Boost of Energy: Most melons are loaded with B vitamins. B vitamins are responsible for a lot of your body’s energy production (they are necessary for the body to process sugars and carbs). Hence, eating melons can give you substantial energy.
Cancer Prevention: Melons (especially watermelon) are a rich source of lycopene (plant pigment that gives watermelon and tomatoes their red color), a carotenoid known for its antioxidant capacity. Consumption of the lycopene has been associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. It also prevents heart and colon cancers.
Heart Care: Lypocene, found in abundance in watermelon, also improves cardiac functions. A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers found that the women with the highest blood plasma concentration of lycopene had a 33 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with the lowest levels. Also, the fiber present in melons along with vitamin C and potassium helps to reduce cholesterol and keep your heart safe.
Lower Blood Pressure: Due to their high water content and combination with potassium (a mineral that helps control blood pressure), melons are helpful in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. One cup (250 ml) of cantaloupe or two cups of watermelon contains about 10 percent of the recommended daily value of potassium.
Diabetes: Minerals such as potassium and magnesium present in melons help in proper functioning of insulin in the body, thus lowering the blood sugar level.
Weight Loss: Melons are ideal food for people who want to lose weight because they are low in sodium, fat-free, cholesterol free and low in calories (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories). They will also make you feel fuller because of the high water content. The natural sweetness found in melons will help you not to be tempted to grab those high calorie sweets.Fiber: Melons comprise of a noteworthy amount of dietary fiber, making it good for those suffering from constipation.
Heat Strokes: Melons are mostly made of water so they are very effective against dehydration. They can also reduce the heat in the body and therefore can prevent heat related disorders. They can also relieve tiredness.
Female Health: Melons provide folic acid which is important for pregnant women as it helps to create healthy fetuses.
Male Health: An amino acid called citrulline, present in watermelon, is used by the body to make another amino acid, arginine. Arginine is beneficial in curing erectile dysfunctions. It is a known stimulator of nitric oxide, which is thought to relax and expand blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).
Eye Health: The beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A) present in watermelon helps keeps your vision sharp, especially at night. The Vitamin A fights against age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in older folks.