SLH Thailand Longan 泰国龙眼

Sometimes called a berry and sometimes called a nut, longan is actually neither. Instead, it is a fruit related to the lychee. Longans grow in clusters on trees. The fruit is very round and about the size of a large grape. Beneath the tough, tan shell, you'll find the white flesh of the fruit surrounding a dark seed. This structure is the source of its nickname, dragon's eye. The flesh of longan fruit resembles that of a grape in taste and texture, but longan has a hint of musk in the flavor.

Health Benefits:

Fresh longan fruit is high in vitamin C, as most fruits are — which is one reason why fruit is so vital in a healthy diet. One serving of longan provides almost a full day's requirement. A longan’s unique appearance and taste may tempt your appetite and lead you to eat more fruit. Nutritionists point out that eating a variety of fruits gives you a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Because it’s rich in vitamin C and other nutrients, longan can provide these health benefits:

Tissue Health

When that cut on your finger finally heals, you can thank vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is vital for tissue health and promotes healing of cuts and wounds. It also helps the body create collagen, a tough substance that is part of muscles, cartilage, skin, bones, and almost every other part of the body. Vitamin C keeps your teeth and gums healthy too.

Heart Health

Some studies have suggested that because vitamin C is an antioxidant, and can contribute to heart health. It may reduce stiffening of the arteries, which is a feature of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C supplements do not seem to have this effect. Getting vitamin C from plant sources, such as longan, appears to be a better path to heart health. More research could show exactly how vitamin C might protect the heart.

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