Cucumber is one of the few fruits that is about 96% water and less in calories. Because cucumbers are mostly water, they are low in calories but they still come loaded with nutritional value. It can be eaten in different forms; either raw or as garnish for a meal. Some of the health benefits may include the following:

  • Hydration: Eating cucumber can replace fluid loss through perspiration as it contains about 96% water thus making it a good source of hydration.

 

  • Coolant: are you experiencing internal heat? Or your skin itches? Then cucumber is the right cooling agent you need. Applying it to the skin helps to relieve the scorch of the sun thus preventing sunburn and itchy skin.

 

  • Rich in vitamins A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.

 

  • Rich in minerals: Minerals such as magnesium, potassium, silicon help to enrich the skin making it radiant and subtle. That’s why cucumber-based treatments are popular in spas.

 

  • Aids in weight loss: If you are looking to shed some unwanted body weight, then make cucumber part of your meal. Enjoy cucumbers in your salads and soups.

 

  • Reducing eyes bags: You can get rid of the sagging lower eyelids and puffiness by placing a chilled slice of cucumber on the eyes. This is a common treatment done in spas.

 

  • Anti-cancer: Several studies have shown that cucumber contains some antioxidants that help to prevent the development of cancer.

 

  • Oral health: Cucumber juice helps to refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good. Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria.

 

  • Vitamin K: vitamin K plays a role in building bone, as well as other tissues of the body. However, vitamin K is mainly responsible for making some of the proteins the liver requires for blood clotting. This coagulation ability is important for people who suffer from bleeding disorders, reducing their chances of bleeding out after a cut or injury.

 

  • Smooths hair and nails: the mineral silica in cucumber makes your hair and nails stronger and shining.

 

  • Protect Your Brain: Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

  • Healthy Heart: Potassium is a vital electrolyte which plays an important role in determining the health status of the heart. Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly. As an electrolyte, potassium is a positive charged ion that must maintain a certain concentration in order to carry out its functions, which includes interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and heart function.

 

  • Support Your Digestive Health: Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion which are water and fiber. Adding cucumbers to your juice or salad can help you meet the ideal of amount of fiber your body needs 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. In the case of acid reflux, drinking water usually helps to dilute the acidic concentration by raising the pH. It’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect.

 

  • Detoxification: Water also plays an important role in removing wastes from the body. This makes cucumber a good system flusher and regular use may help reduce kidney stones.

 

Why don’t you add cucumber to your meals today and benefit from its numerous health importance.

 

 

Sources

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http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42

 

  • Phytochemicals: the cancer fighters in the foods we eat. (n.d.).

http://www.aicr.org/reduce-your-cancer-risk/diet/elements_phytochemicals.html