Slice open and eat a nice, juicy cantaloupe and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to its delicious flavor, the cantaloupe wards off cancer and heart disease, and prevents eye problems better than most foods.
Cancer and heart disease are two of the most prevalent diseases in our world today, and eye problems affect us the older we get, but the good news is that nature has provided us a way of defending ourselves from them all by eating vegetables and simple fruits like the cantaloupe.
A cantaloupe contains lots of vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene and water. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, protein and some dietary fiber.
How Cantaloupe Prevents Cancer
Folate, fiber and vitamin C within cantaloupe create a wall of defense against cancer. Folate is probably best taken in small amounts as a preventative measure against cancer, because too much folate once cancer has set in can actually perpetuate the disease and make it progressively worse in some cases.
Fiber flushes out gunk in the blood and waste that can create the perfect environment for cancer to form and thrive. Vitamin C, with its mega-antioxidant power, searches out cancerous cells and destroys them, while simultaneously boosting your immunity so that your body can fight to keep further invasions of disease out.
How Cantaloupe Prevents Heart Disease
Cantaloupe contains one-fifth of your daily requirement of fiber, and fiber helps to do a number of things related to the heart: It lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, helps the heart pump better, and clears out toxins in the blood. Cantaloupe is also full of potassium and vitamin C, both of which help to regulate blood pressure and blood flow to and from the heart.
Cantaloupes contain a fourth of your daily requirement of potassium and more than enough of your daily requirement of vitamin C. The folate content within cantaloupe helps to keep homocysteine levels down, which keeps heart disease and stroke from rearing their heads.
How Cantaloupe Helps Eye Problems
The pulp of the cantaloupe is orange in color, due to the carotenoid beta carotene. Beta carotene, also responsible for the carrot’s orange color, is converted into vitamin A when metabolized in the body. Vitamin A, among its other functions, does wonders for the eyes. It protects them from natural deterioration and eye problems usually brought on by old age, particularly age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Both of these conditions are quite serious, as they are largely the cause of blindness in senior citizens. Since two cantaloupes a day has enough vitamin A to put a serious dent in your chances of developing nuclear cataracts and one cantaloupe has enough vitamin C to cut your chances of developing AMD in two, this fruit is top of the line when it comes to eye protection.