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Gift for a joyful life ~ Lychee

Posted by Tanya on June 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Lychee from Chinese Li Zhi He is translated as 'Gift for a Joyful life', and surely lives up to its name. Besides being a superfruit, lychee contains vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy diet, fight against various diseases and is known for treating skin care, child growth, and strengthening the body. 


It's structure is a dupe; oval, heart-shaped or nearly round, and the fruit has a close resemblance to Longan and Rambutan fruits: 

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Medicinal Properties of Lychee

It is sweet and warm in Nature, and is known to influence the Liver and Stomach meridians/channels in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Its function is to regulate the Qi and stop pain - abdominal and epigastric pain due to Liver Qi stagnation, PMS pain, and post-partum pain due to Qi and Blood stagnation.


Lychee can also disperse Cold and stagnation - hernia and testicular pain due to Cold in the Liver channel - for example.


The fruit is delicious to savor, and within the pulp there is a single, glossy-brown nut-like seed, but the seeds are poisonous and should not be eatenUnder the care of a trained herbalist, the seed of lychee contains astringent properties which can be utilized for intestinal tract problems and freeing the body of intestinal worms.


Lychee contains soluble fiber which controls bowel problems and keep the stomach free from toxic compounds and help to clean the colon.


It is believed that the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty would dispatch royal guards some 600 miles to pick lychee in an effort to woo his concubine, to entice her with the sweet fragrant flesh of the lychee fruit. Today, the lychee fruit in China as a result of such legend, is now a symbol of romance and love.

 

Heart Disease:

Li Zhi He (Lychee) normalizes the blood pressure and heart rate thereby protecting against stroke and coronary heart diseases. 1 glass of lychee juice daily normalizes the heartbeat. Lychee contains the second highest degree of polyphenols which promotes heart health. The anti-oxidant present in lychee improves immunity, slows down the advancement of cataracts and protects against cardiovascular disease.

 

Vitamin C:

Lychee is a great source of vitamin C - a vitamin that the body does not produce naturally. Vitamin C is helps the body to fight heart disease and cancer, is good for our bones, tissue and skin, and therefore is a very important vitamin to our overall health.


Through the high content of vitamin C the fruit benefits those suffering from colds, fevers, and sore throats.

 

Aids digestion:

Lychee keeps the digestion strong, maintains a clean stomach, improves appetite and cures heartburn and burning sensation in the stomach. It also enhances the energy levels in the body and contributes to the well being of the family. 


Contraindications

There are no known contraindications.

 


Lychee berry Smoothie

  • I cup of fresh lychee fruit
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
Give ingredients a whirl in the blender and serve immediately.


References

This article was written using the following sources:

 

Categories: Nutrition & Whole Food Healing, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

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8 Comments

Reply Tanya
10:13 PM on July 6, 2013 
[Nadine Nicholson]
Tanya, I haven't yet tried lychee but you make them sound wonderful. I'll keep my eye out for them and give them a shot!

Yes please try them Nadine, they are brilliant in taste. Good for our glow also; thanks for your post! ;)
Reply Tanya
10:12 PM on July 6, 2013 
[Dana Goldstein]
I love lychee - I have since I was about 12 years old. I used to find it in every supermarket in BC, but I find it a little harder to find here. Thanks for the smoothie suggestion - I just dug out my blender to start making some summer treats.

I would imagine Dana that the markets in BC would produce some of the tastiest lychee in Canada! Blenders are a God-sent during the summer months! Enjoy :)
Reply Tanya
10:10 PM on July 6, 2013 
[Josephene Juell]
I've never had a lychee berry-I'll have to try and keep my eye out for them!

Especially right now the lychee berries are in season and soooo juicy and tasty Josephene, please let me know what you think!
Reply Nadine Nicholson
12:51 PM on June 27, 2013 
Tanya, I haven't yet tried lychee but you make them sound wonderful. I'll keep my eye out for them and give them a shot!
Reply Tanya
11:20 AM on June 27, 2013 
[Laura Buckholz]
Wonderful properties! Can the juice be just as good? as the fruit is never available.

Thanks for posting Laura! No I wouldn't recommend the lychee syrup - it isn't as as healthy and loses some of its healing property when canned in syrup. My preference? I like to pit and freeze bags of lychee to have at my disposal over the fall/winter months; or June thru August I'll buy fresh and can them in their juice. I just bought a bag last week from the grocery store, so I'd recommend heading over during the next couple months.
Reply Laura Buckholz
11:01 AM on June 27, 2013 
Wonderful properties! Can the juice be just as good? as the fruit is never available.
Reply Josephene Juell
8:17 PM on June 26, 2013 
I've never had a lychee berry-I'll have to try and keep my eye out for them!
Reply Dana Goldstein
11:15 PM on June 25, 2013 
I love lychee - I have since I was about 12 years old. I used to find it in every supermarket in BC, but I find it a little harder to find here. Thanks for the smoothie suggestion - I just dug out my blender to start making some summer treats.