Health Benefits of Muskmelon

May 18th, 2011 by Team Healthizen
Muskmelon The botanical name for muskmelon is Cucumis melo. Although practically everyone refers to this fruit as the cantaloupe, the truth is that the latter is actually a different species that grows in France. This fruit is available throughout the year in India, but is at its best in the rainy season. Belonging to the same family as pumpkin, gourd, and cucumber, the muskmelon grows on a creeping vine.

The cantaloupes that we see in the markets these days are hybrids of muskmelons. The skin of the muskmelon can range from yellow to orange in color. The muskmelon is called so because it emanates a musky fragrance when overripe. The inside of a muskmelon is hollow with flat seeds that are interspersed within a fibrous meshwork. Muskmelons are also known as rockmelons in many parts of the world.

The muskmelon is a good source of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. So, eating this fruit regularly will help you to improve your vision. Studies have shown that people who eat muskmelons very often are less prone to developing early cataracts. Muskmelons are also rich in vitamin C. Together, vitamin A as well as vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants, help to protect the body tissues against oxidative damage by free radicals.

Potassium, folate, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), nicotinamide (vitamin B3), and dietary fiber, are the other important nutrients present in the muskmelon.  All these play an important role in various metabolic activities of the body. Since vitamin A is known to protect the lungs and prevent inflammation, it is advisable for active as well as passive smokers to eat a piece of muskmelon daily. This can offer some amount of protection even against lung cancer.

Since the muskmelon is alkaline in nature when partially ripe, it is invaluable in the treatment of hyperacidity. Its high fiber content helps to prevent constipation and also reduces the absorption of fat from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby helping to control the cholesterol levels in the blood. This is probably why eating this fruit has been associated with lowered incidences of cardiovascular disorders.

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