Lychee (also called litchi) originates from China. Like most fruits, lychee also has several health benefits. But is it good for people with kidney disease?
Nutrient contents of lychee
Lychee contains different types of nutrition and vitamins. One cup of fresh lychee contains 136 mg of vitamin C, which is 226 percent of the daily value, 300 mg of potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, copper and dietary fiber.
Health benefits of Lychee
1. Rich vitamin C can help rid the body of free radicals that contribute to disease and aging and boost your immune system.
2. Potassium is an electrolyte which helps balance fluid and blood pressure. But you should limit the intake for its high content. Too much potassium intake will cause irregular heart rhythm, weakness and so on.
3. B vitamins in lychee, such as riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and folate are required for the formation of red blood cells and metabolic processes. This can protect the kidney disease patients from anemia.
4. Along with zinc, copper boosts the effectiveness of vitamin D, which usually increases the assimilation of calcium. Kidney disease patients often suffer from renal osteopathy. Eating lychee is helpful for maintaining healthy bones.
5. High amount of dietary fiber can promote cardiovascular health, a common complication of kidney disease. Lychee has proved to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. It improves the blood flow towards the heart and reduces the risk of heart attack.
As you can see, lychee has many health benefits and we should try using these natured medicines in daily. But how many lychees you can eat should depend on your own medical condition. You had better consult a dietitian. A proper diet can slow down your kidney disease progression to kidney failure, so you should not take it lightly.