Muskmelon is rich in nutrients and can be used for weight loss, healthy skin, healthy heart, improved immunity and eye vision. It helps to cure kidney stone and prevents complications or peoblems during pregnancy. It also eases menstrual cramps.
Cantaloupe or muskmelon is a type of melon belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. Its scientific name is Cucumis melo var. Cantalupensis. Musk melons are a powerhouse of health nutrients.They have a super high percentage of water content. They not only taste good but also have a wonderful aroma.
Muskmelon or cantaloupe has rich calories,carbohydrate, protein, dietary fiber, sodium, vitamin A, folic acid ,niacin, Vitamin C. It is also nutrient enriched with good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium and carotenoids. It does not have fat, cholesterol or saturated fat.
Vitamin C and vitamin A in muskmelon strengthens immunity.It helps in stimulating the white blood cells in the body. Limphocytes are known for the body’s natural defense mechanism as they prevent foreign bodies from attacking as well as eradicating infections that attack the body. Being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C also effectively combats free radicals in the body which damage the skin and are responsible for causing premature aging.
The anticoagulant properties of muskmelon because of the presence of adenosine in it help in blood thinning which automatically reduces the risk of heart ailments. These melons are also rich in potassium which controls blood pressure, thus keeping our heart healthy.
Cantaloupe or muskmellow is rich in potassium which normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain.This makes us feel more relaxed and focused, thus acts as a stress remover. It also has superoxide dismutase which combats stress by lowering the blood pressure and relaxing the nerves.
The adequate amount of vitamin A and carotene present in muskmelon help in preventing cataract and improving vision
Diabetic nephropathy, a kidney disorder in which the kidney cells get dangerously damaged can be prevented by cantaloupe extract known as “oxykine” . Moreover, cantaloupe or muskmelon has a low glycemic index (GI) which means that fructose and glucose contained in cantaloupe is a simple sugar. This helps to prevent diabetic nephropathy.
Cantaloupe has powerful laxative properties. It contains a uniquecompound that relieve the nerves and calms anxieties. Thus, it helps insomniacs to get a sound sleep by eliminating sleeping disorders.
The anti-coagulant propert of muskmelon dissolves clots and eases muscle cramps during menstruation. Vitamin C present in muskmelon also helps to regulate menstrual flow.
High folate content in muskmelon removes excess sodium and reduces water retention problems in pregnant mothers. It helps in the production and maintenance of new cells and it also prevents neutral tube disorders in fetuses.
Regular intake of muskmelon replenishes the body from the loss of vitamin A. It helps in rejuvenating the lungs and is particularly beneficial for smokers whose lungs have been severely damaged due to smoking.
Muskmelon aids other benefits like skin and hair health.Skin benefits include hydration and rejuvenation of skin,skin cells regeneration. It helps prevent aging symptoms. Muskmelon is also used in the treatment of eczema and other skin problems. It also helps to combat hair loss and works as a perfect conditioner.
Use of muskmelon is better avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Muskmelon is native to Iran, Anatolia and the Caucasus., It is also cultivated in northwest India and Afghanistan. Muskmelons grow best with average monthly temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and ripen best in dry weather. They mostly favor loose, rich soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8 that is well drained.It is better if aged manure is added to the planting beds the fall before planting the seeds.