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Impressive Benefits of Eating Longan

Boasted as the poorer cousin of the more admired lychee and affectionately referred to as its ‘little brother’ the importance of longan is less inconsequential than its other varieties. Also popular as “dragon’s eye”, this little looking fruit has more to claim than just its tropical status. It is so called because, the translucent white flesh covering the black shiny seed resemblance the eyeball of an oriental dragon.

IMPRESSIVE BENEFITS OF EATING LONGAN

Boasted as the poorer cousin of the more admired lychee and affectionately referred to as its ‘little brother’ the importance of longan is less inconsequential than its other varieties. Also popular as “dragon’s eye”, this little looking fruit has more to claim than just its tropical status. It is so called because, the translucent white flesh covering the black shiny seed resemblance the eyeball of an oriental dragon.

This thin yellow-brown leathery fruit with juicy translucent flesh and a single seed has been a cherished fruit in China for centuries now and have served as a premier ingredient in most oriental and Asiatic cuisines. Native to Southern China and South East Asia, this musky, juicy and sweet fruit outranks most tropical foods in taste and smell and comes loaded with delightful nutritional benefits and health gains.

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This humble looking fruit that generally grows in clusters is distributed as a gastric, antipyretic and vermifuge, and is touted high as an antidote for poison. In South Vietnam, the longan seed is used to treat snake bites and paralyze the effect of poison in the body. Everything, right from its kernel to fat is known to aid the body in many ways.

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Nutrition

Amount of Longan: 1 fruit

Total Weight of Longan: 3 g

Nutrient – Amount

Basic Components

? Water 2.5 g

Calories

? Total Calories 1.8

? Calories from carbohydrates 1.6

? Calories from protein 0.1

Carbohydrates

? Total Carbohydrates 0.5 g

Vitamins

? Vitamin C 2.5 mg

Minerals

? Magnesium 0.3 mg

? Phosphorous 0.6 mg

? Potassium 8.9 mg

Health Benefits

? The fragrant, succulent and sweet longans have more health benefits to their advantage than known to most of us. This fleshy tropical fruit can be consumed to eliminate every kind of stomach ache and infections and boosts immunity too.

? These cousins of lychees are known to do wonders for the nervous system and are useful as an anti-depressant. Besides its calming effect on the nerves, they are known to boost nerve function, reduce irritability and relieve fatigue. Longans are also known to cure insomnia and neurasthenic neurosis.

? Longans are known to promote wound healing and increase longevity. It helps to fight against the free radicals in the body and protect the cell from damage. Studies reveals that it helps lower the risk of certain types of cancer and boost cell production too.

? Longans are known to replenish blood and are excellent cure for anemia. They are also known to boost iron absorption in the body.

? Longans are believed to benefit cardiac heath too, by reducing tension and fatigue, they provide relief in heart problems and play an essential role to keep the blood pressure balance.

? Longans are known to do wonders for the skin. They are popular as an anti-aging fruit and are known to boost skin health. Longan is especially found to benefit the skin around the eyes, reduce cracking and peeling of skin and improve one’s complexion.

? This tasty, sweet fruit is known to benefit vision, cure gums and teeth problems and also deal effectively with oral sores and cracks.

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Note: Longan can be additive. The more you eat, the more you want! Just use both your thumb's nail to press the thin shell open. It is sweet and soft but not as juicy as lychee. It is great for snacking when being a couch potato.

Reference:

http://fruitspecies.blogspot.com/longan.html

http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/longan.htm

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-longan-10073.html

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Comments (7)
Ranked #9 in Nutrition

What an interesingly unusual fruit. I am not at all familiar with this except from your great composition that supplies me with lots.

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Thanks always for your support Roberta.

Great work and very informative.thanks

A very interesting and informative article Ron. I had never heard of this fruit before. I'm going to have to look into this further, see if it is available here in the States.

i tried eating the fruit but its really bland, however, I might try again after reading this article.

Ranked #1 in Nutrition

Thanks everyone for the thoughtful reactions, appreciated.

Ranked #11 in Nutrition

I've never heard of this. It looks a bit creepy, but sounds delicious. I would love to try it!

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