Modern life has not affected the picturesque muskmelon stands in warm regions worldwide. Farmers cut samples of melon so clients can test the sweet juiciness of these delicious fruits for themselves. No ice cream or soft drink can quench the thirst for the hot months of summer and juicy melon.
Melons are, above all, water. The percentage of water content ranges from ninety percent to ninety-five percent, depending on the variety. Like all juicy fruits, the water from melons must not be confused with tap water or pure spring water. It is not passive, stagnant water that is a simple vehicle for salts and solutions but living water that has been in intimate contact with the protoplasm of vegetable cells.
The water in muskmelons is biological and has been involved in the thousands, perhaps millions, of chemical reactions within living plant cells. This may be why nothing quenches summer thirst like a big slice of melon. Moreover, nothing is as helpful to the kidneys as the plant serum that is the water in melons.
Melons contain less sugar (5.4 percent) than other fruits, virtually no fat (0.1 percent), and a respectable amount of proteins (0.9 percent). However, melons provide a well-balanced supply of vitamins and minerals. Most notable are vitamin C, B6, B1, and folates, but small amounts of the remaining vitamins, except B12, are also present.
Melon contains all mineral nutrients, notably potassium, iron, and magnesium. One 2.5 kg melon includes the daily need for iron for an adult male (10 mg) and more than half of the magnesium requirement, which is 350 mg. Muskmelons are hydrating, remineralizing, alkalizing, diuretic, and laxative. Their most essential indications are:
Muskmelon Health Benefits
URINARY CONDITIONS: Melon consumption enriches the blood with mineral salts and vitamins and facilitates the kidneys’ filtering capacity. After eating melon, the kidneys are better able to remove waste material and toxins produced through metabolic processes effectively. Melons’ “living water” and dissolved minerals significantly contribute to this. Melons can benefit all who wish to improve renal function and particularly those suffering from:
- Early stage kidney failure, whose primary symptoms are fluid retention and scanty urine output.
- Kidney stones and granules, particularly those that are uric in composition. Thanks to their remarkable alkalizing ability, melons increase the solubility of the acidic salts that make up uric calculi and facilitate their dissolution and elimination.
- Urinary infections (pyelonephritis, cystitis): Although melons are not urinary antiseptics, their alkalizing effect in the urine helps stop the proliferation of the coliform bacilli that cause urinary infections (Escherichia coli and others), which require an acidic medium to grow.
CHRONIC CONSTIPATION due to intestinal atony.
DEHYDRATION accompanied by mineral loss, as it occurs in diarrhea, excessive perspiration, or fever crises. Although muskmelons are laxative, they may be used without difficulty if diarrhea is caused by gastroenteritis.
Muskmelon vs Cantaloupe
The cantaloupe (Cucumis melo L. Var. cantalupensis) is a variety of melon that appeared for its characteristic aroma and flavor. Its rind is yellowish green with a type of reticulated relief. This melon’s pulp is orange and rich in beta-carotene (provitamin A): One hundred grams of cantaloupe provide 332 ug RE, representing a third of the daily need of this vitamin for an adult male.
It contains ninety percent water, more vitamin C, and less iron than ordinary melons. Concentrations of the remaining nutrients are substantially similar. Cantaloupes are equally effective in treating urinary conditions, with the added advantage of their more unique beta-carotene content.
Melon Scientific Facts
- Scientific name: Cucumis melo L.
- Other names: Melon, sweet melon.
- French: Melon.
- Spanish: Melón.
- German: Zuckermelone.
- Description: Fruit of the melon plant, of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae.
- Environment: Cultivated in dry, sunny areas.
How to use and Prepare Melon
- FRESH: This is the greatest way to eat melons. They are not recommended as desserts since a large amount of liquid they contain interferes with digestion.
- PRESERVES: Melons are used to make a variety of delicious confiture and jams.
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