Health

Lychee love

Some people say lychee (lee-chee). I say lychee (lie-chee). But however you pronounce the name of this heart-shaped fruit from China, it’s great for your heart.

When French scientists recently measured the heart-helping polyphenol content of these fruits, lychees were bested only by strawberries. Grapes came in third.

In addition to impressive amounts of polyphenols, lychees also have heart-smart vitamin C and potassium. Potassium is one of the minerals to regulate blood pressure. So if you have high blood pressure, the right foods may help bring it down. When researchers compared potassium chloride, the kind in some blood pressure medications, and potassium citrate, the all-natural form in fruits and vegetables, they found both types significantly lowered blood pressure in people with hypertension. In addition to lychees, you’ll find potassium in bananas, orange juice, apricots and melon.

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