Every time we think of limes, we can’t help but also remember pies. But these fruits are great not only for making these sweet treats. They are, in general, healthy for you.
Limes can prevent cholera.
Cholera is a potentially deadly disease that is obtained from food and water contaminated by the bacteria. In 2010 in Haiti, thousands of people died from the epidemic following the massive earthquake.
Lime, however, has shown a strong potential to prevent the spread of the disease by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. In a research conducted by A. Sandstrom, A. Rodrigues, P. Aaby, et al, the bacteria can contaminate rice, but if one adds a sauce enriched with lime juice to it, the risk of getting cholera decreases. At different concentrations, lime juice can also stop the growth of V. cholerae.
West African villages that are usually affected by a cholera epidemic add the fruit extract for prevention.
Lime juice may protect the body from cancer cells.
The cells in your body undergo a cycle of birth and death. Death is very important to get rid of diseased cells and rejuvenate your body. However, there are times when the DNAs are altered and that instead of dying, they multiply and spread. This is what happens when a person develops cancer.
Limes, like lemons, though, tend to have the ability to alter the cellular cycle, including apoptosis (cellular death). By doing this, it can stop the growth and development of cancer cells.
Lime can protect your body from chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is your body’s natural response when it’s under attack. For example, if you have allergies, your antibodies try to get rid of the allergen by releasing histamines. Histamines, on the other hand, cause rashes and swelling.
However, inflammation can become chronic, and that’s certainly not a good thing since it can cause damage to vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, and liver. It also leads to conditions such as arthritis and hypertension.
Lime contains at least 31% of the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C. This vitamin neutralizes the effects of free radicals, which are responsible for increasing chronic inflammation.