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Cantaloupe Health Benefits

Cantaloupeis a type of melon that belongs to the cucumber family. This fruit is light yellow to orange in colour, sometimes with a deeper salmon hue and like other melons it also grows on the ground surface as a trailing vine.

 

Cantaloupes have a round or oblong shape, a soft consistency and juicy texture with a sweet musky aroma which is best found in completely ripe fruits.

 

Aside from being a significant source of vitamin A, cantaloupes are also good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which functions in the water-soluble parts of the body.

 

As you know, antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals spread damage to your cells, causing diseases and signs of aging.

 

Cantaloupes are also rich in a compound called adenosine. Adenosine is typically administered to patients who have heart disease since this compound has blood-thinning properties.

 

When your blood is thin, you can prevent blood-clotting in the cardiovascular system.

 

The fruit’s soft, juicy pulp and sweet flavour also make it the perfect substitute for high-calorie sugary snacks and desserts.

 

Cantaloupe also offers heath benefits because of its potassium content. Potassium helps support your metabolism, activating enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into usable fuel for your cells.

 

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.

 

Cantaloupe is rich in beta carotenes which help in maintaining healthy eyesight. On absorption by the body, these beta carotenes get converted into Vitamin A which helps in preventing cataract and improving vision.

 

Regular intake of cantaloupe replenishes the body from the loss of vitamin A over a period due to continuous smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

 

This helps in rejuvenating the lungs and is particularly beneficial for smokers whose lungs have been immensely damaged due to smoking.

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