Benefits Of MUSK-MELON
Just like watermelon, Muskmelon is also one of the most popular fruits of Indian summer. Musk melon is known as ‘Cantaloupe’in European countries. It is also simply called as melon. It has mainly two varieties ,the one with netted skins and the other with smooth skins. Muskmelon is extremely beneficial in various health problems like Loss of appetite, Weight loss,Urinary tract infections, Constipation, Acidity and Ulcer. Just like watermelon, muskmelon is also rich in water( 95%) which provides a lot of health benefits. Melon fruit helps in various problems like vision related problems,cancer, stroke/heart, skin problems ,kidney diseases and eczema. Some of the benefits are explained here:-
1:- Vitamin A:- Muskmelon is an excellent source of Vitamin A. On an average, 100 g of musk-melon provides about 112% of daily recommended requirement.No wonder ,no other fruit possesses such quality. Vitamin A is good for maintaining eyes’ health. This fruit has a very important dietary carotenoid,Zea-xanthin, which provides protection to eyes from UV light. It also protects eyes from macular degeneration disease in the elderly.
2:- Cancer:- Vitamin A has anti-oxidant qualities which provide natural protection from lung and oral cavity cancers. Muskmelon is also rich in antioxidant flavonoids like beta-carotene, lutein, Zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants provide shield to cells from oxygen-free radicals and hence protect the body from colon, prostate, breast and endometrial cancers.
3:- Heart Diseases:- Potassium is a natural electrolyte. The melon fruit contains about 267 mg of this electrolyte in per 100 g quantity. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids which not only controls heart rate but blood pressure as well. Thus regular intake of the melon fruit protects from stroke, and coronary heart diseases.
4:-Disinfectant:- Muskmelon contains a moderate amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to be a natural disinfectant which provides resistance to body from various infections and also helps in maintaining the immune system.
5:-Constipation:- Constipation occurs when body has deficiency of dietary fiber. Muskmelon has enough dietary fiber and thus it helps in countering the problem of constipation.
6:- Age Related Issues:- Muskmelon has been recognized as one of the healthiest fruits by the physicians all over the world. It has been widely proved that this fruit cures various age related issues like bone loss and macular degeneration(as explained earlier) etc.
7:- Weight Loss:- Muskmelon is one of the few fruits which helps in maintaining the body weight as they have fiber which readily gives the feeling of fullness and hence controls excessive eating.
8:- Insomnia:- Muskmelons are known to have laxative properties which help in curing problems like insomnia.
Besides these benefits ,muskmelon also provides relief from health problems like lack of appetite, acidity, ulcer, urinary tract infections etc. As muskmelon is full of water ,therefore it protects the body from heat related disorders too. The fruit contains fair amount of folic acid, which is necessary for pregnant women as it helps in creating healthy fetuses.
NUTRIENT COUNT OF MUSKMELON:-
Muskmelon have lot of benefits because of various types of nutrients present in them. These nutrients include carbohydrates which constitute about 6.5% of the total composition,dietary fiber ,around 2.25%, about 1.5 % of protein , Vitamin A and C with composition of 112% and 61% respectively, copper ,which is about 4%,3% of magnesium and about 2% zinc. Electrolytes like sodium and potassium constitute about 6% of total composition.