Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin A because of its concentrated beta-carotene content. Beta-carotene can be converted into vitamin A once inside the body. So any time you consume cantaloupe it’s like receiving both these favorable nutrients at once. One cup of cantaloupe is merely 56 calories, however provides over 100% of the daily value for vitamin A. Together vitamin A and beta-carotene are important vision nutrients. In a study of over 50,000 women nurses aged 45 to 67, women who consumed the highest dietary amount of vitamin A had a 39% reduced risk of developing cataracts. In another study that looked at the incidence of cataract surgery and diet, researchers found that those people who ate diets that included cantaloupe had half the risk of cataract surgery, while those who ate the highest amounts of butter, salt and total fat had higher risks for cataract surgery. Beta-carotene has also been the subject of extensive research in relationship to cancer prevention and prevention of oxygen-based damage to cells. Cantaloupe helps with damage from oxygen free radicals and also high in vitamin C. The vitamin C in cantaloupe stimulates the white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses. In closing cantaloupe is also high in potassium which helps in bone health and people who are involved in sports to protect against muscle deterioration.

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