Cantaloupe

The other day at the market I decided to purchase a canteloupe.  It’s not a fruit I would generally purchase but I thought it would be a nice change from my usual berries and apples.  As with all things I put in my body, I wanted to know what goodness I was going to get out of eating this lucious looking melon.

I came across an interesting article “16 Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe This Summer”.  This article answered all of my questions.  Knowing more about the cantaloupe and how good it is for me, I enjoyed eating it even more than I would have not having this information.

Taking portions of this article I found, below I share with you what I have learned about the cantaloupe.

The melon is a very sweet and juicy fruit loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and very few calories.  Eating a generous serving of cantaloupe will give you a good dose of vitamin A and C, potassium etc.

  • Cantaloupe contains adenosine which is a compound that helps as a blood thinner and anti-coagulant.  This is good in preventing blood clots.
  • Cantaloupe contains a good dose of vitamin C which is a good cold and flu fighter but it also acts as a blood vessel relaxant helping to prevent arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
  • The vitamin A and C in cantaloupe are antioxidants cleansing the body of damaging free radicals which, left unchecked could lead to the growth of cancer cells.
  • The vitamin A in cantaloupe helps maintain good eyesight and lessen your chances of developing cataracts.
  • Eating cantaloupe is good for your cholesterol levels.
  • Cantaloupe are good food to promote healthy glowing skin.  The vitamins A & C are great skin rejuvenators.  The high water content of this melon keeps your skin hydrated.
  • The potassium in cantaloupes helps to counteract sodium and stabilize blood pressure.
  • Cantaloupe strengthen your immune system
  • Cantaloupe contain inositol which is a B vitamin that can induce sleep and help with insomnia.  Eat some canteloupe shortly before bed and have a good nights sleep without drugs.
  • Canteloupe has been shown to help women who suffer menstrual cramping.
  • Frequent consumption of this lucious melon can help eliminate “metabolic syndrome” which is a precursor to diabetes and heart disease.
  • The potassium in cantaloupe can help prevent muscle cramping.
  • Eating cantaloupe is very beneficial to the health of a pregnant female and her baby.
  • Cantaloupe’s potassium boosts the oxygen to the brain and helps alleviate stress.
  • Eating cantaloupe helps to reduce water retention.

With all of these benefits, I’m going to start buying and enjoying more cantaloupe in my diet.  I may even try adding it to my smoothie for the water content, instead of actual water.  Why not.  Can’t hurt.

Enjoy fresh fruit this summer.  Step out of your comfort zone and try fruits you don’t normally reach for.  Variety is good for your health.

Enjoy your summer.

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