Useful properties of melon - like a false berry guilty before the king of France
Someone loves more watermelon, someone melons, but it is hardly possible to deny the beneficial properties of melons. This juicy and aromatic southern beauty pleases not only honey taste, but also a fabulous aroma. Let's see what it is and what is useful.
Who is melon: cucumber or berry?
Everyone knows that melon is a melon crop. But the fact that it belongs to the genus of cucumbers - is news for many. But in fact - this is a false berry. So a melon, like a watermelon, oddly enough, a berry. By the way, its weight can be 200 grams, and reach 20 kg, depending on the variety.
They knew about the healing properties of melons in ancient times. Even then, the great Avicenna used for medical purposes not only its pulp, but also its skin and seeds. By the way, all this is edible. And for the first time it was mentioned in the Bible. In Europe, melon learned in the Middle Ages.
Homeland melon is considered to be Central Asia and Asia Minor.In Turkmenistan, the second Sunday of August is a big holiday - “The Day of Turkmen Melon”.
Proven anti-aging properties of melons. In the East, it is precisely stated about her: “Melon makes hair shiny, eyes are young, lips are fresh, desires are strong, possibilities are achievable, men are desired, and women are beautiful.”
The beneficial properties of a melon are baby’s skin
If you look at the composition of the melon, at first it may seem that there is no way to eat it - it contains so much in it. Water, sugar and starch, honey, dietary fiber, carbohydrates and proteins, free organic acids, iron, potassium, vitamins C, PP, B1, B2, folic acid, magnesium, carotene, phosphorus, inositol, calcium, silicon. It would seem an impossible combination. And now let's see what the melon is good for thanks to the presence of these substances in it.
The presence of iron and potassium helps in the treatment of anemia. This berry is indispensable for liver and kidney diseases, cardiovascular ailments, rheumatism and gout.
The silicon content has a beneficial effect on the condition of hair and skin. With long-term use of melon hair becomes strong and healthy, the skin is gradually smoothed, getting a radiant look.Silicon works well on the cerebral cortex, helps the digestive system, intestinal walls and nerves.
Everyone knows about the benefits of vitamin C. So, in his melon more than in other cultures. Cellulose melon perfectly affects the intestinal microflora, helps to remove cholesterol from the body, thanks to it improves the digestive process.
Scientists have proven the undoubted benefits of melon with nervous disorders. It turns out that it helps produce serotonin - the so-called "hormone of happiness." After a few eaten pieces, the mood improves, the joy of life returns.
Given the rejuvenating properties of melons, it may seem that it is only useful for women. Nothing like this! It turns out that the seeds of this berry are a powerful aphrodisiac. And if you want to preserve the masculine power - eat melon seeds in raw form. Best with honey. Just do not overdo it - the daily rate - no more than 2 grams, otherwise there may be problems with the spleen.
How to eat a melon
The question is not idle, because its incorrect use can lead to indigestion. In Asia, where they use it constantly, melon is eaten during plentiful feasts. It is a kind of natural "mezyme".In our case, for those who use melon from time to time, it is recommended not to mix it with other products, but to use as a snack.
Eat only ripe melon. Immature fruit does not have all the beneficial properties. Moreover, it can adversely affect the digestive system.
Exquisite delicacy is dried melon. In Asia, it is an indispensable attribute of every tea party. Moreover, when drying, it retains all the useful properties.
If you decide to freeze the melon, then for this you need to take only ripe berry. You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Frozen melon is perfect for making all sorts of vitamin drinks and cocktails.
When a melon can harm
Do not eat melon with any dairy products, as well as with alcohol - intestinal upset you provided.
For the same reason, it is not recommended to eat melon and nursing mothers - the child’s digestive system is not yet ready to receive this berry.
Historical fact: the king of France Henry VI liked the melon so much that he ate it quite a lot, which led to an upset stomach. In a rage, he arranged a public trial of a melon, where she was found guilty of insulting the king.In the end, she was betrayed by the official curse. In fairness it should be said that the sentence was forgotten very soon and they began to use it again.
Due to the high content of sugar, it is not recommended for those who suffer from diabetes or are prone to liver disease. It is also not recommended for those who have infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
In fact, there are quite a few varieties of melons, but not all of them are available to those who do not live in the places where they are grown. We have in the markets and in the stores are available two main varieties - "Kolkhoznitsa" and "Torpeda".
Melon "Kolkhoznitsa" is grown in the Volga region. Although she does not have the whole set of such useful properties, and not so sweet, but it is perfectly used in programs for weight loss.
The sweetest and fragrant are the Uzbek torpedo melons, which perfectly transport the transport. It is in them that one can find all the beneficial properties of a melon, as well as enjoy unsurpassed taste and aroma.
The store also has a European melon variety, Cantalupa. It is not as sweet as the Torpedo, but quite fragrant and juicy and not inferior in the presence of useful properties.
As you can see, the useful properties of melons are not exaggerated. Enjoy the taste and aroma of this wonderful berry and follow the rule: “If life instead of a sweet melon is planted on you by sour lemon, do not get lost, make lemonade.