5 Amazing Benefits of Lychee Tea

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Drinking lychee tea is a refreshingly sweet and surprisingly healthy beverage using an exotic, nutrient-dense fruit.

What is Lychee Tea?

Lychee tea is a fruit tea that consists of lychee fruit, juice, flower petals or extracts mixed with traditional black tea. The lychee fruit grows on a tree that is the only member of the Litchi genus, which may explain the fruits’ truly unique appearance. This tree is native to a limited number of Chinese provinces and has been used in traditional medicine throughout history.

Lychee tea is often brewed as an iced tea to make a summer beverage, but it can also be served warm. Since it does include traditional black tea, there will be caffeine in this tea, but the sweetness of the fruit will minimize much of the astringency in this drink. As this fruit became more popular as an export around the world, the popularity of this tea also grew.

Lychee Tea Nutrition

This tea has a good nutritional profile, with very high levels of potassium, and good amounts of polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids, and beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C and assorted B vitamins.

Lychee Tea Benefits

The most notable benefits of lychee tea include its ability to ease digestion, prevent certain cancers, aid in weight loss, and protect the heart, among others.

Heart Health

High levels of potassium mean that this tea can help to lower blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Immune System

This tea provides a major immune system bump in the form of vitamin C, helping to stimulate white blood cell production and protect against the common cold and flu.

Cancer

With three different types of antioxidants in this tea, it is known to reduce oxidative stress and prevent cellular mutation, which can lead to cancer.

Digestion

This tea was often consumed following a large meal, as the caffeine and antioxidants were believed to speed and smooth the digestive process.

Weight Loss

Caffeinated beverages can stimulate the metabolism, thus helping to burn fat faster and aid in weight loss goals.

How to Make Lychee Tea?

Lychee tea can be made in a number of ways, either with the extracted juice of the fruit, or even the fruit themselves. In traditional use, sometimes only the flower petals were blended in with the tea for a more subtle sweetness. Presented below is more of a basic recipe.

  • Step 1: Remove the skin and chop the lychee fruits.
  • Step 2: Press and crush them to a pulp.
  • Step 3: Add a small amount of water and strain the juice out through a cheesecloth.
  • Step 4: Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove.
  • Step 5: Add 2-3 black tea bags and allow them to steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Step 6: Add the lychee juice.
  • Step 7: Steep for another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and serve!

Note: You can garnish this tea with fresh, whole lychee fruit, tapioca pearls, or a bit of milk, depending on your preference.

Side Effects

If you drink this tea in excess, the main side effects will come from the caffeine content, so this tea should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as those with nervous disorders or who want to reduce their caffeine intake. Some allergies to lychee exist, but they are rare and would result in mild to moderate gastrointestinal side effects.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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