Melon

Melon

Annual herbaceous plant. Its climbing stems are relatively long with tendrils. Its leaves are full or slightly lobed and its yellow flowers are monoecious. Its generally large oval or round fruit is covered with a skin that may be varying degrees of smoothness, or bumpy, ridged, reticulated or warty, with clear divisions and varying in colour between green, white and yellow tones. The yellow to orange-coloured fruit is very juicy and highly fragrant when mature. Its central, fibrous cavity enclosed numerous seeds.

Latin name

Cucumis melo L.C.

Origin

Intertropical Africa

Used part

The fruit.

Active components

Primary antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, catalase): powerful antioxidant action, immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory.

Glutathione peroxidase: plays an important role in the neutralisation of free radicals.

Secondary antioxidants (Vits. A,C,E, carotenoids): contribute to the antioxidant action.

Minerals (selenium): contribute to the antioxidant action.

Usage

The origin of the cantaloupe melon dates back 5000 years. It is not only a delicious and refreshing fruit, it also contains healthy substances. It is rich in polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins (mainly vit. A) and fibre. Recent research has demonstrated that its extracts, rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD) have several interesting properties. By reducing oxidative stress, they protect the cells from premature ageing, and have immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory properties. 1-5 They are hepatic protectors. 6,7 They have a positive influence on fatigue and stress. 8

Bibliographical references

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