Superfood Spotlight on: Longan Fruit
What You Should Know: These exotic and translucent little fruits are also called euphoria fruit – and with good reason: longan fruit have long been part of traditional Chinese tonics for anti-aging and sexual health. Longan fruit – not to be confused with logan berries – can be found growing throughout Southeast Asia, but are rare to find in the United States. The best way to get your hands on these superfruits are in the very tonics the Chinese have used for centuries. However, since these strange fruits have the look of peeled grapes and the taste of lychee, your curiosity may get the best of you – and in that case we suggest hunting them down at your city’s Asian market. If you find them in your town – we want to know about it! Pass on your tips below for other readers.
Why You Should Use It: In traditional Chinese medicine, longan fruit are used as a tonic for the heart, to improve eye function, relieve stress and give skin the glow. Women hoping to beautify and boost their sex drive might find this fruit the perfect tonic. As for standard nutritional qualifications, longan fruit’s got that too: iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium can be found in the fruit, as well as vitamins A and C. Recent studies have also identified gallic acid, corilagin and ellagic acid in the fruit, which may bolster the fruit’s reputation as a health-boosting superfruit .
Let’s Get Together: We love Ron Teegarden’s Dragon Herbs for their tonic herbal formulas. If you can make it in to one of their tea and tonic bars their educated staff can help in pin-pointing herbal formulas just for you. A beautifying longan fruit tonic we love is Dragon Herbs’ Magu’s Secret. The herbs cleanse the blood, harmonize hormones and enrich the skin. For other herbal tonics that include longan fruit see the list in Dragon Herbs online shop here.