Ten Amazing Health Benefits From Melons.

Melons, the large, juicy, distinctively oval or round fruits that range from bright yellow through orange to green, grow on a sprawling large leaved annual plant in tropical and temperate climates. The melon originates from Africa, but there is evidence from Sardinia to suggest the fruit was brought to Europe as early as 1350BC during the Bronze Age. No wonder, when they taste as good as they do! Ten Amazing Health Benefits From Melons The name melon originates from Greek words meaning 'apple' and 'gourd' reflecting its prized taste. There are many different varieties of melon, all members of the Cucurbitaceae family which includes cucumbers, gourds and loofahs. Melons are of course low in fat so are invaluable for dieters, but all have other valuable health-giving properties that can protect against certain cancers, eye problems, kidney and heart disorders and even erectile dysfunction. So even though melons consist of between 95% to 99% water you'll be getting a great nutritional boost when you eat them, as well as a refreshing and tasty snack or desert. Here are ten incredible health benefits from melons that you may not have been aware of.

1. Amazing Anti-oxidants

Canteloupe melons, with their ribbed, netted skin and deep orange fragrant flesh, are extremely rich in natural antioxidants such as phytonutrients like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Beta carotene is responsible for the bright orange colour of foods which contain a rich source. Ten Amazing Health Benefits From Melons These antioxidants play a key protective role in the body's defence system and are particularly believed to help protect against cancer. In fact canteloupe melons are currently being used commercially to extract the enzyme antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD). Canteloupe melons contain 30 times more of the antioxidant beta carotene weight for weight than oranges, though less than its namesake the carrot which is the richest source.

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