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Lime is a citrus fruit and a medium lime weighs about 65 grams, providing 7 lime caasngrams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber.

Average calories: 28 per one medium.

Lime: one medium












Vitamins found in higher amounts: vitamins C, B1, B2, B5 and B6. Lime has less vitamin C compared to lemon.

Minerals found in higher amounts: potassium, copper and calcium.

Phytonutrients found in higher amounts and their health benefits: one of the phytonutrients found in lime is limonene. It has an anti-cancer activity and promotes the glutathione s-transferase (GST) in the liver and intestine. GST is a group of enzymes that detoxify and eliminate carcinogens.

Another phytonutrient in lime is flavonoids that have anti-oxidative, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities.

The peel contains a phytonutrient called “tangeretin”. It is a bioflavonoid with anti-cancer ability and a neuroprotective effect against Parkinson`s disease.

Hesperidin and rutin are the phenolic compounds found in lime. Hesperidin exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It may be beneficial against varicose veins, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Hesperidin has a tranquilizing effect as well. For more information about hesperidin, see "Hesperidin" under the section of "Antioxidants".

Rutin is a flavonoid found in buckwheat, asparagus, mulberry, lemon, grapefruit and orange as well. Rutin belongs to quercetin family and studies have shown that it demonstrates anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet aggregation, and blood-thinning effects. Rutin also has the ability to strengthen the walls of the vessels, making it effective in varicose veins and hemorrhoids. For more information about rutin, see "Rutin" under the section of "Antioxidants".

Lime is acidic by nature due to a high quantity of citric acid. However, it makes the body alkaline. Research shows that cancer cells cannot grow in an alkaline environment. Moreover, when the body is alkaline, endurance level in sports will hike, making lime a good choice to increase endurance.