Lychee is a tropical fruit with potential health benefits. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
It may also have anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective qualities, among other things.
Keep reading to learn more about the health benefits of lychee fruit, including its nutritional profile.
Lychees are the fruit of the evergreen tree Litchi chinensis, which grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions. China is the primary producer of the fruit, followed by India.
The history and cultivation of lychees go back as far as
Lychee fruits have a tough inedible skin that is red or pink when ripe. The pale edible flesh inside surrounds an inedible brown seed.
People know Litchi chinensis by
- lychee nut
- Chinese cherry
The fruit has a sweet floral flavor, and people typically eat it fresh or canned. Manufacturers use lychee to make ice creams, juice, and sauces. It is also available in some Asian supermarkets in dried form.
|Nutrition||Per 100 g of lychee|
|Vitamin C||71.5 mg|
100 g of lychee contains 95% of the daily vitamin C requirement for adult females and 79% of the requirement for adult males.
Lychee also contains smaller amounts of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium.
Consuming lychee canned in syrup, lychee juice, or lychee desserts, however, may take someone over the 10% of daily calories as added sugars limit that experts recommend.
- anti-angiogenic, which means preventing tumors from growing blood vessels
- anti-carcinogenic, which means inhibiting or preventing cancer
Proanthocyanidins are also present in other fruits such as apples, blueberries, and grapes.
According to a
However, it’s important to note that someone may not get the same benefits from eating the fruits as scientists achieved with laboratory-produced extracts.
People who are eating typical amounts of ripe lychees should be fine, but those who are on medications for diabetes should be cautious.
People who are taking the following
- anticoagulants such as warfarin or heparin
- antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- anticancer agents
- cardiovascular agents
- cholesterol- or lipid-lowering agents
- immune-modulating agents
- pain relievers
- herbal supplements such as Ginkgo biloba
There have also been some rare cases of people having allergic reactions to lychee fruit, as noted by an older
Fresh lychee counts towards the two cups per day of fruit that experts recommend. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and also contains fiber and other vitamins and minerals.
The plant compounds in lychee have antioxidant properties which are beneficial to health.
A person should avoid eating too many processed lychee foods or drinks as they contain added sugars. People taking medications should also check with their doctor before consuming moderate or large amounts of lychee.