On one hand, we have the scorching heat that is draining us of all our energy.
On the other, we have plenty of delicious fruits to hydrate and nourish us.
One such fruit that is in season, and is also everyone’s favorite, is the luscious litchi.
After mangoes and melons, it’s time to relish this juicy tropical fruit, which the royals devoured for its wealth of nutrients. Read about the health benefits of mangoes here.
And if the litchi’s sweet taste doesn’t tempt you, indulge in it for its plethora of health benefits.
Here are the top seven reasons why litchis must become a part of your summer diet:
1. Works magic for your digestive system:
Since ancient times, litchis have been used as a remedy for treating stomach disorders in China. The fiber in litchis not only stimulates digestive juices but also treats constipation, which is common during summers. What’s more, this summer fruit is teeming with the goodness of pectin, which lowers your risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease and piles.
2. Improves your immunity:
A 100 gram serving of litchis provides 71.5 mg Vitamin C, thus meeting your daily recommended intake. The antioxidant potential of this immune-boosting vitamin activates the white blood cells, which are the main defensive line of your immune system against infections. Additionally, litchis are an excellent source of Litchitannin A2 and Oligonol, which safeguard you against the herpes virus, influenza, and coxsackievirus.
3. Cuts your cancer risk:
A powerhouse of polyphenols, proanthocyanidins and Vitamin C, litchis offset cancer-causing free radicals. Proanthocyanidins, in particular, lower your risk of stomach and prostate cancer. Litchis contain quercetin and kaempferol, the flavonoids that hinder the development of breast cancer cells. Also, this tropical fruit’s superior pectin content protects against colon and prostate cancer.
4. Boosts your kidney health:
Loaded with water and potassium, litchis flush out the toxins deposited in your kidneys. Also, this juicy fruit lowers the concentration of uric acid. The power-packed duo of magnesium and Vitamin B6 in litchis reduces your risk of kidney stones. Besides, the fruit’s diuretic properties alleviate the pain caused by kidney stones.
5. Keeps your heart in perfect shape:
The nutritive power of flavonoids, pectin, and antioxidants makes litchis a must-have for a healthy heart. A zero-cholesterol food infused with the goodness of pectin, this summer fruit is ideal to lower your cholesterol. Its high potassium and low sodium content make it a natural remedy for people with hypertension. Thus, eating litchis may reduce your risk of strokes and heart attacks.
6. Lowers your chances of fractures and osteoporosis:
Litchis pack in a solid punch with their bevy of bone-friendly nutrients: magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and copper. All these minerals help your bones increase their calcium absorption as well as the effectiveness of Vitamin D. Phosphorus and magnesium enhance bone quality while manganese and copper strengthen your brittle bones.
7. Helps you lose weight:
Weight watchers rejoice! A 100 gram serving of litchi provides 66 calories with zero fat, thus filling your stomach with very few calories. Plus, its naturally sweet taste ensures you don’t have any sugar cravings. In addition, a bevy of B complex vitamins in this superfruit kickstart your metabolism. For all these reasons, you should try to increase your litchi intake when you’re trying to lose weight.
Now that you have become aware of the exceptional nutritive power of litchis, you would be keen to dig into them.
But before you do so, remember the following:
- This summer fruit packs in high levels of fructose, a natural fruit sugar. Eating more than 100 grams of litchis at a time raises your sugar levels. As a result, your pancreas has to secrete more insulin, which triggers fat storage.
- People with diabetes must restrict their intake to four-five medium litchis at a time.
- Avoid eating litchis, especially the unripe ones, on an empty stomach. It contains toxins that may cause fever and vomiting.
With these pointers in mind, go ahead and enjoy the luscious litchis, and soak in their bevy of benefits.