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    Health Benefits of Lychees

    Health Benefits of Lychees:
    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart DiseaseModerate amounts of lychees are believed to relieve coughing, and perhaps even stomach ulcers.


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    Re: Health Benefits of Lychees

    In structure, the fruit is a drupe; oval, heart-shaped or nearly round, measures about 35 cm long and 3 cm in diameter and weigh about 10 g. In appearance, the fruit has close resemblances with longan and rambutan fruits.


    Its outer surface is covered with rough leathery rind or peel featuring pink color. The peel can be easily removable in the ripe fruits. Inside; consists of edible portion or aril that is white, translucent, sweet and juicy.


    The fruit has sweet, fragrant flavor and delicious to savor. The pulp has single, glossy brown nut-like seed, 2 cm long, and 11.5 cm in diameter. The seeds, are not poisonous but should not be eaten. Fresh lychees are readily available in the markets from July to October, about 120-140 days after flowering.


    Health benefits of Lychee


    • Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber which, can be very important for individuals who are concerned about their excess body weight.
    • Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow in organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful UV rays (Takuya Sakurai (Kyorin University, Japan), Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 72(2), 463-476, 2008).
    • Litchi, like citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g fresh fruits provide 71.5 mg or 119% of daily-recommended value. Studies suggest that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
    • It is 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, protein and fats.
    • Litchi also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.


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    Re: Health Benefits of Lychees

    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.
    • Lychee is considered diuretic and digestive.
    • It contains unsaturated fatty acids, which help in the absorption of beta carotene, and many other fat soluble vitamins.
    • It even helps to prevent blood clots, severe cell damage and reduces strokes, up to 50%, in heart attack patients.
    • It is a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, which are quite essential for the body.



    How to Choose and Buy Lychees?


    • Fresh lychee fruits can be found in the marketplaces between July and October. The litchi should be allowed to fully ripen on the tree as the ripening ceases right after the fruit is plucked. Excessively maturity causes them to become dark-brown and lose their original appeal and taste.
    • In the store, pick fruits that is fresh, with no cuts or molds.

    How to Store Lychees?


    • The litchi has excellent shelf life. The fruit may be kept at normal room temperature for approximately 5 days and may be kept for about 5 weeks in the fridge.
    • They may also be frozen, canned or dried for export purposes.


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