Lychee and Health
Lychee and Health
Thanks to the last emperor of the T'ang Dynasty's (712-756 A.D.) attempts to woo his beloved, the lychee fruit is recognized as a symbol love and sensuality. Legend has it that Emperor Hsuan Tsang was so smitten by his beautiful concubine Yang Kuei Fei, that he had guards travel on horseback over a terrain of China that stretched some 600 miles to his Northern palace to bring her fresh lychees.
Maybe a love-struck Tsang Hsuan knew the health benefits of bringing Yang Kuei Fei lychees, as they're jammed packed with anti-aging and disease fighting antioxidants.
Lychee is a tropical fruit which is majorly grown in China and Vietnam, however Lychee is also found in the Northern part of India. The Lychee fruit is normally about 1½ to 2 inches in size and has a distinct oval, heart shape .Lychee fruit is red on the outside and juicy white on the inside. The skin of a Lychee fruit is a little bumpy and rough and you cannot eat the skin. You crack the skin open and eat the juice Lychee fruit inside. Inside a Lychee fruit there is a big, black seed in the middle which is not edible. The white part inside is very sweet and tasty.
At 72 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of flesh, Lychees are a very good source for this essential vitamin. Lychee is rich in Vitamin C and potassium. It is low in calories; almost on Lychee has 7 calories. Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium, it is high in copper. The nutritional value and health benefits of Lychee make them suitable for Maintaining optimum health, and weight loss.
Lychee nutritional facts are the reasons why Lychee is a popular drink wherever Lychee grows. However, in the United States, Lychee is not a common fruit. Elsewhere in the world, Lychee has been growing in popularity in various cuisines
The health benefits of Lychee fruit are impressive and are often overlooked in countries where Lychee fruit are common and also in most countries where Lychee fruit are not found in abundance. Lychee fruit is good for overall health and wellness.
Lychee fruit is particularly good for gastrointestinal health. Research has also shown that Lychee fruit may provide impressive anti-breast cancer properties. A study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows that Lychee fruit slows the formation and progression of breast cancer through several mechanisms including apoptosis.