Cantaloupe along with honey dew and watwmelons are a member of the family Cucurbitaceae. These humble looking melon are a powerhouse of nutrients like potassium, calcium, vitamin A, C and E. Here are some facts that will draw you more to this sweet tasting, palatable fruit.
With about 90% water content, cantaloupes are a must have in the scorching summer. With its ample electrolyte presence, cantaloupe comes handy as a snack.
Cantaloupe also serves as a good source of instant energy after a long workout.
A cup of cantaloupe i.e 165 grams contain 106% of daily value of vitamin A. Vitamin A assists in adequate production of sebum by hair follicles which is necessary for hair growth and prevention of hair fall.
A cup of cantaloupe provides 95% of daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, a protein, which gives skin its natural elasticity. Adequate consumption of vitamin C slows down the process of aging by delaying the formation of wrinkles all the while giving skin a youthful glow it needs.
Regular consumption of cantaluope may be helpful in lowering bloodpressure. Potassium in cantaloupe counters the effect of sodium by dilating blood vessels and can be equally as effective as lowering sodium intake to battle hypertension.
The fiber, potassium and vitamin C all work together to lower blood cholesterol levels and proving heart friendly. Fiber restricts the thickening of bloodvessels by binding to the lipids in the lumen of vessels thus reducing the load on heart and chances of a stroke or a heart attack.
An adequate amount of vitamin A in cantaloupe assists in healthy vision. Vitamin A is required for vision in low light as well as colour vision. Deficiency of vitamin A can result in Night blindness as well as age related macular degeneration of the eye.
Both vitamin A and C in cantaloupe work for the betterment of immune systems fighting infections and improving the body’s defence mechanism.
Vitamin C in cantaloupe can help in the absorption of iron and folic acid through the gut. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to many neurological deficits in the newborn. One of which is neural tube defect i.e failure of the closure of the spinal cord.