The next time you stop by the fruit aisle at the supermarket, pick up some cantaloupe and add it into your basket! Most adults need to eat at least one cup of fruit per day and cantaloupe is a perfect choice. This refreshing summer fruit packs a juicy punch of nutrients which can help boost your immunity and overall health.
Here are the five major benefits of cantaloupe along with some easy tips on how to spice them up!
Rich in nutrients
This sweet, crunchy fruit is full of nutrients good for your body. Cantaloupe actually has more beta-carotene than apricots, grapefruits, oranges, peaches, tangerines, nectarines, mangoes, and more. Cantaloupe also contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant enzyme. It is also one of the best sources for vitamin A when compared to other fruits. One cup of cantaloupe contains only about 55 calories, but it covers your daily needs for vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, and more.1 It also contains potassium, which is a crucial mineral that helps balance the water level between cells and body fluids. Potassium is also needed for nerve health and proper muscle contraction, hence making it a healthy after-workout snack that can replenish electrolytes in your body.
Good source of water and fibre
Like watermelon, pineapples, and most fruits, cantaloupe has a high water content—almost 90 percent of it is water. Making sure your body is well hydrated is important for your immune system and for your body to stay healthy. Your cells, organs, and tissues rely heavily on water to function. Dehydration can cause a lot of issues, including indigestion, headaches, dizziness, dry skin, and low blood pressure.
Other than drinking water, eating fruits can help you stay hydrated. Try freezing a few cubes of cantaloupe so that you can snack on them on a hot day. Not only does it feel refreshing, it will help hydrate your body.
Fights oxidative stress
SOD and vitamin C are strong antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in your body before oxidative stress occurs, which can damage cells in your body and promote chronic inflammation. It is important to maintain healthy levels of antioxidants in your body as oxidative stress can cause serious health conditions to develop, including cancer and heart disease. Cantaloupes are also rich in beta-carotene, which is another powerful antioxidant.
Supports the immune system
When consumed, beta-carotene can be converted into vitamin A, which is a micronutrient that benefits your vision, promotes growth and development, and enhances your immunity. Vitamin A, which is well-known as an anti-inflammation vitamin, helps regulate cellular immune response and also support the production and growth of immune cells.2
Promotes heart health
Heart diseases are commonly caused by high blood pressure and unhealthy blood cholesterol levels. However, these two conditions usually do not show any symptoms, and you run the risk of heart problems if these conditions are left untreated. A balanced diet and physical activities are the key to maintaining good heart health. Some foods, like cantaloupe, can help as well. With a trinity combination of fibre, potassium, and vitamin C, cantaloupe is good for your heart health, as it can reduce the risks of high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure levels. Soluble fibre can lower blood cholesterol levels, while potassium helps regulate blood pressure.
While cantaloupes are delicious on their own, there are interesting ways to use them.
- Cantaloupe smoothie: You can make an easy cantaloupe smoothie to start your mornings with cantaloupe, Greek yogurt, and honey. Combine them in your blender.
- Cantaloupe sorbet: To make this icey treat, you’ll need to mix cantaloupe, lemon, honey, and water in a food processor.
- Roasted cantaloupe: Roasting vegetables enhances the sweetness in them, and the same goes for cantaloupe. It may seem unusual, but do give it a try.
Or, you could consider drinking a cup of ASODI (mixed with 200ml of room temperature water) every day as an easy way to boost your immunity and improve your overall health.
With ingredients like patented cantaloupe, patented rose petal, patented fermented soybean, seaweed, green tea, green coffee, and barley leaf, ASODI can help regulate blood sugar level, combat metabolic syndrome, fight against oxidative stress, and also control cholesterol levels.
SOD is important for our overall health. While our bodies naturally produce SOD, the SOD levels in our body will gradually decrease after we reach 30 years old, making it important for us to find ways to replenish it. ASODI can easily help increase the SOD levels in our body as the unique French patented cantaloupe in ASODI contains high levels of SOD, 7 times more than the usual melon. Studies have shown that this patented cantaloupe has strong antioxidant effects, can prevent ageing and cardiovascular diseases, promote healthy skin, and reduce UV damage.