Today we look at the lychee fruit a nutritional powerhouse and one of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic. A lychee is a rare sub tropical fruit originating about 2000 years ago in Southern China.
Lychee, translated from Chinese means “gift for a joyful life”. Some other common names are: Litchi, Leechee, Lichee, Lichi.
The edible portion or aril is white, translucent, firm and juicy. The flavor is sweet, fragrant and delicious.
Lychee fruit is high in the antioxidant Vitamin C and the essential mineral Potassium plus riboflavin and copper.
It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and folates. These vitamins are essential since they function by acting as co-factors to help body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Lychee fruits are low in calories and rich in dietary fiber which can be very important for individuals who are concerned about excess body weight.
Lychees are high in heart-healthy polyphenols, containing 15% more than grapes, a fruit commonly referenced as high in polyphenols.
Here are some of the many Health & Nutritional Benefits of Eating Lychee
- Lychee helps in increasing the energy of the body.
- It increases fluids in the body, which are required for good health.
- It enhances the feeling of well being.
- Lychee is extremely rich in Vitamin C and contains approximately 40 percent more vitamin C than orange.
- It even has high levels of Beta carotene, greater than that found in carrots.
- It contains unsaturated fatty acids, which help in the absorption of beta carotene, and many other fat soluble vitamins.
Lychee fruits have been used for coughs and it is also considered a good antacid.
Seeds of Lychee are said to have analgesic properties and a herbal tea made by boiling tree bark, roots, and flowers from the lychee tree can boost the body’s immune system.
Traditionally in northern India powdered lychee seeds are taken to support the digestive tract.