Canteloupe (rockmelon) read on if you suffer muscle cramps this beauty may assist

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A family member of squash and cucumber, the sweet and delicious cantaloupe melon is packed with nutrients and yet very low in calories. High in vitamins A, C and B, folic acid, dietary fiber and potassium, health benefits of the cantaloupe include the heart, immune system, eyesight and healthy skin

Wellness

Eye health Cantaloupe is high in beta-carotene, which can be converted in to vitamin A by our bodies. Actually, only one cup of cantaloupe melon supplies over 100% of the recommended daily in-take of vitamin A, which plays an important role in maintaining vision

Protects against cell damage and boosts immune system An important anti-oxidant, vitamin C protects our bodies against damage from free radicals and supports the immune system. Vitamin C is linked to the prevention of heart-disease, stroke and cancer

Prevention of birth defects the folic acid in cantaloupe is linked to the prevention of neural tube birth-defects, especially when taken before and in the beginning of the pregnancy

Heart health and blood pressure  Cantaloupe is a good source of Potassium, an electrolyte that is needed for almost all processes in our body. Important for muscle contraction, Potassium prevents muscle cramping and helps to control heart rate. Since Potassium helps to rid the body of excess sodium, it is also linked to reducing high blood pressure

Weight Loss

Low calories full of flavor and nutrients, cantaloupe is surprisingly low in calories. 100grams of cantaloupe contains only 34 calories, making this a perfect diet food

High in fiber  important for your digestion by bulking up the stool, the high fiber content in cantaloupe will give a sufficiently full feeling, preventing you to overeat

Beauty

Skin folic acid, important in the regeneration of cells, is partly responsible for healthy skin and keeping wrinkles away. Vitamin A is also known to supports healthy skin

Cooking

A sweet summer salad made from cantaloupe, goat cheese and fresh mint tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, is a sure hit on any barbecue or potluck

Cantaloupe smoothies are delicious and healthy with an almond milk base and just a pinch of cinnamon

Grilled cantaloupe seasoned with honey and cayenne pepper makes an excellent side dish to an exotic seafood dinner

Low fat cantaloupe sherbet is a great substitute for ice cream and a real thirst quencher  on a hot day

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