Kharbuja Health Benefits

Kharbuja Health Benefits:

Kharbuja in English - Musk Melon

Musk Melon otherwise known as Cantaloupe, belongs to the same family “Curcurbitaceeae” as that of cucumbers and pumpkins. It is a tropical fruit and is available in abundance during summers. It’s composed mostly of water and this provides a cooling effect and satiety. 

Kharbuja fruit is highly nutritious and even Kharbuja seeds have many health benefits. While it is tasty and enjoyable, it also hydrates the body during summers and provides nourishment. It has various minerals like sodium, magnesium, potassium and does not add cholesterol to the body. Vitamin A and C are found in abundance in these melons which are required to prevent any heart diseases.

Kharbuja juice benefits

Kharbuja in different Indian Languages:

Before seeing the health benefits of Kharbuja fruit and Kharbuja seeds, let us see the names of Kharbuja in different Indian Languages.

Kharbuja in English - Musk Melon, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew, Mashmelon
Kharbuja in Tamil - Khirni or Kirni or Majal Mulambalam
Telugu - Kharbooja
Kannada - Kekkarikke Hannu
Hindi - Kharbuja  or Kharbuja or Kharbooja
Malayam - Not aware. Please update the malayalam name if you are aware.

Health Benefits of Kharbuja:

Good for the eyes:

Kharbuja or Kirni is rich in beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A which is essential for sharp eyesight. Vitamin A is also found to greatly reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Regular intake of musk melon helps to keep your eyes healthy and good.

Relieves constipation:

Kharbuja or Kirni has a substantial amount of dietary fibre and water content that helps regulate bowel movements and relieves constipation. It has been found through a study that ethanol extract in musk melons relieves constipation and stomach pain. So, when you are in constipation, try eating kharbuja fruits or make Kharbuja juice and drink it to get relief from constipation.

Aids weight loss:

Kharbuja is good for weight loss. The carbohydrate in Kharbuja or Kirni fruit is easily processed by the body and it does not have much fat. The seeds contain fibre which helps in losing weight and the high water content gives a feeling of satiety. The potassium in the fruit helps in burning off the belly fat. Kharbuja is good to have when you are in diet and looking for weight loss.

Immunity booster and Anti-ageing:

Vitamin C in Kharbuja helps boost immunity. Vitamin C is known to prevent cells from ageing prematurely and plays a vital role in stimulating the production of white blood cells which fight infections. Regular intake of Kharbuja helps you to look young and beautiful. You will also have good immunity power throughout life.

Protects against Asthma:

Beta-carotene found in yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables like oranges, pumpkins and carrots reduce the risk of developing asthma. Vitamin C in Kharbuja also helps protect against developing asthma.

Decreases blood pressure:

Potassium in musk melons reduces the blood pressure level. Potassium along with sodium makes the muscles to contract and aids in nerve signal transmission. An adult needs 4.7 grams of potassium and a cup of Kharbuja or Kirni contributes 9% to the everyday requirement. Potassium lowers blood pressure, prevents kidney stones and reduces risk of osteoporosis as well as stroke.

Reduces risk of prostate and colon cancer:

Beta-carotene found in abundance in Kharbuja or Kirni plays a major role in fighting against prostate cancer. Also, in Japanese men and women beta-carotene is found to shrink the development of colon cancer significantly in latest research.

Kharbuja Health Benefits for women:

Musk melons with its significant level of Potassium, helps regulate the blood pressure by eliminating unwanted sodium during menstruation. This helps prevent clots and reduces heavy flow.

Kharbuja is good for both pregnant and lactating women. It is found to increase the milk production in lactating mothers. It has iron and folic acid which is essential for the baby’s development. The folates in musk-melon prevent water retention in pregnant women. It helps prevent nausea during the first trimester.

Great for the skin and hair:

Vitamin A found in musk-melons is required for the growth of hair, skin and tissues. It nourishes the scalp, prevents hair fall and promotes hair growth. Vitamin C in this fruit helps form collagen which is the foundation to healthy skin and hair. One cup of musk melon meets 97% of the everyday requirement of Vitamin C.

How to use Muskmelon for hair?

Grind Kharbuja fruit into a paste and apply on the scalp leaving for 15 – 20 minutes for moisturized healthy hair.

Reduces the risk of heart diseases:

Adenosine, an anticoagulant present in musk melons prevents clots from getting formed in the blood. It prevents blockages in the arteries and reduces the risk of heart attack. It also hardens the walls of the arteries reducing the risk for heart problems. Regular intake of Kharbuja fruit helps you to have a healthy heart for lifetime.

Safe for diabetics:

This might vary from person to person. So, please consult your doctor before including anything new in your diet.

Musk melons have simple sugars and is therefore safe for consumption by people with diabetes. Due to its low glycemic index, it reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy, where high blood sugar damages the kidney.

With lot of health benefits, Kharbuja is one of the healthy fruits that you can take regularly. Kharbuja juice is very good for health. Musk melons are not widely used like other fruits. It is good to include musk melon also in your diet.

I have already posted recipe for Kharbuja juice in this blog. Check the recipe here - Kharbuja juice.

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