Ancient Romans believed that lemons and limes had incredibly effective antidotal properties that counteract poisons.
1 serving size of 1 medium lemon contains:
Carbohydrate: 5.4 grams
Potassium: 80 milligrams
Vitamin C: 52%
1 serving size of 1 medium lime contains:
Carbohydrate: 7 grams
Vitamin C: 33%
The health benefits of lemons and limes include:
– the ability to prevent scurvy
– the ability to block cancers
– antioxidant action
The juice of lemons and limes has long been used as a gargle to soothe sore throats and ease coughs. It has also been used as a cure for hiccups and makes for an excellent ‘morning drink’ when mixed with warm/hot water and a little honey.
In the old sea-faring days sailors were known as ‘limeys’ as they were required to drink and eat lemons and limes as a means to prevent ‘scurvy’; a vitamin C deficiency disease common to seamen who went without fresh vegetables and fruit in their diets.
Vitamin C gives lemon and limes their antioxidant powers, which inhibits and blocks cancer. It is believed by scientists that antioxidants ward off damaging changes in the structural of cells that lead to accelerated aging and cancer.
The oil of lemons and limes has been found to kill off germs and fungi, and helps to promote seating, which is why they are excellent for breaking fevers.
There is a small amount of pectin fibre in both lemons and limes which is a natural blood cholesterol lowering agent.