* A nutritious fruit
* It has a sweet flavor
Although it is native to southern China, Mexico is also a producer of fruit and currently, this exotic fruit is produced in several states of the Mexican Republic, including Sinaloa, Tabasco, Veracruz, and Huasteca Potosina.
The Lichis “Lychees” is a tropical tree that gives a unique fruit similar in appearance to the strawberry but with a different flavor.
This fruit is fresh, has a very sweet taste and is very easy to eat, you just have to remove the peel until only the pulse has a gelatinous consistency and ready to enjoy this bittersweet delight that provides vitamins and minerals such as potassium and vitamin c.
The 10 Incredible Benefits for the Health of the Fruit “Lichi”
Lychees are often enjoyed fresh; remove the waterfall and then remove the aril-the fleshy part around the seed-and eat it. However, they can also be found dry or in recipes, especially ice cream and desserts.
If you can get some fresh lychees (whose season is between May and June in the northern hemisphere), you will probably be enchanted by the taste and texture (which is somewhat similar to grapes).
According to Lychis Online, 91% of people who try to ripen and properly harvest the lychee fruit have a successful experience.1 In China, where lychees are especially popular, the fruit, whether round, oval or heart-shaped, is considered a symbol of romance and love
The lychees contain an impressive range of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. According to Lychis Online, the fruit has more vitamin C than the same amount of oranges or lemons, a significant amount of potassium and as much fiber as an apple (with the peel)
- Flavonoids that Combat Disease
The flavonoids-antioxidant compounds found in certain fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices-are known for their role in helping to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The lychees contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, kaempferol that benefits the heart and fights cancer, and more.
- Antioxidant Protection
Antioxidants are the natural way to provide your cells with an adequate defense against the attack of reactive oxygen species (ROS) or against free radicals. If you do not have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help eliminate free radicals, then you could be at risk of oxidative stress, which causes accelerated tissues and organ damage.
Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of antioxidants and the role they play in maintaining good health and reducing the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Antioxidants also help to slow down the aging process, which can have huge effects on skin health. Lychees are rich in antioxidant vitamin C, with a recommended daily amount of more than 100% vitamin C in a cup.
- Cardiac Health
Flavonoids, fiber and antioxidants in lychees can support heart health. In addition, in animal studies5 Oligonol derived from lychee fruit has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels. Elevated levels of nitric oxide in the blood can open clogged blood vessels and lower blood pressure. However, it should be noted that Oligonol is a mixture of antioxidants from lychee skin and other sources (such as green tea), but it is not naturally present in lychee fruit.6
- Regulation of the Blood
The nutrients in the lychee, including magnesium, copper, iron, vitamin C, manganese and folic acid, are necessary for the circulation and creation of blood.
Lychees have the highest concentration of polyphenols in all fruits.7 Among them is routine, a bioflavonoid known to strengthen blood vessels. For this reason, they are often used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids, as well as bruises. In fact, a deficiency of bioflavonoids may allow blood vessels to break more easily, which is why if you are prone to bruising , you would probably benefit from consuming more routine.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
The flavanol-rich extract of lychee fruit (FRLFE), which comes mainly from lychee fruit, has potent anti-inflammatory benefits. It has been found that FRLFe suppresses inflammation and tissue damage caused by high-intensity training and, researchers believe it could even be used to treat inflammatory diseases.8
- Vitamin C
One of the most important nutrients in lychee fruit is vitamin C. Vitamin C has many functions in the human body, which act as an essential cofactor in enzymatic reactions. In this way, it plays a role in the production of collagen, carnitine (which helps your body convert fat into energy) and catecholamines (hormones made by the adrenal glands).
Vitamin C is also used by the body to heal wounds, repair and maintain the health of your bones and teeth, and plays a role in helping your body absorb iron. Vitamin C is considered an anti-aging vitamin and actually reversed age-related abnormalities in mice with premature aging disorder, which reversed healthy aging.9 Vitamin C even plays a role in brain health, since it is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.10 It has also been shown to play a role in the prevention of the common cold, cancer, osteoarthritis, age-related macular degeneration, asthma, and more. Vitamin C can also be useful for: 11
- Promote the function of the immune system
- Improve vision in people with uveitis (inflammation of the middle part of the eye)
- Conditions related to allergies, such as hay fever and eczema
- Treat sunburn
- Relieve dry mouth
- Cure burns and wounds
- Decrease blood sugar in diabetics
- Combat viral diseases, such as mononucleosis
- Keep healthy gums
- Mitochondrial Health
Lychee pulp contains large amounts of phenolic compounds and has antioxidant activities. In a study in animals, phenols in lychee pulp helped protect against stress-induced liver damage by modulating mitochondrial dysfunction. The researchers concluded: “For that reason, lychee pulp can be a functional biofactor to mitigate oxidative stress.” 12
- Antiviral activity
Certain proanthocyanidins in lychee seeds have been shown to have potent antiviral activity, such as, against Coxsackie virus and herpes simplex.13
- More Antioxidant Capacity than Vitamin C
Additional proanthocyanidins in lychee seeds showed more potent antioxidant activity than even vitamin C, 14 suggesting that there is still much to be learned about the potential of exotic fruit in health.
New Research Confirms the Traditional Uses of Lychee
Traditionally, lychee has been used in many cultures to treat health conditions ranging from obesity and diabetes to cough, flatulence, hernia and nerve pain.
According to popular remedies, the fruit possesses a number of functional properties, including anti-cancer, anti-viral, analgesic, diuretic and more.15 A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology recently set out to determine whether these medicinal uses were justified.
The researchers gathered data from scientific journals, books and scientific bases accepted worldwide and revealed significant evidence that the lychee offers medicinal benefits. According to the study: 16
«A phytochemical investigation revealed that the main chemical components of litchi are flavonoids, sterols, triterpenes, phenolics, and other bioactive compounds. The raw extracts and pure compounds isolated from L. chinensis exhibited significant antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-virus, anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, hepatoprotective and immunomodulatory activities.
… The ethnopharmacological relevance of L. chinensis [lychee] is fully justified by the most recent results indicating that it is a useful medicinal and nutritional agent for the treatment of a wide range of human disorders and ailments. More research is needed to fully understand the mode of action of the active components and to make the most of its powerful preventive and therapeutic activity. “
The Lichis Are a Fruit High in Sugar
The lychees have one drawback and it is their high sugar content-about 29 grams per cup. For this reason, please eat lychees in moderation. In rare cases, lychees have been linked to severe allergies, something you should consider if you have never eaten them.
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