A Simple Introduction to Lychee Fruit
Lychee translated from Chinese as ‘gift for a joyful life’, surely lives up to its name. The fruit contains vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy diet, it is sweet and delicious and it has been enjoyed joyfully by natives of Southeast Asia for centuries.
The health benefits of the lychee fruit have been tried, proven and touted in countries such as China, India and Indonesia, so much so that it has made its way into ancient Chinese legend. It is believed that the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty would dispatch royal guards some 600 miles to pick lychee to woo his favourite concubine, to entice her with the sweet, fragrant flesh of the fruit. Today, the fruit in China as a result of such legend is now a symbol of romance and love.
Anyone who eats the fruit immediately falls in love with it. But if the fact that it is so delicious doesn’t convince you to try it, maybe hearing some of the health benefits will make you give this tropical fruit a second look.
There have been many clinical studies conducted with lychee fruit. One of the main health benefits of lychee fruit is the great source of vitamin C, a vitamin that the body does not produce naturally. Vitamin C helps the body to promote a healthy heart and immune function. Vitamin C is good for our bones, skin and tissue, and therefore is a very important vitamin to our overall good health.*
Through the high content vitamin C content, the fruit ca benefit those suffering from colds, fevers and sore throats. It also promotes healthy digestion for the best nutrition and an added boost of health.*
Lychee, the Chinese believe, also has the ability to assist in assisting in general pain relief*. People in China treat these symptoms with this powerful fruit using ancient Chinese medicines and they attest to its powers even though there are currently no studies out there that give scientific weight to this argument.
Along with these health benefits it also contains phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and protein. Though the lychee fruit is native to Asia, the popularity and reputation of the fruit as a healthful fruit has contributed to the commercial growth of lychee trees in California and Florida. This fruit can be found in Asian supermarkets in cans or dried or they are found in jellies, jams, marmalades or sauces in Asian cuisine.