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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.