Melon belongs to pumpkin family or Cucurbitaceae. Like watermelon, it can be consumed fresh or as an ingredient of fruit ice. The part that we consume is its meat (mesocarp). It has soft texture and various colors from white to red, depends on its cultivar.
What people don’t realize is that besides its sweet taste, melon also has various health benefits. We can use it as home remedies for various diseases. And, if we consume it regularly in a long time, it can help prevent dangerous diseases.
So, what are its health benefits?
1. Anti cancer
Melon contains high carotenoid, so this fruit can prevent cancer and also lower the risk of getting lung cancer. Melon can prevent also kills cancer cells that attack body. So, it’s something good to regularly consume this fruit.
2. Anti stroke
Melon contains anticoagulant, which is called adenosine, can prevent blood clotting. Thus, it can prevent stroke or heart diseases. Besides that, this fruit also can strengthen blood flow that eventually will minimize those two dangerous diseases.
3. Ease passing stools
Melon can ease passing stools process, when we have constipation. Water content on this sweet fruit is good for our digestion. While its mineral contents can reduce body acidity, especially stomach organ.
4. Maintain skin health
Melon contains collagen, which protein compound that affects cell structure integrity in various connective issues such as skin. Collagen also has functions to accelerate healing process and maintain skin tightness. If you often to eat melon, your skin won’t be dry and dull.
5. Help cure kidney and eczema diseases
Melon has very good diuretic function, so it can help treat acute kidney disease and eczema. If it is combined with lemon, melon can combat uric acid.
6. Reduce heatiness
Water contents in melon are about 95 %, so it gives cooling effect. Besides that, melon can be useful to treat heatiness. Besides that, it also contains vitamin A, B and C as well as protein, calcium and phosphor. Its nutritional values are 15 mg of calcium, 25 mg of phosphor, 0.5 mg of iron, 34 mg of vitamin C, 640 mg of vitamin A and 0.03 mg of vitamin B1.