Cantaloupe is also known as cantloup, cantelope, honeydew, muskmelon, or cucumis melon a species in family cucurbitacae. Its weight ranges from 5kg to 500g. Cantaloupe is an orange fleshed, netted melon. It contain more nutrients and less calories. It’s concentrated with high levels of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene. It also has high levels of thiamine, pyridoxine, pantothenic and niacin. It is highly concentrated with anti-oxidants which are vital in prevention of heart disease and cancer. To obtain the best cantaloupe, select those with a blemish free skin, firm and with even netting. To preserve them, the uncut cantaloupe should be washed under running water and refrigerated. These fruits are available in the market throughout the year. Below are the 5 surprising health benefits of cantaloupe.
Great news for the parents with children who refuse to drink water. Cantaloupe contain ninety percent water though their subtle and refreshing taste cloaks the water content. This fruit is therefore a good lunch box snack for both you and your kids during the warmer months. This will help you get fuel enough and well hydrated for any activity.
Cantaloupe has beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is a nutrient which magically gives fruits their respective colors. Talk of sweet potatoes, oranges, pumpkins, and carrots among others. Rock melon however contains about 30 times beta-carotene as compared to oranges. This nutrient has proved to be so important to children in that it is a precursor to vitamin A. Cantaloupe can therefore boast all the various functions of vitamin A such as lowering the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, cataracts in the eyes and decreased inflammation. In addition, these fruits have good taste.
Packed with nutrients
Cantaloupes are the best source of potassium and vitamin A and C. These minerals are essential for water balance in the body and are found in body cells. Vitamin A is vital for skin growth, cell growth, cell division, bone growth, good vision and supports your body’s immune system by improving the lymphocytes. A 240 grams cantaloupe contains 20% vitamin A which is the recommended daily intake. In addition, cantaloupe has a good level of both vitamin B6 and C. The ascorbic acid is well known for boosting of the immune system and iron absorption. Its seeds are loaded with magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin E and antioxidants. They are also good for flu and cold season. Magnesium regulates blood pressure, improves bone density, cardiovascular function and reduces the danger of developing type 2 diabetes. Cantaloupe has been used for the treatment of depression, migraines and insomnia. Cantaloupe seed consumptions are endless. You can consume them raw or even roast in the oven. My preferred consumption of cantaloupe seed is tossing them into a smoothie.
Cantaloupe also serve as anti-coagulant. This is a rare compound which helps in the minimization of the blood viscosity hence prevent the formation of blood clots in cardiovascular system. It also prevents arteriosclerosis, a condition caused by the hardening of the blood vessels hindering the transportation of blood and oxygen to the other parts of the body. This rare fruit also reduces menstruation problems and heavy clotting in women. It is therefore advisable for the ladies to drink cantaloupe juice around their menstruation time. This will reduce the sudden and involuntary contraction of one’s muscle. Cantaloupe has high content of folate which prevent neural tube defects and miscarriage in women. It also help in the synthesis of collage hence help your skin look bright and appear glowing.
Helps maintain a balanced cholesterol level
Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance made in the cells and the liver. It is also found in foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. The body require a limited amount of cholesterol for proper functioning. However, when it is too much, it leads to development of health problems such as heart disease. Eating cantaloupe which is high in anti-oxidant fight oxidative stress which is the main cause of the oxidization of LDL in the blood.
Maintains healthy pregnancy
Folic acid prevents the development of neural tube defects to infants. Folate also helps to prevent miscarriage and birth defects such as spina bifida hence pregnant women are advised to frequently consume cantaloupe which are rich in folic acid, a soluble form of vitamin B.