Lime nutrition is loaded with anti cancer and arthritis substances; the vitamin C and bioflavonoids alone make the fresh juice a must. Add to that the prevention of gum disease and you have a winner. I enjoy it every day in season on my salad.
Hauntingly delicious flavours and better health is a large part of Bernard Preston's focus, firstly as a human being in love with life and secondly as a chiropractor.
Anyone committed to better health knows that eating your greens is vital; but honestly, I've known for years that a bean salad like the one below is really rather dull without lemon juice.
Add all the garlic and special extra virgin olive oil you like, but it just isn't the same without the enhancement of the piquant flavours of citrus.
It is always an exciting moment when you have your first real crop from a fruit tree. It's three and half years since we planted our lime and we have a harvest of over sixty.
They are so ripe that they're falling and so she who must be obeyed is making lime marmalade this morning. It's to die for. Watch for a new blog.
The concentrated lemon juice from the grocery store is simply crap, excuse my French, but it just tastes and is awful. Plus they have to add various nasty chemicals to preserve it.
I'll be honest; despite all the assurances of the food processing industry, I'm afraid of all the chemicals they add to our food; is it just a coincidence that cancer rates are soaring?
There's a simple solution for you if you have a garden; plant a lemon or lime tree; better still both.
You see, the lime fruit is ripe several months before the lemon.
This tree is now three years old, and we're about to enjoy our second crop. I've just counted 65 limes on it and one of the joys of limes and lemons is that they go on flowering; there's a second crop of tiny limes coming on.
So now within a few short months we will have freshly squeezed lime juice on hand in the refrigerator for our salads.
You too could have a lime tree in your garden unless you live in a place like Chicago where I did my chiropractic training; it's cold in the windy city in winter. And blisteringly hot and humid in the summer; it's inhospitable for citrus.
The best climates are several thousand feet above sea level; then there's no humidity. Places like Mexico City and Nairobi and Harare but I'm not sure I'd choose any of them. Hilton in South Africa is just perfect for me and my lime tree.
Now, what's so special about limes? Firstly, surely we have to mention the most amazing scent of the flowers, leaves and fruit. Just the smell of the juice gets my appetite going.
It's lemon and lime juice that makes your greens so palatable; they really bring out the flavour of beans, lettuce and parsley; somewhere sneak in a little cilantro and jalapeno too.
Understanding some of the basics of lime nutrition enables you grasp there is sugar, but also limonin, vitamin C, bioflavonoids and a host of other micronutrients in citrus.
Limonin is the substance in citrus that combined with a sugar molecule gives it its sour taste and is obviously higher in lemons and limes. Once split from the sugar it's very bitter. Despite the fact that we may be averse to the flavour, they have decidedly beneficial properties.
Typically, food companies are planning ways to remove limonin from our citrus; they're hoping that less sour means folk will purchase more of their processed orange juice.
The OJ will be less sour, true, but there's protection in limonin against diseases like multiple sclerosis too. Eighty percent of brain cells are excited normally by glutamate neurotransmitters, but excessive stimulation causes their death.
There are numerous research findings that limonin gives protection against this glutamate toxicity that destroys our brain cells.
Or, to put it differently, a deficiency of limonin allows glutamate levels to rise to toxic levels.
And hence the interest of this chiropractor; perhaps limonin might also be a factor in spinal cord cells that have been overexcited resulting in arm and leg nerve pain.
make sure your kids are exposed to lemon and lime nutrition so that
they too don't develop an aversion to the sour taste of citrus fruit. Interestingly, my grandchildren would rather enjoy a green bean salad with sour lemon or lime than straight from the pot.
It should be in the diet daily; as heart surgeon Dr Lundell recommends, return to the food that your grandmother served. You can be sure she regularly provided fresh lime nutrition or lemon juice on hot days and used it lavishly in her salads.
We enjoy a fruit drink made from our citrus fruit list every morning; it's gratifying watching the Little People tuck in too. It has five fruits, including half a lemon and a lime, and takes only two minutes to halve and press.
Only the pink grapefruit won't grow at this altitude and has to be bought.
50mg of vitamin C per day will prevent scurvy, the disease associated with a frank deficiency. Because it's an antioxidant, working in harmony with limonin giving protection against cancer, optimal recommended levels have now been upped from the old RDA of 60mg to 120mg; we want to do better than simply not get scurvy. Lime nutrition is one good way to do just that.
An average size lime, weighing 70g contains 20mg of vitamin C.
120g is quite a lot; if you were only getting your vitamin C from citrus that would mean about 6 limes per day. But of course many foods contain C, especially the pepper and chili family. It's not unreasonable to suggest each of us enjoy at least one citrus fruit per day in season to prevent cancer, is it? A good dose of lime nutrition to make sure you're not one of the one in eight who will get breast cancer; they call me a fanatic some times. So be it.
As an anti inflammatory, vitamin C has been proved to reduce the pain and inflammation of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, of further importance for you and your chiropractor.
Limes and lemons are known as 'functional foods', preventing disease and promoting health.
Once more, the coloured foods like butternut, broccoli and limes have bioflavonoids which again have been shown to prevent cell division of cells with a cancerous tendency; they reduce so-called 'oxidative stress' by mopping up free radicals. They are also known for their antibiotic effects, helping to protect you against the flu and other bacteria; enjoy your lime nutrition.
The two most common flavonoids in lemon and lime nutrition are hesperidin and eriocitrin; 26 and 17mg respectively. Grapefruit are even higher at 30mg.
Interestingly, plants have these compounds to protect themselves against UV light and aggressive pathogens; by consuming them they pass on these effects to us. Research suggests that they resist acid hydrolysis in the stomach and arrive intact in the small intestine for absorption.
The American Journal of clinical nutrition (May 2004) reports that industrial processing reduces the polyphenol content; in particular they are removed from fruit juices to prevent discoloration and haze formation. They are sensitive to heating.
British sailors were the first to use limes in the prevention of scurvy, a disease that killed millions, and so were called limeys by their enemies. The Brits have been growing limes for at least four hundred years; originally they were probably imported from Holland. Many avenues of lime trees were planted. Mm, I wondering if there's a lime tree that doesn't bear limes.
I'm a limey! Will you join me in enjoying the benefits of lime nutrition? Plant a tree if your climate lends itself. You may have to put them in a pot and bring them indoors in the harsh winter weather.
Actually I prefer a rotating or reaming citrus juice press; they get out more liquid and more important the pulp which is where much of the nutrient is found.
You can buy them on Amazon for around $30. They work equally well with limes and lemons.
For the one lime job I like this press; as I have on my green salad every day. Cleaning the machine for one fruit is too troublesome.
A South African company has this week recalled a large batch of orange juice; apparently workers did not properly clean the equipment of a sterilising compound, a significant amount of which contaminated the juice.
More than half had already been consumed by the unsuspecting public.
In short, if you can prepare a food yourself, such as lime juice, why trust a food company to do it properly? This is certainly no isolated incident. Fresh from your own garden, or the citrus farmer, is much healthier, and safer.
If the kitchen is a place you love, and marmalade on toast a family favourite, then this lime marmalade recipe is definitely for you.
Bernard Preston majored in physics and chemistry, and education, before studying chiropractic. He brings this background to his understanding and use of nutrition in health; lime nutrition is just one of the many health foods that his family enjoys every day.
Understanding the effects of bioflavonoids in lime nutrition is just one small part of his interest.