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It’s the juicy treat that’s plentiful this time of year – and not only is cantaloupe easy on the wallet, but it’s also practically bursting with health benefits your summer body will thank you for.
According to Shape, the melon is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium and is also rich in beta-carotene – a carotenoid the body converts into vitamin A that supports immune system functions, skin and vision health.
WebMD reports cantaloupe contains 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. Cantaloupe is also an excellent source of fiber, which is great for keeping our digestive tracts healthy and can help manage high blood cholesterol.
Along with vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, cantaloupe contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals including, folic acid, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin K, and zinc.
The delicious summer staple is made up of 90 percent water, which means it’s a great choice for combatting the dehydration we can face during the hotter months, especially since it’s packed full of electrolytes that help balance fluids in the body.