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Litchee, Litchi chinensis / Sapindaceae
Benefits for the health
The litchee is a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, some of the vitamin B complexes and vitamin C. The minerals are nutrients needed in the metabolic processes. The potassium takes part in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates.

Calcium is fundamental to maintain the bones and for growth in general. Apart from the structural functions, it takes part in the functions of the nervous system as well. The zinc takes part in the synthesis of DNA. An appropriate consumption of vitamin C provides many benefits for the body, reducing the risk of contracting different types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerosis.
Popular tradition
The litchee has multiple healing properties. For such purposes, people use the fruit, the bone, the rind and the roots, and they are both applied externally or internally. They heal, among many others, stomach aches, hernias and throat sore.

In China, to where the litchee is native, people confer many medicinal properties to this fruit. The pulp of the litchee produces corporal fluids and favours the blood. It is a good anti-inflammatory, recommended in case of polydipsia, hiccup, stomach ache, carbuncle, tooth ache, external haemorrhages and hernias. The rind is good for dysentery and eczemas, whereas the stone and the bark of the root are used to heal hernias, swellings and throat sore.

It may be consumed boiled or macerated in wine. In order to use them externally, they are mashed and we can use the paste, or we can also make a powder with them. The rind, stone and root are cooked.
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