3 Melons That Protect Against Cancer

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A, C and calcium, as well as Tryptophan p which is cancer-inhibitive.
Pumpkins are a good source of fiber. They are also high in magnesium and the antioxidant beta-carotene, which provides protection against cancer. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Cancer is a serious disease prevalent in modern society. Fortunately, good dietary habits can offer us some protection. In traditional Chinese medicine, the following three melons, when included in your daily diet, are said to help prevent cancer.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are called “magic melons” in some countries because they are a dietary staple. The fiber in pumpkins can help prevent obesity and reduce cholesterol. Pumpkins are very high in magnesium, and people with diets rich in magnesium have a lower risk for diabetes. Cancer protection comes from the beta-carotene found in pumpkins and from plant sterols found in pumpkin seeds.

Bitter melon

Because of its taste, many people do not favor bitter melon. However, Dr. Li Shizhen, the famous Chinese physician in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), considered it “a first-class gourd” because of its effects on curing diseases.

Quinine albuminate, an element in bitter gourds, is the key to its therapeutic effects on cancer cells or other abnormal cells.

Scientists have isolated a number of bioactive compounds from bitter melon that show anti-cancer activity. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Modern studies have shown that extracts made from bitter melon possess anti-cancer activity. Bitter melon also contains Vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein, and other flavonoids that scavenge free radicals, thus reducing cancer risk.

Sweet potato

The sweet potato is a plant common in Chinese villages where it is used frequently as food for pigs. However, in many countries, it is considered an important food for losing weight and promoting health.

The consumption of sweet potatoes has been associated with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Scientists have also discovered that a type of protein found in sweet potatoes has anti-cancer properties, and sweet potato consumption has been associated with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer.

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