Cantaloupe Health Benefits

nutrient-filled cantaloupe=cantaloupe health benefitsThis nutrient-packed fruit is not only tasty and juicy but

it also packs a wallop when it comes to the cantaloupe health benefits.

The cantaloupe is easy to eat…or drink as a juice.  It has a delicious sweetish rich taste and when ripe is extremely juicy—exactly what’s needed to take away that hungry and/or thirsty feeling which nothing else seems to satisfy.

More importantly, this fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants plus more which are absolutely necessary for excellent  health.

Here is a short list of some of the cantaloupe health benefits.

Antioxidants

the nutrient-filled cantaloupe has so many health benefitseAn important item which accounts for a lot of the canteloupe health benefits  is its Vitamin C content.  A half cup of cantaloupe (100 grams) has 36.7 mg of vitamin C ….  almost half of what is required by a woman and one third of the amount needed by men. One small cantaloupe has approximately 162 mg of vitamin C, so if a person ate even half a cantaloupe, one would have more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

When talking about cantaloupe health benefits, why is Vitamin C  so important,  you ask?

Well, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your cells from those free radicals which damage cellular structure or even alter DNA.   Another Vitamin C benefit is that it alters bad LDL cholesterol oxidization thus preventing the artery walls from getting clogged up with cholesterol; therefore, the blood can flow more freely to the cells.  In other words, vitamin C can help reduce “high cholesterol” problems.

OK, so cantaloupe has a lot of an anti-oxidant called vitamin C. But what else accounts for the cantaloupe health benefits?

Vitamin C is not the only “anti-oxidant” found in the cantaloupe.  Add to that Vitamin C other powerful antioxidants such as beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin which can help eliminate those free radicals that destroy the body cells.

Furthermore, zeaxanthin, a carotenoid, is important as its job is specifically to enter the retinal macula lutea in the eye and protect it from macular degeneration.

Imagine the advantages of eating cantaloupe which is packed with Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants which, according to Rise University, can not only beat cholesterol but also offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers as well as heart disease.  But there’s much more to be added to the cantaloupe health benefits.

Vitamins

A variety of B vitamins including Vitamin B6, niacin, and folate  is also included in the list of the cantaloupe health benefits. Although there is less Vitamin B6 and niacin than Vitamin C in this nutrient-packed fruit, a small cantaloupe provides nearly 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B6, niacin, and folate, so there is still enough to be of benefit to the body.

What part do the B vitamins play in the cantaloupe health benefits?

Vitamin B6 promotes efficient metabolic system functions, red blood cell growth, and nerve and muscle function.

Niacin can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and can potentially improve the digestive system.

Folate can benefit all people since it improves proper cell division and reproduction of oneself, and the combining of DNA and RNA and  is especially important for pregnant women since it helps prevent neural defects in fetuses.  Folate is also touted as an aid in battling depression and anxiety.

But wait… there’s another vitamin which supports the cantaloupe health benefits.

The cantaloupe contains lots of  Vitamin A which is important because it is so necessary to the proper functioning of bone, eye, and cellular health. Moreover, vitamin A helps support the immune system by maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and the growth of protective surface linings that serve as a barrier against bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A is known to help protect the lung and oral cavity from cancer.

So, as you can see, just between the anti-oxidants and the vitamins, the cantaloupe health benefits are already quite impressive.  But here’s more to add to the list.

Minerals and Electrolytes:

Besides the great amounts of vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin A, the fruit also contains not only important minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and calcium but also electrolytes such as potassium and even a bit of sodium.

If you ate a medium-sized cantaloupe measuring about 5 inches in diameter, you would be provided with  nearly half your recommended daily allowance of potassium.  According to the Blood pressure Association of the United Kingdom, the closer you stick to the daily recommended intake of potassium the closer to normal your blood pressure is likely to be because the potassium gets rid of excess sodium and therefore brings down the possibility of developing high blood pressure. Potassium is an essential mineral that supports metabolic function and protein synthesis.

Now put all those benefits together and you have quite a list of impressive cantaloupe health benefits. . .

. . .all found in one small cantaloupe.  I must, however, add this note mentioned by LiveStrong.com:  “Those who have an allergic reaction to ragweed or grass pollen could get an itchy throat from eating cantaloupe.” So if that’s you, please be careful.

Self magazine summarizes the cantaloupe health benefits thus:  “This food is low in saturated Fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol.  It is also a good source of dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium.”

LiveStrong.com has this to say about the cantaloupe health benefits: “The cantaloupe is one of the most nutrient-packed of all fruits. The wealth of vitamins and minerals found in this melon can offer protection against cancer, boost your immune system, ladd cantaloupe health benefits to your lifeower cholesterol and act as part of a healthy weight-loss diet. The combination of low calories, mere traces of fat and a minimum of sodium make the cantaloupe a perfect addition to most menus.

All in all, you won’t find a better nutrient-filled fruit that has as many health benefits. So why not add the cantaloupe health benefits  to your life today?

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