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LLychees are native to China and have been grown there for over 4,000 years. In North America, it is often used to flavor beverages and dishes, while it is considered sweet in China.

Lychees contain a large amount of dietary fiber. This fiber helps to bulk up your stool and increase your digestive health. Added fiber aids bowel movements passing through the digestive tract smoothly. Another bonus of fiber is stimulating the peristaltic motion of the smooth small intestine muscles. It is important because the speed of the food passing through your system is increased. Lychee fiber also helps reduce constipation and makes nutrient absorption more efficient.

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Lychees are full of Vitamin C, which is a primary antioxidant compound. Research has shown that lychee contains more than 100% of the daily requirement of vitamin C in a single serving. The added vitamin C helps stimulate the activity of white blood cells, which are essential to the immune system. The lychee also contains proanthocyanidins which researchers have found to have antiviral capabilities. One compound found in the lychee has been found to help prevent the spread or outbreak of viruses. This compound has been found to be effective against the herpes simplex virus.

Low in sodium and high in potassium, the lychee has shown promise in the battle against high blood pressure. Studies have shown that the lychee has been able to help with fluid balance, which is an essential part of metabolic functions and hypertension. Because lychees contain a lot of potassium, the fruit helps constrict blood vessels and arteries, which lowers the stress on the cardiovascular system.

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According to researchers, polyphenols and proanthocyanidins in lychees may be more potent than vitamin C at neutralizing free radicals. These compounds help to protect the body from disease and other ailments. Neutralizing free radicals is essential because they can cause various cancers, heart disease, premature aging, and other illnesses. Researchers have found a positive link between the consumption of lychee and the prevention of various cancers.

The phenolic compound has been studied in the lychee in regards to its ability to improve circulation, help with weight loss and perhaps its ability Studies have been done on the phenolic chemical in lychee, which may promote circulation, aid weight loss, and even protect the skin from UV rays. Copper, an essential mineral for developing red blood cells, is also found in lychee. The additional copper from lychee has been found to aid blood circulation and cell oxygenation.

 

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