In the Eastern part of the world, particularly Southeast Asia and China, the lychee fruit is a very popular food source. Those of us who reside in the Western part of the world may have only heard of this fruit once or twice, or maybe happened upon a lychee-flavoured instant noodle packet in the Asian foods section of the supermarket. –But if this fruit is so popular in other parts of the world, then there must be something to it, right? Aside from being a symbol of love and romance in China, the lychee is hailed as being an all-around health booster due to its naturally high content of many nutrients. Let’s take a look at some of the positive health impacts that lychee fruit can have on the body.
Lychee fruit is absolutely teeming with vitamin C. In just 100 grams, about three and a half ounces, of lychee there is around 120 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. That’s an impressive amount to say that the same amount of oranges provides 99 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. This essential vitamin is one that cannot be produced by the body yet it is required in order to prevent health problems, like scurvy. Vitamin C is most widely known as an essential component in the maintenance of a strong and healthy immune system. In China, this fruit is used to combat the common signs of a cold, such as fever, sore throat, and body aches. So, if you find yourself feeling under the weather more-so lately, then you might want to consider drinking some lychee juice or, if you can get your hands on it, eating a few fresh lychees. If you decide to make a juice, make sure you use a good quality masticating juicer. You can find some decent juicer machine options at http://thebestjuicerz.com.
In many parts of Asia, lychee is used as a means to help lower blood pressure and maintain good overall heart health. Those who suffer from high blood pressure may find that a couple of lychees eaten every day, or even drinking a small glass of lychee juice, could help to bring blood pressure levels down to a safer, more manageable level. Be aware, though, that individuals who suffer from diabetes should be cautious in their consumption of lychee fruit, as the natural sugars found in the fruit could result in a spike in blood sugar/glucose levels, which could be dangerous to a diabetic.
Although you could easily purchase a bottle of lychee juice and consume this fruit the ‘easy way,’ you needn’t shy away from the ingesting the raw fruit. Lychee fruit is very easy to prepare. First, select fruits that have a bright pink or red peel. Stay away from the green ones because they have not ripened yet. Next, test the texture. Use your thumb to gently press into the fruit. If it gives a little then it is ready to consume. Dark fruits that are significantly softer to the touch are probably over-ripened. Begin preparation by peeling the skin away. The flesh underneath is transparent white in colour and very slippery in texture. Once the skin is completely removed you can use your fingers to perforate the flesh to remove the large brown seed. Once the seed is removed you can pop the lychee directly into your mouth or toss it into your favourite fruit-based recipes.