Cantaloupe is a species of melon with a light orange-hued flesh and is related to watermelon and honeydew. The fruit can be made into a light tasting juice and it can be blended with other fruit or vegetable juices. Drinking fresh juices helps you get vitamins and minerals also found in the whole fruit.
Benefits of Potassium
Cantaloupe juice is a rich source of potassium. Potassium plays an essential role in nervous system function and allows nerves to convey electrochemical signals to each other. In addition, potassium contributes to bone tissue, helps muscle contraction and might help reduce blood pressure. One and a half cup of melon balls will juice down to roughly 1 cup of cantaloupes juice. This serving contains approximately 709 milligrams of potassium, or 15 percent of the daily-recommended intake.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Fresh cantaloupe juice also contains vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to proper nervous system function by aiding in the synthesis of norepinephrine, a brain chemical that helps regulate the body's flight or fight response to stress. In addition, vitamin C helps maintain healthy skin, cartilage, bone, ligament and blood vessel tissue. Consuming the fresh juice made from 1 and 1/2 cup of cantaloupe balls provides 97.4 milligrams of vitamin C, significantly contributing towards the daily intake 75 milligrams for women and surpassing the recommended 90 milligrams for men.
Benefits of Vitamin A
Cantaloupe juice contains a large amount of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A. Beta-carotene gives the fruit with its characteristic orange hue along with its nutritional value. Cells convert beta-carotene into an active form of vitamin A then use the vitamin to maintain vision, grow healthy skin, support the immune system and promote proper cellular maturation. The 1-cup serving of cantaloupe juice contains 8,979 international units of vitamin A, containing more than double the recommended daily intake of 3,000 international units for men and triple the 2,333 international units for women. Combining cantaloupe juice with carrot or pumpkin juice creates a drink that is an excellent source of vitamin A.
Cut the cantaloupe into small slices. Then measure and add about a cup of water into a large saucepan. Steam the cantaloupe. Allow the water to bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the fruit to cook for 5 minutes. Reserve the liquid for pureeing. Allow the cantaloupe to cool down. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for about an additional 5 minutes. You will know when the fruit is properly steamed when you can easily mash it with a fork. Add the cantaloupe and juice into a food processor. To make it easier for the fruit to puree, add about 2 to 4 tablespoons of liquid from the saucepan. Add the mixture to ice cube trays and freeze. You will have great cantaloupe ice to add to your fresh cantaloupe juice for hot summer days.
Even though fresh cantaloupe juice has a number of health benefits, you should consume fruit juices in moderation. By consuming the juice instead of the whole fruit you miss out beneficial nutrients such as dietary fiber, a type of carbohydrate required for digestive health. Fruit juices tend to contain more calories than fresh fruit because preparing the juice often requires using more than one serving of the fruit./AgroWeb.org/