Thorn Melon is believed to improve digestion, neutralizing free radicals, preventing cancer, slowing down the aging process, alleviating stress, improving visibility and strengthening bones. Other benefits includes promoting cognitive function, strengthening hair follicles, enhancing the skin, maintaining heart health, promoting brain health, treating iron deficiency, curing diabetes, aiding recovery from heat stroke, strengthening muscle, and decreasing the risk of obesity.
What is Thorn Melon or Horned Melon?
The thorn melon or horned melon otherwise known as Kiwano has orange skin and spikes on its outer surface but is pulpy inside.
The horned melon mostly grows in the dry or semi-arid places of the world and comes mainly from the Kalahari Desert in Africa due to the extreme climatic conditions. It becomes the traditional fruit of Africa that keep the Africans hydrated during the dry seasons. In Kenya, it’s seen growing on roofs of latrines, no wonder the negative perception of the fruit. However, it’s now grown artificially in various parts of the world, like Australia, New Zealand and in other places of the US.
You can eat it as a snack between meals. The kiwano can become a fresh addition to your salads. The taste of the fruit is similar to bananas and passionfruit but quite a number of people say its taste less,mostly first timers.The peel of the melon contains essential nutrients, organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. This reason is why the World Health Organization (WHO) considered it an essential fruit for fighting malnutrition and treating illnesses.
Health Benefits Thorn Melon
1. Full of Antioxidants
The high antioxidant content (a-tocopherol and y-tocopherol) in kiwano keep the blood vessels and nerves healthy as well as neutralize the free radicals in the body. It flushes out carcinogenic substances from the body, thanks to its antioxidant properties. The nutrients in this fruit protect you from various critical illnesses, including cancer and heart diseases.
2. Improves Digestion
Kiwano is loaded with dietary fibers that improve the digestion process. The basic function of fiber is that it facilitates healthy digestion. It prevents serious medical conditions, such as colon cancer and gastric ulcers. The gelatinous nature of the fruit reduces constipation and cleans the urinary tract.
3. Reduces Pre-Mature Aging
Horned Melon offers many crucial elements to the body, including vitamin C. Kiwano helps in the production of collagen and repairs damaged skin and organ tissues. The fruit shields cells from injury, toxins and waste products that may lead to the development of many aging disorders. Moreover, regular consumption of kiwano prevents the early symptoms of aging, such as scars, blemishes, and spots.
4. Alleviates Stress
The organic constituent of kiwano helps to regulate the stress hormones, such as adrenaline.