The Anti-Aging Fruit That Promotes Weight Loss and Better Skin

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Lychee fruit is not extremely popular here in the United States, but it definitely should be. Lychee is grown in subtropical and tropical regions and are native to Southern China.

Lychee is rich in vitamin C, copper, phosphorus and polyphenols that have multiple systemic benefits. Oligonol is a substance created from these lychee fruit polyphenols.  Rich in nutrients, the lychee fruit provides numerous benefits for your skin, hair and overall health.

Here are some of these benefits:

Better Skin:

Age increases your exposure to free radicals, which increase oxidative stress and impact your skin, causing wrinkles and telltale signs of aging. Because the lychee fruit is rich in antioxidants, it helps prevent skin damage. In addition, their high vitamin C content helps reduce signs of hyperpigmentation such as acne scars, melasma and age spots and promotes skin healing.

Hair Health:

Lychee fruit is high in copper, which hair follicles require to grow and promote healthy hair. Copper peptides help to reduce the resting phase of hair growth and enlarge hair follicles. Its high vitamin C content promotes greater shine and luster.

Cardiovascular Health: Oligonol from lychee fruit helps to promote the creation of Nitric Oxide in the body, which is a vasodilator, helping to increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels. This takes stress off the blood vessels and heart, which may help those with heart disease and also serve as a preventative measure in slowing the progression of heart disease.

Improved Digestion: Because the lychee fruit is high in fiber and water, it helps move the digestive tract and regulate bowel movement, providing natural help to those with chronic constipation and other digestive issues. Lychee also helps to increase gastric and digestive juices to help with digestion and nutrient absorption.

Immune function: One component of the lychee fruit, Lycheetannin A2, helps prevent the spread of certain viruses, including the flu and herpes viruses. Oligonol has also been proven to stop the replication of some viruses.

Circulation: Because the lychee fruit is high in magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, folate, and vitamin C it helps in the creation of red blood cells. More red blood cells equate to increased systemic oxygenation and improved overall blood circulation.

Weight loss and Energy: Lychee fruit is rich with cofactors that serve as catalysts for various enzymatic reactions. Because of this, it is instrumental in collagen and carnitine production, both of which are required to break down fat and sustain energy. Lychee’s high fiber content also helps with weight loss by improving digestion and reducing bloating. Toting only 66 calories per fruit, it makes a healthy snack with a multitude of nutritional benefits.

Blood pressure: Lychee fruit helps to balance potassium and sodium levels in the blood, so it helps maintain proper blood pressure. In addition, potassium relaxes blood vessels, which further helps control hypertension and edema.  

Increased Libido: It’s not just oysters that are known to increase libido. Lychee fruit boosts your libido due to its copper, vitamin C and potassium content. Because Oligonol increases Nitric Oxide levels, a known vasodilator, eating Lychee fruit may also help manage sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction.

Manage Diabetes: The benefits of polyphenols in lychee fruit have been the interest of various studies, including one published in 2013 in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which examined the fruit’s ability to lower blood glucose levels. Oligonol many help diabetics with vascular-related issues, such as peripheral artery disease. Lychee also has inflammation-fighting properties and reduces oxidative stress, which are issues associated with diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. (Because lychee fruit does contain a high content of natural sugars, if you are diabetic, you may wish to consult your healthcare practitioner before consuming. Moderate consumption of lychee fruit by diabetics was not reported as an issue in the study.)

Lychee Fruit in the Supplement World: MicroActive Oligonol:

Derived from lychee fruit extract and green tea, Oligonol is the world’s first low-molecular-weight polyphenol and winner of the prestigious Nutracon “Top Evidence-Backed Product of the Year” Award. Unlike other antioxidant formulas and skin supplements, our antioxidant complex uses clinically studied ingredients backed by 30 human clinical trials with multiple anti-aging benefits. It addresses the three major causes of aging: poor blood circulation, cell oxidation and inflammation. Oligonol has been clinically shown to:

  • Support healthy post-meal blood glucose and lipid levels
  • Reduce visceral fat
  • Lessen skin wrinkles and brown spots
  • Help decrease fatigue and improves endurance

Our MicroActive Oligonol is a 12-hour sustained release vegan formula to support weight loss. This unique formula has 2.39x GREATER bioavailability than regular Oligonol – which means you only need ONE CAPSULE per day to get an equivalent of 239mg Oligonol (the clinical dose required for visceral belly fat reduction)