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Cantaloupe Fruit Health Benefits

Cantaloupes are also commonly known as muskmelons, mush melons, rock melons and Persian melons. They are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in cantaloupe all support heart health.

 

Consuming foods that are high in potassium can help to decrease blood pressure. Getting enough potassium is almost as important as decreasing sodium intake for treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure).

 

Foods that are high in potassium include cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, oranges, spinach and bananas.

 

Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in cantaloupe that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

 

Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.

 

It is a moderate source of electrolyte, potassium. 100 g fruit provides 267 mg of this electrolyte. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

 

It thus offers protection against stroke, and coronary heart diseases.

 

Cantaloupes range in colour from orange-yellow to salmon and have a soft and juicy texture with a sweet, musky aroma that emanates through the melon when it is ripe.

 

Cantaloupe is a Super food for skin because just one serving (1/4 medium melon) is an excellent source of vitamins A and vitamin C.

 

These vitamins encourage the skin cell turnover and supports the formation of collagen the connective tissues that give your skin its elasticity and youthful fullness.

 

Cantaloupe consumed on its own makes for a convenient and healthy snack, but the melon complements the flavours of a range of other meals and snacks.

 

Potassium also helps support your metabolism, activating enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into usable fuel for your cells.

 

It also contributes to electrochemical nerve impulses and muscle contractions.

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