The botanical name for muskmelon is Cucumismelo and it is a perfect summer fruit as being rich in water content, it helps in making up for the lost fluids that our body loses due to perspiration. It also helps to combat the heat in the body and thus, prevents heat-related disorders during summer.
Muskmelon grows in tropical regions and is majorly cultivated in India during the summer season. The fruit has a significantly high nutritional value, resulting in a number of health benefits. The muskmelon is a good source of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. So, eating this fruit regularly will help you to improve your vision. Muskmelons are also rich in vitamin C. Together, vitamin A as well as vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants, help to protect the body tissues against oxidative damage by free radicals.
Potassium, folate, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), nicotinamide (vitamin B3), and dietary fibre, are the other important nutrients present in the muskmelon. It has zero cholesterol and is safe for blood cholesterol patients. Being a good source of potassium it helps in keeping the blood pressure stable and prevents the muscles from cramping. The folic acid present in it acts as a mild anti-depressant and helps create healthy foetuses (in pregnant women) and can even prevent cervical cancer and osteoporosis.
Besides this, its juice is very much effective in conditions like lack of appetite, weight loss, urinary tract infections, constipation, acidity as well as ulcers. The vitamin A, besides improving the vision, also enhances the glow of the skin and makes it healthy. Muskmelons also indirectly aid in preventing kidney stones.
It can relieve tiredness and has effective laxative properties which help in curing insomnia. It also boosts the immune system as the Vitamin E present in them supports the immune system functions. Many physicians all across the globe acknowledge the numerous health benefits of muskmelon. The fruit is also believed to prevent age-related bone loss. Besides the fruit, its seeds are also widely used for their good taste and extraordinary health benefits. Muskmelon seeds are also an average anti-oxidant.