Lychee, sometimes referred to as “litchi” or “lychee nut” is probably not a typical fruit on your grocery list. In China, growing superior types of lychees was considered a matter of great family pride and even local rivalry.
Believed to have originated from Burma, lychee fruit now grows internationally in Australia, India, Brazil, Burma, Africa, and the United States.
This exotic fruit, has a red rough leathery skin with scales, but don’t let this stop you from trying it. When you remove the easy to peel skin, you are rewarded with a succulent translucent white fleshy fruit. In the middle there’s a hard brown seed that easily peels away from the fruits flesh.
Often considered a prized delicacy in Asia, the taste of lychee fruit can best be described as sweet and tart with a floral perfume. Think of a fruit that tastes of jasmine flowers, grape, lime, and a hint of coconut (yeah it’s a complex flavor to describe…but delicious).
Discover the Unique Anti-Aging Properties of Lychee Fruit
The benefits of lychee have been used by the Chinese as a natural remedy for centuries. The skin peelings are made into a tea used to relieve diarrhea. The seeds and tree bark are ground up for tea to soothe stomach pain, coughs, and sore throat.
Researchers have now discovered that lychee has several anti-aging benefits. The real power and enticement of this fruit lies in its anti-aging capabilities.
- Like other citrus and tropical fruits, lychee is an abundant source of vitamin C. A 100 gram serving of lychee boasts 71.5 milligrams or 119% daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C rich foods help the immune system fight off infectious agents. Vitamin C aids in the process of collagen production that helps skin retain its firmness and elasticity.
- A nutrient unique to the lychee fruit is known as oligonol. Oligonol a polyphenol antioxidant also has anti-influenza virus properties. Oligonol can protect delicate facial skin from harmful UV rays that cause wrinkles.
- Lychee fruit can prevent aging with the excellent source of B complex vitamins it contains such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folate. The high level of B6 found in lychee helps to protect against aging. A destructive process called glycation that affects the aging process occurs throughout our bodies. It happens when sugars react with the body’s proteins, while it’s a normal part of aging, glycation can cause cataracts, kidney failure, and even hardening of the arteries. But, what’s more visible is that glycation affects your collagen stores, and leads to creating the visible signs of aging. Vitamin B6 found in lychee fruit is an anti-glycation agent that can help prevent aging.
- This group of B vitamins also aids in the nourishment of skin by the metabolizing of macro-nutrients and hydration to the dermal tissue. Nourished skin and hydrated skins keeps skins healthy, looks smooth, and stays moisturized.
Lychee Fruit Loves Your Heart and More…
Lychee fruit also contains potassium which helps control blood pressure and heart rate.
Phosphorus and magnesium levels in this super fruit help maintain powerful bones while trace minerals such as copper and manganese strengthen brittle bones. The deterioration of bone tissue is a common side effect of aging. Lychee fruit may help prevent cancer and contains anti-cancer properties as well.
Lychee contains flavonoids, quercetin, and, kaemferol which are powerful compounds that reduce the proliferation of cancer cells.
Studies have proven lychee will inhibit the growth of breast, liver and, colorectal cancer cells. At 66 calories for every 100 gram serving and a great source of dietary fiber, lychee fruit makes a great diet addition to promote overall health or weight loss.
Eat chilled lychee fruit as a sweet treat in place of sorbet or ice cream in moderation, since it contains around 15% sugar per one cup. The tropical lychee is a fruit that will keep you feeling and looking young, healthy and energized.