This summer replace that extra mango with a musk melon and see the healthy magic it creates.
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Musk melons are a powerhouse of health; they are loaded with so many nutrients that they almost seem like the superhero of fruits. They are abundantly available in the summers and have a super high percentage of water content in them making them cooling and hydrating. So as the summer approaches, know why you should eat more muskmelons. They not only have a delicious aroma but they also taste amazing. Their seeds contain many health benefits as well.
This summer replace that extra mango with a muskmelon and see the healthy magic it creates.
The nutrition breakdown of 1 cup of musk melons is given below:
- Calories: 53
- Fat: 0 g (yes, read that as ZERO)
- Saturated Fat: N/A
- Cholesterol: 0 mg (ZERO again!)
- Carbohydrate: 12 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Dietary Fibre: 1 g
- Sodium: 23 mg
- Vitamin A: 5,276 IU
- Folic Acid: 33 micrograms
- Niacin: 1 mg
- Vitamin B6: <1 mg
- Vitamin C: 57 mg
- Calcium: 14 mg
- Magnesium: 19 mg
- Potassium: 417 mg
- Carotenoids: 3,219 micrograms
Here are the amazing health benefits of musk melon…
Controls blood pressure
Muskmelons are rich in potassium which helps in regulating the blood pressure and keeps hypertension at bay.
They have high doses of vitamin A and beta carotene, which helps sharpen the eye sight as well as reduce the risk of developing cataracts.
Helps in weight loss
Musk melons have negligible fat content in them. They also contain the good carbohydrates derived from sugars which are easily broken down by the body. Their water content is also very high. Their seeds contain a special fibre in them which helps in losing weight. They contain really high content of potassium which helps in losing belly fat.
Helps control diabetes
Muskmelons help regulate the blood sugar levels thereby helping control diabetes.
Low on cholesterol
They are absolutely cholesterol free and hence can be had without any worry.
Musk melons are super rich in vitamin C, they strengthen the immune system. They stimulate and increase the white blood cells which help in destroying viruses and bacteria. They also prevent premature ageing of cells. Learn about building immunity.
The high quantity of vitamin C helps in treatment and also prevention of ulcers.
Musk melon contains a significant amount of dietary fibre, making it good for those suffering from constipation as it add bulk to your diet.
Prevents kidney stones
An extract of musk melon called oxykine has proven qualities of curing kidney disorders and stones. It also cleanses the kidneys owing to its high water content.
Helps during pregnancy
They have high folate content which prevents water retention by removing excess sodium from the body.
Cures sleeping disorder
Musk melons relax the nerves and the muscles making it easier for people with insomnia to sleep.
Eases menstrual cramps
Due to its anti-coagulant property it dissolves clots and eases muscle cramps.
Prevents risk of cancer
The vitamin C eliminates free radicals thereby saving the cells of the body from getting damaged by them, thereby preventing the risk of getting cancer
Helps in quitting smoking
It rejuvenates the lungs and helps the body recover from nicotine withdrawal faster.
Prevents heart diseases
The adenosine in musk melons has blood thinning properties which automatically reduces the risk of heart ailments.