If you live in tropical Asia, you’re probably familiar with a fruit called “Lychee”… For those that do not, the Lychee fruit is a small, round member of the soapberry family which grows on extremely tall trees (around 50 feet in height).  Although the fruit is now cultivated worldwide, it’s origins are in China, South-East Asia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India.

Besides being delicious to eat, they also provide several health benefits, five of which we’ll now describe.

1. Lychee Contains Several Important Vitamins and Nutrients
The Lychee fruit contain high levels of cancer-fighting/immunity boosting Vitamin C…you won’t have to eat many of them to reach the daily required amount either.  Lychee also contains Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Calcium, and Selenium…all of which are good for the body.

2. Kids Love Lychee (psst…and it’s good for them, too)
Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium are all great for kids…Calcium will help with the development of bones and teeth while Phosphorus and Magnesium are utilized by every cell in the body of a developing child.  If you don’t tell them that they are eating something that is good for them, they’ll eat the entire box!

3. Lychee Is Used to Relieve a Stubborn Cough
It’s true!  Rather than overusing often mind-altering over-the-counter cough medications, try eating some Lychee…the Chinese swear by it!  Besides providing cough relief, they’ve also been thought to be useful in reducing amounts of tumor and gland swelling.

4. Fungi Beware:  This Fruit May Kill You
Both Lychee and Mangosteen contain a strain of yeast known as Saccharomyces Boulardii which is a known combatant to the pathogenic Candida Albicans which can cause various types of infections.

5. They’re Fat Free!
You can eat as many Lychee fruits as you would like, and you won’t have to worry about your trainer down at the gym running you through the mill on Monday!

6. Charge Your Batteries
Lychee has been found to enrich people’s blood, which also reportedly increases people’s energy levels.  Although not critical to children, enriched blood and increased energy is extremely helpful for the weak and the elderly.

Lychee can be found in the produce department of many local grocery stores.  In the case that you cannot find fresh Lychee, you can also find them in a can at many grocery stores.