Health Benefits of Lychee

Native to China, lychee is a typical tropical fruit growing on a slow-growing evergreen tree which can reach a height up to 40-50 feet. The obvious appearance of a lychee fruit is that layer of reddish coarse shell. The skin of a ripened fruit can be easily to peel out and the white translucent juicy flesh is many people’s favorite snack. Like most fruits, lychee can also bring us great benefits for our health.

The calories contained in each lychee fruit is approximately 66 per 100 grams, which is similar to grapes. It contains no saturated fat or cholesterol which can be a good choice for patients suffering from high levels of blood fat. On the other hand, it contains abundant dietary fiber, vitamins and antioxidants which are good for our health. It is reported that lychee fruits also contain a lot of low molecular weight polyphenols which have strong antioxidant and anti-virus functionality. In addition, it is helpful to promote the blood circulation in the body and protect the skin from ultraviolet damages.

As with citrus fruits, lychee is also a good source of vitamin c. Each 100 grams of fresh Litchi can provide 71.5 mg vitamin c which is the 119% of the daily recommendation amount for the human body. Scientific studies also confirm that eating fruits rich in vitamin c can provide the body with substances against free radical damages and infection. In addition, lychee fruits is a good source of folic acid and other b-complex vitamins. These vitamins can facilitate the body to metabolizing on carbohydrates, proteins, fats and other essential nutrients. Moreover, the minerals contained in lychee such as potassium and copper can maintain the health of hearts and are important components for the formation of cells and body fluids. They can also lower the risk of stroke and chronic heart diseases.

Image provided By Peggy Greb, USDA ARS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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