Lychee in scientific terms is referred to as Litchi Chinesis. Although believed to be native to China, the fruit is commonly grown in most subtropical regions throughout the world. Not to mention Lychee’s popularity in the Southeast Asian regions.
All that aside, this small red tropical fruit is known for its sweet juicy flavor. The lychee season typically arrives mid-summer. That is when you will find its lovers eating it with nearly all food item possible. From ice-creams to wine to jelly, there is no one way you could enjoy Lychee. But more importantly, when eaten alone in a healthy amount, you can yield innumerable benefits for your body.
That being said let us look into four health benefits of Lychees.
1)Helps in digestion
Just half a dozen of lychee is enough to provide you with the majority of your daily fiber requirement. Like with the case with most fruits and vegetables, the fiber content present is necessary for digestive health. It aids bowel movement and speeds up the process of food digestion. Which really means that it takes lesser for the food to pass from the small intestine. What is more important to know is that a lack of fiber can cause constipation. Additionally, lychee is also beneficial for stimulating the secretion of digestive juices for maximum absorption.
To cut the long story short, one foremost reason for consuming this fruit is its advantage in the digestion process.
2)Lychee boosts immunity
It would be unfair to discuss lychees and not talk about the number of vitamins that are present. One of the most vital health benefits yielded is the ability of the fruit to boost immunity. The property arriving from a considerable portion of Vitamin C that is found. One of the rather fascinating things to note is that 100g of Lychee will fulfill your daily requirement of Vitamin C. The vitamin has antioxidant properties and stimulates the activity of white blood cells. Your white blood cells produce antibodies that make up the body’s defensive mechanism.
3)Recommended for patients with high blood pressure
The treasure chest of lychee doesn’t seem to close! The fruit is largely helpful in maintaining fluid balance which is important for smooth metabolic functioning as well as preventing hypertension. A look at the nutritional chart shows lychees to be high in potassium and low in sodium. Potassium is perhaps one of the best natural vasodilator known in the world of nutrition. It decreases the constriction of blood vessels subsequently overcoming the high blood pressure problem.
4)May fight cancer
Studies have been put into place to find any possible link between eating lychees and lower chances of cancer. Thankfully to our cause, research findings have revealed a positive relationship between the two. A study by scientists associated with the Sichuan University in China found that the lychee pericarp is loaded with a polyphenolic compound that exhibits antioxidant activity. The more vital point to consider is that the compound at the same time has the potential to fight cancer.
The study was validated by oncologists around the world. However, we should wait for more comprehensive research in the future to arrive at a solid conclusion. Till then, suffice to say that including lychee in your daily diet may do you a lot good.