Cantaloupe for Cancer Prevention
The vibrant color of cantaloupe is from the abundant levels of beta-carotene, known for providing health benefits. Not only a sweet treat, this smoothie provides a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that work hard in preventing illness and disease.
INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 3-4 CUPS
- 1 cup watercress
- ½ cantaloupe, rind and seeds removed
- 1 apple, peeled and cored
- 1 banana, peeled
- ¼" ginger, peeled
- 1 cup purified water
Place watercress, cantaloupe, apple, banana, ginger, and ½ cup water in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined.
Add remaining ½ cup water as needed while blending until desired consistency is achieved.
PER 1 CUP SERVING: Calories: 70 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Fiber: 2g | Carbohydrates: 18g
Beta-Carotene's Fight Against Cancer
Among the many benefits beta-carotene offers, one of the major responsibilities of this strong antioxidant is to combat free radicals from the environment, certain foods, and unhealthy lifestyles. Free radicals can cause abnormal growth in cells, which can lead to dangerous illnesses like cancer. Studies have shown that diets rich in carotenes promote proper cell growth, thereby reducing the chances of cancers and disease.