It is the ideal fruit to receive sufficient hydration and together with the watermelon they are part of the best fruits for summer.
Today, this great food, in addition to its wonderful flavor, offers the female public unique facial masks and creams with only its shell. In China it is the ultimate cure for hepatitis, in India it works as a diuretic, while in the Philippines its seeds are used to treat cancer and induce menstruation. From any point of view, the melon is unique.
Its beneficial properties
Below, we list some of the benefits of eating ripe melon regularly.
Effectively prevents strokes and blood clots
Adenosine, found in garlic, onions and mushrooms, is also the anticoagulant chemical in melon and helps thin the blood, thus protecting against heart disease and stroke. At the same time, it is able to prevent the accumulation of platelets, which is the main cause of blood clots.
It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants
Melon pulp contains vitamin C and β-carotene. Therefore, its antioxidants prevent heart disease, but also cataracts. Vitamin A delays aging, protects against infections and activates the metabolism. Potassium also helps regulate heart function and blood pressure.
It has an anticancer action and protection
Melon ingredients lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In fact, according to a study of 66-year-old Massachusetts residents who ate this wonderful fruit at regular intervals, these individuals had lower cancer mortality rates.
Melon is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and trace elements such as potassium and magnesium. In recent years, it has been shown to possess useful medicinal properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiulcer, anticancer, antimicrobial, diuretic, and antidiabetic properties. In addition, it showed a hepatoprotective effect, activity against hypothyroidism and immunomodulatory action.
Nutrients that melon contains:
- 34 calories / 100g.
- 8.16 g of carbohydrates.
- 90g of water.
- B6 and potassium.
The melon does not contain cholesterol. It has a considerable amount of natural sugar and, therefore, its excessive consumption can be aggravating for our weight. Another important thing to keep in mind is that it should be eaten ripe, otherwise it provides little of the aforementioned nutritional elements.
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