If you love watermelon, then you would definitely love golden melon.
Golden melon is a species of the melon family. Botanically known as Cucumis melo, the golden melon is originally from Europe and Africa before spreading to other parts of the world.
It is distinguished by its bright golden-colored firm skin with succulent juicy sweet flesh. Golden melon is packed with health and nutritional benefits which include vitamins and minerals.
Golden melon can be eaten on its own and also be made into smoothies.
These fruits are currently in season in Nigeria so why not indulge them?
Here are some of the benefits of golden melon.
1. It helps with hydration
Golden melons are known to have high water content which keeps the body hydrated. It contains about 90 percent water, magnesium, and electrolytes which help your body stay hydrated.
2. It boosts immunity
Golden Melon is a good source of Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
3. It is good for pregnant women
It contains folic acid which promotes fetal health, making it ideal for preconception care.
4. It aids digestion
The juicy fruit consists of both soluble and insoluble fibre which is of great benefit to the digestive system.
Golden melon keeps your gut free from gastrointestinal diseases by ensuring the growth of healthy bacteria. It also regulates bowel movement and prevents constipation.
5. It promotes skin health
Golden melon contains copper which helps in skin regeneration leaving your skin glowing and fresh. It can also be used as a natural facial mask.
6. It prevents anemia
Consumption of golden melon helps prevent anemia as it is rich in folate which is required in the production of red blood cells in our body.
7. It aids weight loss
Golden melon also aids weight loss as it helps control your appetite.
8. It controls cholesterol
The high content of fiber in golden melon is very beneficial to control the cholesterol level. The fiber is able to flush toxins and instantly carry away the bad cholesterol in the blood. This way, the consumption of golden melon is able to control the cholesterol level in the blood.
9. It protects eyesight
Golden melon protects the eyes as it contains the antioxidant, zeaxanthin which protects the macular of the eye.
10. It boosts mental health
Golden melon is a good source of vitamin B6 which helps to produce serotonin in our body. Serotonin is a type of chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter for relaying signals from one area of the brain to the other. This signal affects the brain cells thus impacts the way we feel, sleep, behave, and our appetite. It also has an impact on our memory, sexual desire, and the way our body regulates its temperature.
Serotonin deficiency is thought to be associated with several psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depressed mood, and aggression.