Otherwise known as musk melon, the cantaloupe belongs to the curcurbitaceae family which includes fruit and vegetables such as watermelon and honeydew. The cantaloupe has a light orange to salmon hued flesh, with an oval to round shape. The skin has a rough scaly like pattern and the flesh is soft with a musky aroma that is characteristic of ripe fruits.
There are two different varieties of cantaloupes; the European cantaloupe and the North American cantaloupe. Raw cantaloupe is said to consist of 90% water, 8% carbohydrates, 0.8% protein and 0.2% fat. Both varieties are beneficial and nutritious for your health.
Benefits of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe juice is delicious and revitalizing. And if its taste is not appeasing enough, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, folic acid and extremely essential dietary fiber. Dive in and look at various benefits.
Counter Nicotine Withdrawal.
Nicotine withdrawal is a great concern for majority of smokers attempting to quit. Cantaloupe juice is extremely beneficial to them as it contains minerals and nutrients that can help smokers manage the symptoms of withdrawal. Nicotine from cigarettes leaves the body deficient of vitamins and the cantaloupe juice promotes the replenishment of the said nutrients. Moreover, it also boosts your energy and increases attentiveness.
Excellent for Pregnancy.
Cantaloupe juice in moderation is excellent for pregnancies and pregnancy women as it contains folic acid which is a pregnancy superhero. One must however be cautious if you intend to prepare the cantaloupe juice yourself. This is because the peel of the cantaloupe carries the listeria bacteria on the outside and can be detrimental to the health of pregnant women. That aside, cantaloupe juice is great and can be consumed before or during the pregnancy. It contains folic acid that can help prevent birth defects in unborn babies. It is also great for women trying to conceive as it helps the synthesis and maintenance of new cells. It contains phosphorus which promotes effective muscle contractions during labor and potassium which regulates blood pressure during the duration of the pregnancy.
High in fiber and water content, cantaloupe juice facilitates a health digestive tract and helps with regularity of bowel movement. The juice offers a calming effect on the stomach and ensures proper digestion and flow of food reducing the occurrence of constipation. It has also been linked with reducing incidences of colorectal cancer.
Skin Rejuvenation and Regeneration.
if there was ever a well-kept secret, it would have to be how golden cantaloupe juice is for your skin. It contains the perfect mix of vitamins to rejuvenate and regenerate your skin leaving it well hydrated, happy and looking youthful. Cantaloupe juice has a high content of Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Vitamin A boosts skin regeneration while vitamin C promotes the formation of collagen. Vitamins B, E and K, keep the skin happy and rejuvenated for that soft youthful glow. In addition to that the folic acid also promotes cell regeneration and counters aging by keeping wrinkles at bay and maintaining the skins elasticity.
Promote Eye Health.
The juice contains beta carotenes which when absorbed into the body are converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A improves your vision and ensures your eyesight is in excellent shape. Drinking cantaloupe juice often helps prevent the development of cataracts.
Cantaloupe juice is a delicious snack that is as versatile as the benefits it offers. If you opt to juice the cantaloupe, opt for the more organic fruit. That way you can be sure that you are getting the most out of your fruit.
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