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Benefits of Lychee And Its Side Effects

Lychee fruits aid in weight loss, protects the skin, boosts the immune system of the body. It also prevents cancer, improves digestion, builds strong bones and lowers blood pressure.It helps to defend the body against viruses, improve circulation and optimize metabolic activities.

Benefits of Lychee And Its Side Effects

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Lychee
Nutritional Value of Lychee
Health Benefits of Lychee
Aids Digestion
Boosts Immunity
Effective against cancer
Has Antiviral Property
Controls Blood Pressure
Has Anti-influenza Activity
Improves Blood Circulation
Prevent Blood Vessel Rupture
Provide Instant Energy
Uses of Lychee
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lychee
Cultivation of Lychee

Lychee

Lychee is the only member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae.Its scientific name is Litchi chinensis. It is a tall evergreen tree and bears small fleshy fruits. The outside of the fruit is pink-red, roughly textured and inedible. The interior of the covering is a sweet flesh eaten in many different dessert dishes.

Nutritional Value of Lychee

Lychee is packed with health benefits. They come from the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in the fruit. It includes vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin, folate, copper, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese.Further, lychee is an important source of dietary fiber, protein, and a good source of proanthocyanidins and polyphenolic compounds.

Health Benefits of Lychee

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Lychee
Health Benefits of Lychee

Aids Digestion

The significant amount of dietary fiber in lychee helps add bulk to the stool and increases our digestive health. This facilitates bowel movements, smooth movementthrough the digestive tract.The fiber also stimulates peristaltic motion of the smooth small intestine muscles, increasing the speed of food passing. It also stimulates gastric and digestive juices, so the absorption of nutrients is efficient. This can reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Boosts Immunity

The presence of vitamin C in lychee or litchi makes it very prominent in strengthening our immunity. This water-soluble vitamin is a storehouse of antioxidants that protect our body from foreign germ invasions and other associated problems. Lychee enhances immunity to protect against common diseases like a cough, cold and flu.

Effective against cancer

The polyphenolic compounds and proanthocyanidins found in lychee are even more effective than vitamin C in neutralizing free radicals and protecting the body from various diseases and afflictions. The antioxidants and flavonoids have anticancer effects, effective specially against breast cancer.

Has Antiviral Property

The proanthocyanidins in lychee have demonstrated antiviral properties. The presence of oligonol and Litchitannin A2, a compound found in lychee, assist in preventing the spread or outbreak of viruses, including herpes simplex virus and coxsackie virus.

Controls Blood Pressure

Litchis carry balanced potassium and sodium levels and this is necessary for maintaining proper blood pressure of the body.Besides, the vasodilatory properties of potassium present in lychee enable it to soothe and relax the blood vessels in the body, leading to the controlled hypertension. Lychee has shown to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) level in blood.

Has Anti-influenza Activity

The phenolic compound found in lychee has anti-influenza activity.The presence of oligonol stops the virus from multiplying and thus prevents fluw, cough and cold.

Improves Blood Circulation

Litchis have been found to help in proper blood circulation throughout our body, thus ensuring smooth functioning of organs and organ systems.Copper is another essential mineral found in considerable quantities in lychee and forms an integral part of RBC formation. Thus, the copper content in lychee can enhance blood circulation and increase oxygenation of the organs and cells.

Prevent Blood Vessel Rupture

Litchi is rich in abundant polyphenols like the bioflavonoid called rutin. This heps to the strengthen the blood vessels and control abnormal bruising owing to blood vessel rupture. This property also makes it useful in treating conditions like varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Provide Instant Energy

Litchi is rich in vitamin C. It plays an important role in the production of collagen and carnitine that are required to break down fat. This fat break down provides us with instant energy.

Uses of Lychee

Lychee can also be used for improving skin and hair conditions. It prevents the signs of aging, and helps remove blemishes. It also protects the skin from the UV rays and reduces sunburns. It also promotes hair growth and provides a distinct shine to our mane.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Lychee

Litchis have high sugar content, and people suffering from diabetes should consume them in moderation.They might provoke allergic reactions in some people.Litchi is also known to cause hormonal imbalance in the body.It can cause internal bleeding, fever or many other troubles.Pregnant women should avoid having litchis until they are in the breastfeeding stage as they can cause hemorrhage and infections and harm the baby.

Cultivation of Lychee

This fruit originated in China,native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China. Today it is grownin India,Thailand, Vietnam other countries in Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, South Africa,Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia and the United States. These tropical plants require a tropical climate that is frost-free, not below −4 °C (25 °F), and with high summer heat, rainfall, and humidity. Growth is best on well-drained, slightly acidic soils rich in organic matter and mulch.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am having severe cold. It's like whenever I eat lychee Nxt day I start getting excessive mucous secretion. Is it related? Or may be some other reason?

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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Sir. I am 18 year old. And my weight is 54. I want to gain weight. Suggest me a food diet.

B.Sc.- Food & Nutrition, M.Sc- Food Science & Nutrition, NET (LS)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
You may include nutrient & calorie dense foods in your diet every 2-3 hours. Example- thick fruit & nut milkshake, cheese, fresh fruit juice, oilseeds, whole egg, premix, malt, simple carbs like-potato, atta-maida roti, white rice, white bread, fruits like dates, mango, banana, jackfruit, chikoo, lychee.
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Please tell me the Benefits of taking litchi and also tell me the benefits in sexual health (if any)

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Lychee contains good amount of antioxidant vitamin c, vitamin b-complex and phytonutrient flavonoids. Lychee is a rich source of nutrient that is required for the production of blood. It provides manganese, magnesium, copper, iron and folate that are required for the formation of rbc.
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Hi Doctor, I am a male, virgin aged 27 years. Didn't try mating yet. But I feel. I may have premature ejaculation problem. How to overcome it and tell me good food to have good sex drive. Gonna get married next year.

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
Dear apart from foods, even fruits have been used as an aphrodisiac from ages which improve your sex life. Strawberries, bananas, avocados, figs, coconut water, apricots, raisins, dates, goji berries, lychees, oranges, cherries, are most important ones to boost your sexuality, stamina and perform better.
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Popular Health Tips

9 Health Benefits Of Lychee Fruit

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
9 Health Benefits Of Lychee Fruit

Lychee prevents various health conditions:

1. Cancer: flavones, quercitin and kaempferol present in lychee prevents the formation of cancer cells.

2. Heart disease: lychee has antioxidant vitamin c which lowers the blood pressure. Since it is rich in fiber content, it prevents the formation of fat; this in turn will promote cardiovascular health. Consumption of this fruit will result in the increase of good cholesterol and decrease of bad cholesterol. This will reduce the chances of heart attack, stroke and hypertension. Potassium present in this fruit is also great for the heart.

3. Digestion and bowel movements:
 Lychee contains pectin and dietary fiber which are important for healthy bowel movement. Water content in this fruit also helps in preventing constipation. Healthy bowel movements are necessary to rule out diseases like pile and colon cancer.

4. Bones: lychee contains a wide range of nutrients including phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper and magnesium, which strengthen bones. It boosts the effectiveness of vitamin d, which in turn increases the absorption of calcium. This is necessary to maintain strong bones.

5. Stress: lychee is rich in potassium which helps in maintaining the blood pressure normal. It is recommended to people having high blood pressure since it has less sodium.

6. Immunity: vitamin c is lost in the form of body sweat, stool and urine. A 100 g of this fruit contains 71.5 mg of vitamin c. Hence, this fruit is a good source of antioxidant which supports the immune system. Lychee is great to rule out cough, cold and flu.

7. Blood circulation: lychee is rich in oligonol which improves blood circulation by relaxing blood vessels. Oligonol reduces platelet aggregation which regulates blood circulation.

8. Anemia: this fruit is packed with minerals like iron, folate, copper, manganese and magnesium, which play an important role in the production of red blood cells. Also this fruit contains vitamin c which helps the body in absorption of iron.


9. Free radicals: this fruit contains vitamin c which is used to fight free radicals that cause acne, pimple and blemishes. Antioxidants present in lychee keeps the skin glowing.

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Health benefits of lychees

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Lychee Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - लीची के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Lychee Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - लीची के फायदे और नुकसान

चीन में चार हजार वर्षों से उगाई जा रही लीची को अब भारत, दक्षिणपूर्व एशिया और दक्षिण अफ्रीका के कुछ हिस्सों में उगाया जाता है. सोपबेरी परिवार के इस सदस्य का वैज्ञानिक नाम लीची चिनेंसिस है. नर्म सफ़ेद और गुलाबी रंग की लीची, उष्ण या उपोष्णकटिबंधीय जलवायु में उगाने के अनुकूल होता है. बिहार के मुजफ्फरपुर के अलावा ये भारत के असम, उत्तरप्रदेश, झारखंड, त्रिपुरा बंगाल, पंजाब, उत्तराखंड और पश्चिम बंगाल में उगाया जाता है. इसमें कई पोषक तत्वों की मौजूदगी होती है. इनमें प्रमुख हैं विटामिन बी-6, सी, राइबोफ्लेविन, नियासिन, फास्फोरस, मैग्नीशियम, पोटेशियम, तांबा और मैंगनीज आदि तत्व पाए जाते हैं. इसके अलावा लीची में आहार फाइबर, पॉलीफेनॉलिक यौगिक पाया जाता है. आइए लीची के फायदे और नुकसान को जानें.

1. ह्रदय को स्वस्थ रखने में
लीची में मौजूद एंटीऑक्सीडेंट कार्डियोवैस्कुलर स्वास्थ्य को बढ़ावा देने में मददगार साबित होता है. इसमें पाया जाने वाला ऑलिगोनल नाम का एक यौगिक नाइट्रिक ऑक्साइड के उत्पादन को बढ़ाता है. नाइट्रिक ऑक्साइड रक्त वाहिकाओं को विस्तारित करके रक्त संचार को नियमित करता है. ये रक्त को पम्प करके दिल पर दबाव डालता है जिससे कि ह्रदय के समग्र स्वास्थ्य में सुधार होता है.
2. आँखों के लिए
लीची में पाया जाने वाला फाइटोकेमिकल्स, एंटीऑक्सीडेंट और एंटीनाइप्लास्टिक गुणों से प्रचुर होता है. यानी ये कोशिकाओं की असामान्य वृद्धि को रोक सकता है. इससे मोतियाबिंद की संभावना भी काफी हद तक कम होती है. 
3. रक्त परिसंचरण के लिए
लीची में आयरन और कॉपर की प्रचुरता होती है. ये दोनों ही खनिज रक्त परिसंचरण से जुड़े हैं. लाल रक्त कोशिकाओं में आयरन जबकि आरबीसी के गठन में कॉपर की भूमिका होती है. इसलिए लीची के सेवन से रक्तपरिसंचरण दुरुस्त होता है और कोशिकाओं में ऑक्सिजन की आपूर्ति सुनिश्चित होती है.
4. वजन बढ़ाने में
लीची में मिठास तो भरपूर होती है लेकिन इसमें कैलोरी काफी कम मात्रा में होती है. 100 ग्राम लीची में मात्र 66 कैलोरी पाई जाती है इसलिए ये वजन कम करने वाले लोगों के लिए आदर्श खाद्य पदार्थ है. रसदार होने के कारण इसमें पानी और फाइबर भी पाया जाता है. इसमें थोड़ी वसा भी पाई जाती है.
5. पाचन तंत्र के लिए
लीची एक रेशेदार फल है, और इसलिए इसमें फाइबर की प्रचुरता होती है. फाइबर छोटी आंत की मांसपेशियों की गति को उत्तेजित करके भोजन की गुंजाइश में वृद्धि करती है. जिससे कि यह गैस्ट्रिक और पाचन के रस को उत्तेजित करता है और कब्ज एवं अन्य जठरांत्र संबंधी विकार को दूर करता है.
6. यौन इच्छाएं बढ़ाने में
लीची में पाया जाने वाला पोटेशियम, तांबा और विटामिन सी कामेच्छा को उत्तेजित करता है. इसलिए लीची के सेवन से मनुष्य में यौन इच्छाएं बढ़ती हैं. यानी आप लीची का प्रयोग एक प्राकृतिक यौन इच्छा बढ़ाने वाले दवा के रूप में भी कर सकते हैं.
7. बालों के लिए
लीची में मौजूद तमाम पोषक तत्व हमारे बालों के लिए भी काफी लाभदायक सिद्ध होते हैं. बालों को कई बाहरी समस्याओं जैसे कि तनाव या प्रदुषण का सामना करना पड़ता है. ऐसे में बाल अपनी प्राकृतिक चमक खोने लगते हैं. इसे बचाने के लिए लीची के लुग्दी से बालों को मैश करें तो फायदा होगा.
8. रक्तचाप को नियंत्रित करने में
इसमें मौजूद पोटेशियम की भरपूर मात्रा हमारे शरीर में द्रव की मात्रा को बनाए रखने में काम आती है. द्रव के संतुलन से उपापचय और रक्तचाप दोनों नियंत्रित होते हैं. पोटेशियम रक्त वाहिकाओं और धमनियों के तनाव को भी कम करता है.
9. एंटीवायरल बिमारियों में
कई शोधों में देखा गया है कि लीची एंटीवायरल बिमारियों से मुकाबला करने में सक्षम है. इसमें पाए जाने वाले प्रोएथोकेनडिंस नाम का एक पॉलिफेनॉल के कारण ऐसा हो पाता है. इसके अलावा इसमें लाइचीटैनिन ए-2 नाम का एक यौगिक भी पाया जाता है. जिससे कि वायरस को रोका जा सकता है.
10. कैंसर से बचाव में
कैंसर जैसी गंभीर बीमारियों के रोकथाम के लिए भी लीची का प्रयोग किया जा सकता है. इसके लिए भी लीची में पाया जाने वाला प्रोएथोकेनडिंस नाम का एक पॉलिफेनॉल यौगिक ही है. दरअसल ये विटामिन सी की तुलना में ज्यादा प्रभावी तरीके से मुक्त कणों को निष्क्रिय करते हैं. इसके अलावा इसमें कैंसर के खतरे को कम करने वाला कार्बनिक यौगिक भी है.
11. प्रतिरोधक क्षमता बढ़ाने में
लीची में मौजूद विटामिन सी की वजह से हमारे शरीर के प्रतिरोधक क्षमता में वृद्धि होती है. ऐसा इसलिए है क्योंकि ये एक प्रमुख एंटीऑक्सिडेंट है. ये सफ़ेद रक्त कोशिकाओं की गतिविधि को प्रोत्साहित करके प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली को मजबूत करता है.
12. त्वचा के लिए
इसमें मौजूद विटामिन इ त्वचा में निखार लाने के साथ-साथ सन बर्न, फफोले, लालिमा, दर्द और जलन जैसी समस्याओं को भी दूर करने का काम करता है. इसके अलावा ये त्वचा के दाग-धब्बों को भी दूर करता है.

लीची के नुकसान

  • शुगर के मरीज इसका प्रयोग सावधानी से करें.
  • लीची के प्रयोग से कुछ लोगों को एलर्जी भी हो सकती है.
  • ये कई बार शरीर के पोषक तत्वों को संतुलित भी कर सकती है.
  • लीची हमारे शरीर में हार्मोनल असंतुलन भी करती है.
  • गर्भवती एवं स्तनपान कराने वाली महिलाएं इसे सावधानीपूर्वक खाएं.
     

Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

Your diet is missing in multiple nutrients hence not able to protect itself from dis-eases. Your body does not get enough supply of nutrients and due to pollution (environmental, water, food, air quality, soil, chemicals used outside and inside home etc.) the nutrients are exhausted faster and the requirement increases multifolds.

The remedy is to eat as many fruits and veg in a day - fresh, juiced (but un-strained) or as mixed fruit bowl, mixed salad etc. all uncooked. Remember the antioxidants (protective nutrients – protect our body from diseases, valuable for preventing sicknesses, beneficial for protecting the body from further damage, if taken in sufficiency even reverse certain symptoms) are mostly present in foods which are in the natural form. So consume the foods the way nature produces for us.

Vitamins A, C, E & Omega are major antioxidants and should be taken in dietary and supplemental form along with Echinacea (herb) to boost the immunity, making you strong enough to fight the infections and diseases.

Therefore consume foods:

1. Rich in omega3 to counteract the inflammatory allergic response such as wall nuts, pecan nuts, flex seeds, chia seeds, mildly roasted or lightly cooked soya beans, canola oil, etc.

2. Rich in antioxidants such as all kinds of all kinds of berries strawberries, black berries, blue berries, bilberries, gooseberries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries, etc.

3. Rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients - fruits such as oranges, apples, quince, pears, custard apple, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, pomegranate, sweet lime, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, banana, apricot, lychees, rambutan, toddy fruit, plums, peach, avocado, amla, olives, cherries, watermelons, muskmelon, fig, guava, grapes etc.

4. Good food sources of other protective nutrients in different color vegetables like baby corn, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers / capsicum, cucumber, cabbage, kale, parsley, cauliflower, spinach, green onion, lettuce tomatoes, onions, radish, and more - eaten as raw - as salads....

5. Herbs such as ginger, turmeric, mint, coriander, celery etc

6. Uncooked sprouts of all the lentils. Some nutrients missing in the lentils or legumes are synthesized during the process of germination and available best in uncooked form especially for 4 from Vitamin B group, Vitamin C and many others

7. Warm decoctions such as green tea, herbal tea, tulsi tea, jeera tea, ajwain tea, methi tea, etc.

However, when you already got the health concern, your body requires more antioxidants then it would require on a regular basis. If your lungs and liver are affected then you should undergo a nutritional therapy for a certain period of time to get your health back.

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Onset Of Monsoon - Dietary Tips You Must Follow!

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara
Onset Of Monsoon - Dietary Tips You Must Follow!

Monsoons or rainy seasons is though a favourite amongst all, but it also causes a number of health problems.  So, here are some specific guidelines regarding what to eat and what not to eat during rains.

Nutritional tips in monsoon:

  1. Eat fruits as they help you restore energy. Apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears are best suggestible. 
  2. Avoid watermelon and muskmelons and also goosing on too many mangoes may cause pimples.
  3. Have medium to low salt food and avoid heavy salty food as they are responsible for high blood pressure and water retention.
  4. Eating watery foods like lassi, watermelon, rice, muskmelon creates swelling in the body. So, better opt for foods which are drying in nature like corn, gram flour, chick pea etc.
  5. Foods such as brown rice, oats, and barley are the best foods one could have in this monsoon.
  6. Body's immunity can be increased by adding a dash of garlic to the soups, stir fries and curries you intake. Opt for yogurt, curd and almonds in your diet instead of milk. 
  7. Drink only boiled and purified water to protect yourself from harmful germs and drinking plenty of water keeps your body hydrated.
  8. Vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, cluster beans, ladies finger, kidney beans, pigeon pea, and sprouted grains must be avoided. 
  9. Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria and virus that cause bacterial and viral infections.
  10. Have fresh radish juice to fight cold and cough. To reduce mucous formations add pipli and rock salt to warm water. This reduces the natural monsoon ailments. Better eat seasonal fruits as non- seasonal fruits get infested with worms during the monsoons. Pomegranates, lychees, apples, bananas are among the recommended.
  11. Avoid eating fried items, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors and stick to high quality and hygiene.
  12. Always wash vegetables well and keep them clean especially if they are taken raw. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

 

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Table of Content

Lychee
Nutritional Value of Lychee
Health Benefits of Lychee
Aids Digestion
Boosts Immunity
Effective against cancer
Has Antiviral Property
Controls Blood Pressure
Has Anti-influenza Activity
Improves Blood Circulation
Prevent Blood Vessel Rupture
Provide Instant Energy
Uses of Lychee
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lychee
Cultivation of Lychee