Sweet lime or mosambi is a popular tropical fruit, available in all seasons. This sweet and sour tasting fruit looks more like a lime for appearance and is mostly consumed in the form of juice than as a whole fruit.
Sweet lime juice is refreshing, serves as an energy drink and acts as a natural coolant to the body by providing varied health benefits including prevention of stroke, hydrating the body, helping in motion sickness and also by improving the joint health, besides several beauty benefits.
If you are looking for a low-calorie fruit -sweet lime is the right choice with less than 43 calories in one serving of fruit, filled up with fibre, vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium and copper.
Top Health Benefits
The abundance of flavonoids in sweet lime stimulates the secretion of digestive juice, acids and bile’s that are beneficial in improving the digestion, bowel movements and neutralize the acid secretions which aids in flushing out of the toxins. Sweet lime is the best choice of fruit when you suffer from diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.
Deficiency of Vitamin C leads to scurvy characterized by swollen gums, frequent attacks of cold and flu, and ulcers in mouth and tongue. Sweet lime is potential in stopping bleeding gums, applying sweet lime juice mixed with black salt helps in healing the bleeding gums. Halitosis (bad breath) can be treated by sipping sweet lime juice or by chewing the sweet lime grind.
Boosts Immune System
The presence of flavonoids limonin glucoside possesses strong anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties. It helps in combating infections, treating ulcer and wounds, improves blood circulation and boost the immune system and fights cancer cell formation.
The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties of sweet lime make it an ideal choice of fruit for many beauty care therapies that improves the hair and skin health. The richness of vitamins in sweet lime strengthens the hair and treats dandruff and split ends.
The dense nutrients and rich aroma present in sweet lime makes it an important ingredient in several skincare products. It is helpful in treating dry skin, improving skin tone and glow, acts as a natural moisturizer and promotes healing.
The mild bleaching agent in sweet lime is effective in clearing out pigmentation, acne, blemishes providing a radiant and glowing skin.
The abundance of vitamins and minerals make sweet lime juice a healthier alternative to carbonated drinks in satiating your thirst and hydrating your body. It is extremely beneficial for athletes as it energizes the body, reduces the risk of dehydration and muscle cramps. It is also significant in treating people suffering from sun-stroke.
Good For Bone Health
The high content of Vitamin C in mosambi or sweet lime helps in alleviating inflammation and swelling and hence play a pivotal role in treating symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also enhances calcium absorption, stimulates the cell to build bone and promote overall bone health.
Sweet lime juice being a powerhouse of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating and preventing various eye infections and ailments like cataract and glaucoma.
Attenuates Gout and Urinary Disorder
Having a higher concentration of potassium, sweet lime juice is extremely beneficial in cleansing the kidneys and reducing the risk of urinary bladder infections. And being high in antioxidants, it scavenges free radicals and flushes out uric acid from the body and thereby treating gout.
A Natural Astringent:
If you are getting ready for a party and want an instant glow on your face, try this Sweet Lime Face Scrub. Easy to make, this scrub works as a natural astringent, opens pores making the skin look youthful.
Sweet Lime Face Scrub
1 small sweet lime
2 tsp honey
½ cup water
In a bowl, squeeze out the juice from the sweet lime, carefully disposing off all the seeds.
Add honey and water and mix all components thoroughly, to obtain a homogenous blend.
Gently rub this liquid scrub on your face and neck in circular motions, for five minutes.
Wash off with lukewarm water, dry with a soft towel and apply a moisturizing cream.
How It Works:
The citrus juice content in sweet lime acts as a bleaching agent, lightening dark spots in areas such as the chin and behind the neck. Moreover, sweet lime juice is also a mild astringent which effectively removes acne and blackheads, cleansing the pores and refreshing skin. The treacly sweetener honey is also an excellent skincare element. It abounds in antioxidants that eliminate harmful free radicals from the face and is a natural emollient, tenderly hydrating skin. Use this sweet lime face scrub once a week for that invigorating and radiating glow.