On one hand, we have the scorching heat draining out all our energy and on the other, we have vibrant fruits of the season that give us a good reason to love summers. Mangoes, melons and watermelons have already found their way into our fruit baskets, it is now time for lychees to make their way. Lychee or litchi is a soft, whitish-pink coloured pulpy fruit, that is cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions and is available for a very short period of time during the summer season. From boosting your immune system to aiding blood circulation
, this juicy and delicious fruit boasts of many health benefits. According to Nutritionist Simran Saini, “Lychee has a high dose of Vitamin C which helps restore your immunity, and keeps your skin healthy. It is also rich in Vitamin D. With its high water content, it is a great fruit to keep you hydrated during this hot weather.” Here are some other health benefits of lychee that you can enjoy while you gorge on this sweet delight.
Lychee or litchi is a soft pulpy fruit infused with many benefits
1.Boosts Your Immunity
Rich in vitamin C, lychee also has more than 100% of the daily requirement of ascorbic acid (ABA) in a single serving which works exceptionally well for boosting your immunity. Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells that defend the body against foreign materials.
lychee also has more than 100% of the daily requirement
Lychee is loaded with dietary fibres. These fibres regulate the bowel movement by ensuring its smooth passage through the digestive tract. It also adds bulk to the stool and can work wonders for constipation and other tummy problems. It also stimulates gastric and digestive juices promoting efficient nutrient absorption.
It also adds bulk to the stool and can work wonders
The proanthocyanidins present in lychee are known to lend strong antiviral capabilities. Lycheetannin A2, a component of lychee, may help in preventing the spread of viruses.
proanthocyanidins present in lychee
4.Improves Blood Circulation
The high content of copper in lychee helps in boosting blood circulation
in our body. Like Iron, copper is also responsible for the formation of Red Blood Cells (RBCs). More RBCs mean better blood circulation and increased oxygenation of the organs and cells.
formation of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)
5.Regulates Blood Pressure
Lychee helps lowering high blood pressure by maintaining the fluid balance. It is rich in potassium and low in sodium which helps regulate your blood pressure
. Potassium reduces the constriction of arteries and blood vessels, thus lowering the stress on the cardiovascular system.
Lychee helps lowering high blood pressure
6. Good for your Skin
Lychee can help fight signs of ageing and blemishes. The primary cause of aging is the production free radicals caused due to high oxidative stress. The Vitamin C in lychees acts as an antioxidant fighting these free radicals.
Lychee can help fight signs of ageing
7. Aid Weight Loss
Lychee is a great source of dietary fiber which plays an instrumental role in weight loss. Lychee comprises of a high water content, and has an almost negligible fat content which further makes it an ideal fruit for weight loss. It is also low on calories.
Lychee is a great source of dietary fiber
Being rich in flavanol, lychee extracts are known to treat inflammation and tissue damage caused by inflammation.
lychee extracts are known to treat inflammation
9. For Stronger Bones
Lychee is full of essential nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper. These minerals are known to increase calcium absorption in the bones, thereby making them strong and healthy.
Lychee is full of essential nutrients
This delicious fruit has several health benefits, but it is also very sugary and so, diabetics should avoid it or consult their doctor before consuming. If consumed in moderate quantities, it should not cause a problem.