Lychee: A Tropical Fruit Ready for the Summer

The lychee is a tropical fruit little used in Portugal, but there are reasons for this. On the contrary, this fruit is very rich in micronutrients.

The lychee is a small tropical fruit. It is grown in subtropical regions around the world and is especially popular in China, where it is native, and in southeast Asia.

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Known for their sweet taste and flowery, are fresh foods, and are sometimes used in ice creams, juices or jams.

The lychee are able to help manage blood pressure, improve the digestion process, improve blood circulation, among many other benefits that we announce in this article.

LYCHEE: HOW IS THIS FRUIT?

This delicious fruit belongs to the family Sapindaceae , and receives the name of Litchi chinensis, scientifically.

The lychees usually have a round shape or oval and the outer layer is made of a bark texture rough and of different shades of red. The bark comes off easily to show the interior of the fruit, which is white and very soft.

Are known for their sweet taste and flowery with a texture gel. It is a fruit of summer and is grown in tropical climates.

NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION OF LYCHEE

In addition to being a fruit with a distinctive taste very pleasant, it is extremely healthy and has a composition rich in nutrients.

Another great advantage of this fruit, is the fact that it is composed by a high water content, which makes it a good choice for hot days where it is necessary to hydrate the body.

Despite being mainly composed of carbohydrate, most of which are sugars, the lychee is rich in micronutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B2, B3, B6, folate, copper, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.

Per 100g, you get:

  • Water: 81,76 g
  • Energy: 66 kcal
  • Protein: 0,83 g
  • Lipids: 0,44 g
  • Carbohydrates, including sugars: 16,53 g

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE CONSUMPTION OF LYCHEE

As it features a combination of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, their benefits are immense.

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  1. FACILITATES DIGESTION

The lychee is rich in dietary fiber, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the bowel. The regular bowel movements ensure that the body is to rid itself of toxins. Also act as stimulatory of gastric juices and the digestive.

A healthy digestive system ensures that the body is absorbing all the nutrients it needs to function properly.

2. HELP IN THE PREVENTION OF CANCER

The lychee are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that protect the body from oxidative stress. Free radicals damage the DNA at a cellular level and cause the growth of cancer cells.

This fruit has polyphenols and proanthocyanidins, which have a powerful effect on the growth of cancerous.

3. ANTIMICROBIAL EFFECT

The lychee helps the body to create a barrier strong against viral infections. Protect even the respiratory system against infections and to soothe the symptoms associated with asthma.

4. MANAGEMENT OF BLOOD PRESSURE

The lychee help moderate and balance the blood flow in the body. Potassium is an excellent vasodilator and can keep your heart healthy, the relaxation of all the arteries.

The content of reduced sodium, helps maintain fluid balance and to maintain metabolic functions of the body, prevents the restriction of blood vessels and also arteries.

5. IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION

Good amount of iron and copper, stimulates the circulation of blood. The deficiency of these compounds can cause fatigue and be harmful, because it is through circulation that ensures the transport of nutrients to the entire body.

The lychee help to balance the flow of blood throughout the body.

6. ANTI-AGING

A diet rich in antioxidants and vitamin C can ensure a the process of aging slower, promoting the health in general. The lychee are a good source of vitamin C, a component relevant in anti-aging.

Vitamin C can also improve the elasticity and collagen production, leading to a skin more radiant and flexible.

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JUICE OF LYCHEE, PINEAPPLE AND MANGO FRESH

Since we are in summer and many times we look for healthy alternatives to cool off the body, we leave here a very easy recipe to enjoy on hot days, and that serves for the whole family.

– Ingredients –

  • 1 pineapple small
  • 1 sleeve
  • 8 lychee
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 4 ice cubes

– Mode of preparation –

  1. Prepare the fruit: peel the pineapple, the mango and the lychee. Remove the aa shell or skin and the seeds.
  2. Put the fruit along with the coconut water and the ice cubes in a blender. Call until you get a homogeneous mixture and creamy.
  3. Serve with ice.

Good appetite!