and spherical. Lemons are sour to taste but sweet lime juice turns sweeter as they are ripe. Lemons are slightly more acidic in nature and when it comes to health benefits, both are equally good.

Orange and sweet limes on the other hand are two popular fruits. While mousambi provides instant hydration, reduces muscle cramps, oranges are rich in fibre and stimulate digestion. Sweet lime and oranges are a source of natural sugars, improve heart function and keep high blood pressure in check.

Read more about: Top 10 Benefits Of Taking Multivitamin Capsules

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