Drinking fresh cantaloupe juice is one of the ways to get high amounts of vitamin A in your diet. The orange color pigment of the cantaloupe melon or cucumis melo a rich source of beta carotene. If you were to eat a piece of cantalope that weighs about 100 grams or drink the pure fruit juice, your body will gain 3382 IU of vitamin A and 2020mcg of beta carotene.
The benefits of getting sufficient amount of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A include strengthening your immune system to fight against infections, reducing the risk of age related eye disorders, bone loss or osteoporosis, lung problems and Alzheimer's Disease.
And beta carotene which is a provitamin A and an antioxidant will help your body fight free radicals that can cause oxidation and damage to the cells and reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. Among its other benefits include reducing the risk of scleroderma or a connective tissue disease, maintaining good eyesight and supporting healthy skin and the mucus membranes.
The chart below shows the amount of calories in a 100g of cantalope and the amount of nutrients you will gain by drinking cantaloupe juice.
|Total lipid (fat)||0.19g|
|Lutein + zeaxanthin||26mg|
So, what else does your body gain from eating cantaloupe melon and drinking cantaloupe juice?
Cantaloupe melons contain the B vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and choline. Your body uses these vitamins to convert carbohydrates into energy, to produce antibodies and hormones, manage healthy cholesterol levels, support your heart and improve your mental functions.
Together with vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin E and selenium, the water soluble vitamin C in muskmelon helps your body strengthen your immune system. It is good for the skin and eyes.
Cantaloupe also provides the minerals that your body requires. The presence of vitamin A, C, and K together with magnesium and phosphorus support calcium absorption. One of the benefits of calcium besides reducing the risk of bone loss is it releases hormones to assist in burning fat. This is helpful in preventing weight gain.
According to a published report, 60% of the population does not get the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. Drinking cantaloupe juice is one of the best ways to get the mineral that your body needs. Cantaloupes contain potassium and it supports kidney health. Iron helps prevent anemia which can result in fatigue and brittle hair.