Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) known as “Kharbooja” or ”Kharbuja” in Hindi called cantaloupe also is a species of melon that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. These include smooth-skinned varieties such as honeydew, Crenshaw, and casaba, and different netted cultivars (cantaloupe, Persian melon, and Santa Claus or Christmas melon).
It was originated in India, Iran, and Africa whereas first cultivated in Europe and then spread in various regions of the world. It is greatly found during the summer season especially from April to August. It is the sweetest and amazing fruit having a cooling effect on the body during the whole summer season. Its high water, minerals, and vitamin content are a great source of nutrition required to nourish health.
Health benefits of Muskmelon (Kharbooja, Kharbuja, Cantaloupe benefits)
Helps in weight loss
Musk melons have negligible fat content in them. They also contain the good carbohydrates derived from sugars which are easily broken down by the body. Their water content is also very high. Their seeds contain a special fiber in them which helps in losing weight. They contain a really high content of potassium which helps in losing belly fat.
For Pregnant Women
Folic acid is often recommended to women who are trying to conceive as well as those who are pregnant. The high folate content in cantaloupe helps in the production and maintenance of new cells, especially in pregnant women and it also prevents neural tube disorders in fetuses.
Muskmelons are also rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from free radicals and hence offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
Beneficial for Eyes
Muskmelon contains vitamin A which is very helpful for our eyes and increases eye light and strength. Muskmelon should be used by the young generation because most of them having eye problems due to increasing technology in the world.
Musk melons are super rich in vitamin C, they strengthen the immune system. They stimulate and increase the white blood cells which help in destroying viruses and bacteria.
Cantaloupe is rich in potassium which normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain, thus making you feel more relaxed and focused. It also has superoxide dismutase which combats stress by lowering the blood pressure and relaxing the nerves. It prevents cellular death caused due to oxidative stress.
Benefits of Muskmelon for Skin (Kharbooja)
Hydrates and Rejuvenates Skin
Cantaloupe contains Vitamins K and E which play an important role in keeping your skin healthy and radiant. The high water content hydrates your skin from within. Cantaloupe is also a good source of B vitamins and betaine which keep your skin replenished and rejuvenated.
Maintains Skin Texture
It contains a most essential element of the skin called collagen and muskmelon benefits in maintaining the natural skin integrity and texture. It also fastens the wound healing process as well as maintaining skin firmness.
Benefits of Muskmelon (Kharbuja)
Promotes Hair Growth
It is the richest source of vital nutrients and essential minerals and muskmelon benefits in maintaining the growth of hair and health of the scalp.
Cantaloupe can be a perfect hair conditioner during the summer months. All you need to do is mash a cup of cantaloupe with a fork and massage your hair with this pulp after shampooing. Wash off after 10 minutes.