Grandma always looked young for her age. In fact, she looked twenty years younger and I couldn’t understand how this was possible, until I learned her secret. Grandma was hooked on cantaloupe. Whenever one was available, she purchased it, no matter what the price might have been. Crazy as it sounds, she learned this secret from her own mother, who in turned learned from hers.

Vitamin A, which cantaloupe is loaded with, is vital for proper skin growth and repair. It’s one of a family of natural and synthetic substances known as retinoids, which are the primary ingredients in many prescription skin-care drugs, such as tretinoin (Retin-A). You can get some of the same skin-protecting effect (at a fraction of the cost) simply by eating plenty of foods that are rich in beta-carotene, such as the cantaloupe.

Now, in a previous article, I had mentioned apricots being an amazing fruit containing Vitamin A, too. So, frankly, since both have the same qualities in helping to slow down the skin’s aging process, it’s a matter of choice in deciding whether to use one or the other, or both in one’s diet.

However, the cantaloupe is known for more than helping one’s skin to stay youthful and that’s do with preventing macular degeneration. This disease is among the leading causes of vision loss in older adults. One of the best ways to prevent it is to eat more cantaloupe. It’s loaded with beta-carotene, a plant chemical that’s converted to vitamin A in the body and used every minute of every day by your eyes.

Not only does eating cantaloupe help to prevent macular degeneration, it also has a great source of potassium, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Just like the apricot, cantaloupe is used in smoothies, too. Consuming a cantaloupe smoothie provides the needed boost when one feels too lazy to do anything, except sit in a chair. The ingredients needed in making this smoothie are:
½ cup of cold, evaporated milk, 3 cups of cantaloupe cubes, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe yields one serving.

Here’s another drink using cantaloupe and it’s not a smoothie. It’s a golden goodie packed with vitamins and minerals that makes a terrific non-alcoholic beverage for a cocktail party. For this drink, one needs 2 cups of cold cantaloupe cubes, 1 cup of cold tonic water, 3 cups of ice cubes, and 2 lime wedges. In a blender, combine the cantaloupe and tonic water. Blend on high until smooth. Fill two tall glasses with ice, add the cantaloupe mixture, and garnish each with a lime.

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Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

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