While most people gorge on mangoes during summer, another fruit that should be a part of your summer diet is muskmelon, also known as cantaloupe. Its high water content helps you stay hydrated during the hot season. Having this yellow-orange coloured succulent fruit early in the morning is also good for your digestive system.
A great source of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamins C and A, muskmelon not only helps you stay healthy, but is also great for your skin and hair. Here’s why you should include this fruit in your diet. Strengthens immune system: A rich source of Vitamin C, muskmelon helps boost your immunity by stimulating the White Blood Cells in the body.
Prevents cancer According to studies, the high carotenoid content in this fruit can help to prevent cancer, especially that of lungs.
Good for the heart The potassium content in the fruit helps control blood pressure and prevents hypertension. It also reduces the risk of heart diseases. Containing adenosine that has blood thinning properties, muskmelon also prevents blood clotting in the cardiovascular system.
Helps cure kidney diseases A good diuretic, the fruit helps cure kidney disease. Having it with lemon early morning is helpful.
Good for vision Rich in vitamin A and beta carotenes, studies have proven that regular consumption of foods like muskmelon can reduce the risk of developing cataracts by 40%.
Helps treat insomnia With effective laxative properties — a special compound that calms anxieties — muskmelon soothes your nervous system, getting rid of your sleeping disorders.
Treats menstrual problems The vitamin C helps regulate menstrual flow, thus relieving cramps in women. Have this fruit daily during the painful time of the month.
Cures Toothache The rind of this fruit is effective in curing toothache. Peel the fruit’s skin and add it to boiling water, till it is cooked. Once the mixture cools, strain and use it as a mouth rinse.
Prevents nausea Having muskmelon tea, prepared from the fruit’s root, is an effective diuretic and helps reduce vomiting sensation.
Helps lose weight The next time you scoop out the seeds of this fruit, don’t throw them away. High in fibre, consuming these seeds will help in weight loss.
Anti-ageing agent The fruit helps combat free radicals in the body that damage the skin and are responsible for causing premature ageing.
Rejuvenates skin The collagen content, along with the protein compounds in this fruit, helps in your skin cell regrowth, providing a beautiful glow to your skin.
Cures skin problems If you suffer from skin problems like eczema, make sure to have muskmelon juice regularly. You can also apply this juice as lotion to treat skin problems or as first aid for burns and abrasions.
Fights hair loss Insonitol, a form of Vitamin B, required for your hair growth, is found in most citrus fruits as well as muskmelon.
Acts as natural conditioner Mash the fruit in a cup and massage your hair with its pulp after shampooing. Wash off after 10 minutes.