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17 Major Health Benefits of Lychee


Lychee or Litchi are the delicious fruit that grows on the fruit tree of the same name and is the sole member of genus Litchi in soapberry family. They are native to China but are now cultivated in many regions of the world. Being a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoid, etc., they provide a lot of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of lychee, but first take a look at the below-mentioned nutrition chart of lychee

Nutrition Chart of Lychee

Nutrition Chart of Lychee
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Health Benefits of Lychee

health benefits of lychee
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(1) Good For Digestive System

Regular and moderate consumption of lychees is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of lychees is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibers in them.

These dietary fibers aid in regulating bowel movement, and ensures smooth elimination of stool out of the body, and thus controls constipation.

In addition to this, they also stimulate the secretion of gastric and digestive juices, and thus increases the efficiency of nutrients absorption. It provides relief from constipation and also reduces the risk of other gastrointestinal disorders.

(2) Wonderful Immunity Booster

Eating lychees on a regular basis is very beneficial for making our immune system stronger because of the presence of vitamin C in it.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that provides a lot of benefits, and one such benefit is its ability to protect our immune system ( and other body cells) from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.

Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as they prevent the disease-causing bacteria, virus, etc. from entering our body, and minimizes the risk of diseases.

And, even when we get sick, it is the immune system that fights with the bacteria and viruses responsible for the disease, and make us healthy again.

Given the importance of the immune system, we should do our best to make sure that our immune system stays stronger all time, and regular consumption of lychees can help with the same.

(3) Reduces The Risk of Various Cancer(s)

Eating lychees on a regular basis is very beneficial for lessening the risk of different types of cancers.

This benefit of lychee is mainly because of the presence of vitamin C in it.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

By minimizing the risk of oxidative damage, they, in turn, minimizes the risk of various types of cancers.

In addition to the vitamin C, lychees are also an excellent source of various polyphenolic and proanthocyanidins compounds, which are in fact stronger than vitamin C in reducing the risk of cancer.

(4) Provides Antiviral Benefits

Another important reason to eat lychees for good health is its ability to provide antiviral benefits.

Lychees are an excellent source of proanthocyanidin compound “Lithcitannin A2” which has been found to carry antiviral properties and prevents the spread and outbreak of various viruses, including herpes simplex virus and coxsackievirus.

(5) Regulates High Blood Pressure

Regular and moderate consumption of lychees is very beneficial for reducing the risk of high blood pressure or hypertension.

This benefit of lychee is mainly because of the presence of high potassium and low sodium level in them.

Potassium is a vasodilator which relaxes our blood vessels and ensures a smooth blood circulation in our body. When blood vessels are relaxed, blood can flow smoothly, and this automatically drops down the blood vessels.

In addition to this, the low sodium level of lychees also plays an important role in regulating our blood pressure level.

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer as it stresses our cardiovascular system and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.

By keeping blood pressure under control, lychees, in turn, helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

It has been found that when it comes to high blood pressure, dried lychees are more beneficial than the fresh lychees as the potassium level found in dried lychees are three times greater than those found in fresh lychees.

(6) Good Source of Oligonol

Lychees are a good source of phenolic compound “Oligonol” in it.

This compound provides a lot of benefits like improves blood circulation, helps in weight loss, protects our skin from harmful UV rays, provides antioxidantal benefits, anti-influenza benefits, etc.

The presence of “Oligonol” and the various benefits provided by it is another reason to include lychees in our daily fruit plate.

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(7) Improves Blood Circulation

Eating lychees on a regular basis is also beneficial for improving blood circulation level in our body.

This benefit of lychees is mainly due to the presence of minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, etc. in them. Both copper and iron play an important role in improving our blood circulation.

The Iron present in lychee ensures that the oxygenated blood reaches to every cell of our body and it also helps in reducing the risk of anemia and other diseases caused by the deficiency of iron.

Similarly, the copper present in lychees plays an integral role in the formation of red blood cells, and thus boost blood circulation.

In addition to the iron and copper, lychees are also an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, folate, vitamin C, etc. and these compounds also plays a significant role in improving our blood circulation.

(8) Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Regular and moderate consumption of lychees is beneficial for our heart too and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

The cardiovascular benefits provided by lychee are mainly because of the presence of antioxidants, phenolic compounds, potassium, Oligonol and dietary fiber, etc. in them.

The antioxidant (Vitamin C) present in lychees fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body.

In addition to this, potassium present in lychees relaxes our blood vessels, regulates blood pressure and thus reduces the stress on our cardiovascular system.

In addition to this, lychees are also a good source of “Oligonol” which promotes the production of Nitric oxide (NO. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels and arteries and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.

Additionally, the flavonoids and the dietary fibers present in lychees also plays a significant role in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

(9) Prevents Cataract

Regular and moderate consumption of lychees is good for our eyes as they reduce the risk of cataracts.

This benefit of lychee is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C in it.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.

By minimizing the ill effects of oxidative damage, lychees reduces the risk of cataract; age-related macular degeneration, etc.

(10) Acts Against Influenza

Eating lychees on a regular basis is very beneficial against influenza.

This benefit of lychee is mainly due to the antiviral property of lychee.

The “Oligonol ” present in lychee stops the virus from multiplying and thus fights against influenza.

(11) Aids In Weight Loss

Regular and moderate consumption of lychees is very beneficial for the individuals who are on a weight loss regime. This benefit is mainly due to the low calorific value of lychee.

Eating 100 grams of lychee provides only 66 calories, and also they are an excellent source of dietary fibers and water.

The dietary fiber and water present in lychee make us feel fuller for a longer duration and decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating.

As overeating is a major factor behind weight gain ( or obesity), so by controlling overeating, it in turns controls obesity.

(12) Disease-Fighting Flavonoids

Another important reason to make lychees a part of our fruit plate is the presence of flavonoids in them.

These flavonoids provide antioxidant benefits and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems and various cancers.

In addition to this, lychees are also a good source of powerful antioxidant named  “quercetin” which also provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

(13) Provides Antioxidantal Benefits

Lychees are a good source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant that provides a lot of benefits.

They fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

By preventing our body cells from oxidative damage, they reduce the risk of various types of cancers and also provides other benefits like keeping  premature aging at bay, strengthening our immune system, minimizing the risk of cataract, improving  cardiovascular system etc.

They are also good for our cognitive health and reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease  and Alzheimer’s disease.

The antioxidant benefits provided by lychee is another major reason for eating lychees on a regular basis.

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(14) Excellent Source of Rutin

Lychees are a good source of various polyphenols and one of them is “Rutin”. This bioflavonoid is well known for improving the strength of our blood vessels.

Because of this benefit, the are often used for varicose veins, hemorrhoids and as well as bruising.

Deficiency of bioflavonoids may weaken our blood vessels and make them prone to break easily. Eating lychees on a regular basis strengthen our blood vessels and minimizes the risk of getting bruised easily.

(15)  Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Lychees are an excellent source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant that also provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Because of the anti-inflammatory nature of lychees, they are found to be very beneficial in providing relief from inflammatory diseases lie arthritis, gouts etc.

Eating lychees on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be beneficial not only in relieving inflammation but also in controlling it.

Lychees are also good for relieving the inflammation and tissue damage caused by the high-intensity exercise and training.

(16) Excellent Source of Vitamin C

One of the most important benefits of lychee is the presence of high level of vitamin C in them. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that provides a lot of benefits.

Being an antioxidant they fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. By doing so, they reduce the risk of various cancers.

In addition to this, they are also good for keeping premature aging at bay, minimizing the risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration, making our immune system stronger, in providing cardiovascular benefits.

Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory in nature which means they are also effective against inflammatory diseases like arthritis, gouts etc.

They are good for our brain and reduces the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

(17) Mitochondrial Health

Lychees are very effective in maintaining mitochondrial health. This benefit of lychee is  mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and phenolic compounds present in them. These compounds prevent our cells from the oxidative stress and thus helps in keeping them healthy.

Reference(s)

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/18/lychee-health-benefits.aspx

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/lychee.html

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-litchis/

 

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