The Internet is filled with home remedies, that are promoted as miracle cures for diseases. Most recently I read that lemons heal cancer and limes will cure Diabetes. When these types of claims are made, It is always a good idea, to separate fact from sensationalism.
The American Diabetes association does list lemons and limes as diabetic super foods. The soluble fiber that is found in the pulp, peels and, juice from limes and lemons may help diabetics to better manage their diabetes health.
The soluble fiber in limes may help stabilize blood glucose levels by helping to body to slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Soluble fiber may also help lower blood pressure and reduce LDL, low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also believed, to reduce inflammation of blood vessels. All of this is good news, because Diabetes increases the risk for stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Both lemons and limes are citrus fruit, that are rich in Vitamin C. Limes however have more Vitamin C, than lemons. The Vitamin C in lime and Lemon juice is rich in antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent certain cancers.
Lemons and limes also contain disease-fighting compounds known as limonoids According to Purdue University Animal Sciences, marinating meat in lime an lemon juice prior to grilling, will deter the formation of cancer causing carcinogens on grilled meat.
Limes also contain calcium, natural sugar, citric acid, and phosphorous. Lime juice has been shown to be beneficial for many ailments, including; bleeding gums, improving circulation, cough and colds, fatigue, heart disease, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Lime juice contains Vitamins A, B, C, G and P. Vitamin P is actually flavonoids, which enhance the absorption of Vitamin C. When take together, Vitamins C and P, strengthen capillary walls, and prevent bruising and bleeding They also have antibacterial properties, improve circulation, prevent asthma, allergies an cataracts.
90% of diabetics have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, which is when blood sugar levels are elevated because the body is unable to create or make use of insulin. There is to date, no known cure for diabetes. It is however treatable with insulin injection and medication such as metformin.
Among other home remedies, for Diabetics , Diabetes India, suggests drinking lots of lime juice with all natural hone. I prefer lime juice over lemon juice. Lime has a smoother, less tart flavor than lemon. Sometimes I mix them together for added benefit and a twist on the taste.
If you are Diabetic, please follow carefully the regimen prescribed by your health care provider. And please let him or her know if you desire to try lime juice. Keep in mind that lime juice alone is not a miracle diabetes cure. Also be careful that yu have no allergies.
Even so, based on the endorsement from the American Diabetic Association, and other reputable sources, lime juice along with an already diabetic friendly diet should be very beneficial. Keep in mind that not all natural cures work for everyone. . I can say that adding lime juice along with other changes to my husband’s diet has helped him to maintain blood glucose levels within the normal range.