Top three amazing benefits of Litchi

It’s summer time! While we may all be worried about the harmful effects of the scorching heat, at the same time we eagerly wait for a variety of delicious fruits that will surely tantalize our taste buds. One such fruit we definitely look forward to is the juicy and exotic litchi.

The litchi tree is native to the Fujian and Guangdong provinces in China. The first cultivation of this fruit was in the year 1059 AD in China. China is the main producer of litchi, the other countries where this amazing fruit is grown are Southeast Asia, South Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Just like all the other fruits, This oval shaped pinkish-brown fruit is loaded with several health benefits. Here we give you rundown of some of the top health benefits.

1.    Boosts immunity- For those of you with a bad immunity, incorporate litchi into your diet. Due to the presence of vitamin C, it is excellent for strengthening your immune system. This vitamin consists of antioxidants that safeguard our body from germs and viruses.

2.    Good for weight loss- Are you trying to lose weight? Then add litchi to your meal. Being a low-calorie fruit, it is ideal for weight loss. It contains water, fibre and roughage, all of which contribute towards weight loss. The calorie content is also very low.

3.    Instant Energy- Litchi is a great fruit for providing an instant energy. Make sure to include a few of them in your breakfast as they help you to stay active the entire day. The presence of vitamin C plays a crucial role in production of carnitine and collagen, which are important to give an instant energy boost by breaking down the fats.

4.    Prevents Anemia- Anemia is a condition in which the blood doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells. Patients with anemia should eat Litchis as they prevent this condition. This delicious fruit contains a significant amount of copper, which increases RBC count in the blood.

This wonderful fruit can be eaten in many ways- You can make a refreshing juice or lemonade with some fresh litchi’s, make a tasty litchi pudding, or  they can also be eaten with their shell and seeds removed.

Note- People with diabetes should eat in moderation, as this fruit is high in sugar content. Litchi might also disturb your hormonal imbalance. Expecting mothers should avoid this fruit until they are in the breastfeeding stage as they can cause infections or in some severe cases a hemorrhage.

-Akhila Kakarala
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