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Lychee- The Sweet Health Booster

Submitted by Saraomran on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:02
Lychee is among the most popular and delicious summer fruits. This small fruit is packed with various healthy nutrients. It has a rough skin on the outside while the inside is juicy flesh with an amazingly sweet taste. Lychees are also used as a medicine in china. Some of the health benefits of delicious lychees are:

Lychees Increase Immunity

This fruit is an excellent vitamin C source. Such high amounts of vitamin C improve functioning of the immune system. Antioxidants increase immunity and provide protection against diseases like flu, cough and cold. Antioxidants also protect from various kinds of infections.

Lychee Prevents Cancer

Lychees contain high amounts of vitamin C along with vitamin B complex in addition to phytonutrient flavonoids which play vital role in protecting body from the oxidative stress. UV radiations and pollution causes a rise in oxidative stress creating free radicals in the body. Such free radicals destroy DNA of the normal cells changing their function to form cancerous cells. Antioxidants in lychees help in neutralizing free radicals and thus protect from cell damage.

Lychees Improve Blood Count

Lychees are a good source of multiple nutrients essential for production of blood. It contains copper, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron which are required for RBC formation. Vitamin C in lychees increase iron absorbing capacity which boosts production of blood cells.

Lychee Increases Metabolism

It contains dietary fiber in good amount. Fiber in combination with vitamin B complex helps in increasing metabolism fat, carbohydrate and protein. Fruits rich in fiber have proved to increase metabolism by suppressing appetite.

Lychee Prevents Early Aging

The signs of aging can be caused early due to various factors like smoke, pollution and UV rays. Such factors may induce early process of skin aging causing appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Antioxidants in lychees help in preventing such signs of early aging by fighting the free radicals in body. By destroying free radicals, antioxidants aid in slowing down the process of aging.

Lychee Prevents High Blood Pressure

Antioxidants in lychees are found to be beneficial in lowering the blood pressure. Thus lychees being rich in antioxidants prevent the problem of high blood pressure. Lychee also contains potassium which is essetially required to maintain the level of sodium and also maintain fluid level. It also reduces the chances of strokes and heart attack.

Lychees Prevent Heart Diseases

Rich in dietary fiber, lychees have proved to promote the cardiovascular health. It reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol) in blood. It improves blood flow and reduces risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack.

Nutritional Facts Of Litchis (Raw Lychees)

Amount- 100 grams
  • Calories- 66
  • Total Carbohydrate- 6%
  • Protein- 2%
  • Total Fat- 1%
  • Dietary Fiber- 5%
  • Vitamin C- 119%
  • Riboflavin- 4%
  • Vitamin B6- 5%
  • Iron- 2%
  • Thiamin- 1%
  • Phosphorus- 3%
  • Niacin- 3%
  • Copper- 7%
  • Folate- 3%
  • Selenium- 1%
  • Potassium- 5%
  • Calcium- 1%
  • Manganese- 3%
  • Magnesium- 2%
%DV is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Fruits like litchis are an outstanding source of nutrients like vitamin C along with various other essential minerals.