The juicy flesh of the melon is
rich in vitamin C and is a
great source of potassium to
help prevent fluid retention.
A melon contains over 92 percent water, which can help keep the kidneys working well. The orange varieties are a great source of betacarotene and are also high in vitamin C, although amounts vary according to variety. All melons are rich in vitamin B6 and potassium and several varieties are high in the bioflavonoid group of plant chemicals, which have anticancer, anti-heart disease, and anti-aging properties.
Melons are also rich in soluble fiber, while watermelon is a particularly good source of lycopene, which helps protect against prostate cancer.
- High potassium content helps prevent fluid retention and balances sodium in the body.
- Soluble fiber content helps arterial health and can help lower “bad” blood cholesterol.
- Beta-carotene content of orange varieties is one of the highest of all fruits and vegetables.
- Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that aids blood flow to muscles, helpful for exercise and sports.
Unlike many fruits, melons don’t ripen once picked, so choose one with a rich fragrance, which indicates it is ripe. If it has wrinkles, it is overripe. Store melons at cool to moderate room temperature.
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If you buy half or a quarter of a melon, it should be stored well wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator to prevent other foods from absorbing its strong odor.