Friday 3 July, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat cantaloupe

A type of cantaloupe from the fruit's wide variety.

A type of cantaloupe from the fruit's wide variety.

Cantaloupe, a variety of musk melon, presents a very good option for eating healthy and keeping your medical bills down.

Beta Carotene is a vital nutrient the cantaloupe is loaded with. Once consumed, beta-carotene is either converted into Vitamin A or acts as a powerful antioxidant to help fight free radicals that attack cells in your body.

Eating cantaloupe boosts eye health, and makes for the body’s production of healthy red blood cells and a healthy immune system.

Cantaloupe is also loaded with Vitamin C, which boosts the building of blood vessels, cartilage, muscles and collagen in bones.

Cantaloupe can also aid in fighting the debilitating effects of asthma and the common cold.

The orange-coloured pigment in cantaloupe is known to reduce the risk of some cancers, and also addresses memory loss due to aging.

Like most fruits, cantaloupe has high water content, at almost 90 per cent. Eating cantaloupe helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, which is important for heart health.

Good hydration also supports digestion, healthy kidneys and stabilises blood pressure

The fruit also has a high fibre content which fights off constipation, reduces the risk of heart disease, counteracts diabetes, and aids in weight loss.

Cantaloupe also has a reasonable potassium level, which is vital to nerve health and the replenishing of depleted electrolytes.

The cantaloupe is a tasty, nutritious fruit which should be included in your diet to assist in keeping medical bills low.

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