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.

A glass of yellow-colored tea topped with mint and fruit, placed on a wooden platform

A cool glass of flavor and goodness. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Lychee Tea Nutrition

This tea has a good nutritional profile, with 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, aid in weight loss, and protect the heart, among others.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

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

Strengthens 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.

Anticancer Potential

Lychee, scientifically known as Litchi chinensis, was observed to have antitumor properties in a 2017 study published in the Nutrients journal. While further studies are required to fully explore its anticancer potential, these properties are being attributed to the bioactive compounds in the seeds, pulps, as well as the peel.

Aids in Digestion

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

Helps Weight Loss

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

How to Make Lychee Tea?

Lychee tea can be made in different ways. You can either use 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.

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Refreshing Lychee Tea Recipe

The perfect beverage for the summer!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: lychee, lychee iced tea, lychee tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of lychee syrup
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2-3 black tea bags

Instructions

  • To make lychee tea, remove the skin and chop the lychee fruits.
  • Press and crush them to a pulp.
  • Add a small amount of water and strain the juice out through a cheesecloth.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove.
  • Add 2-3 black tea bags and allow them to steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the lychee juice. Steep for another 1-2 minutes, then take it down from the stove. Allow it to cool and refrigerate it for a few hours till it's cold enough to be served.

Notes

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, you might experience some side effects, especially due to the caffeine content. 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 troubles.

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    John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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