Cucumber is an amazing vegetable belonging to the same family of melon, zucchini or pumpkins. It is packed with beneficial antioxidants that can fight off the free radicals, plus very low in calories and made of 95% water which is the ideal protection against dehydration.
The cucumber displays plenty of health benefits thanks to high nutritional value which can prevent the occurrence of severe diseases like certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other diseases related to aging.
As a result of that it is a staple food in many health diets which can assist in the weight loss process and at the same time boost the skin condition. Plus, it is easily available and it is present on the market shelves all year round.
Health benefits of Cucumber
High in vitamins and minerals
The cucumber is packed with vitamins A, B and C which boost the immune system and thus letting the body to defend by itself. It contains valuable minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and silicon, which the body highly needs.
Treats diabetes and high blood pressure
Due to the high content of fibers, magnesium and potassium it can regulate the blood pressure. Likewise, it contains sterols which are effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the cucumber juice has in its content a hormone required by the pancreatic cells in the production of insulin.
Betters the condition of the joints
This watery vegetable has in its content silicon that tones the joints and tendons. It can as well as treat gout and rheumatoid arthritis pains by lowering uric acid meanwhile supporting the health of the kidneys.
Removes toxins from the body
Thanks to the richness of water it easily removes the waste from the body. Plus, it helps the body’s digestion and as well as battles against constipation.
Due to the presence of the components like pinoresinol and lariciresinol, the body is being protected against the invasion of certain cancers like prostate, uterus, breast, and ovarian.
The intake of cucumber will regulate the skin acidity which is very beneficial when applied topically on sunburns. Its use will successfully relieve and soothe the sunburns.
It is a great remedy against the headaches caused by hangover because of its sugar content, vitamin B and electrolytes. Therefore, if you have overdone it with the alcohol consumption, consume some cucumber before going to bed in order to avoid the morning nausea.
Due to the high content of water it is refreshing for the body and as well as for the skin.
It has in its content lots of phytochemicals that can fight off the bacteria that create bad breath.
Beneficial for the hair and nails
The cucumber contains silicon and sulfur which boost the health of the hair and nails and at the same time strengthens them and speeds up their growth.
Lowers the puffiness and dark circles
This vegetable contains strong anti-inflammatory properties that are great for lowering the puffiness, dark circles and bags under the eyes. All you need to do is to place a slice on each eyelid.
Aside its incredible health benefits, this veggie is very tasty, therefore frequently added to salads, smoothies and fruit juice. It can be consumed as a snack which offers the needed satiety and freshness.
We recommend the following recipe for a savory cucumber salad:
2 cups of cucumbers (organic, peeled, seeded and cut)
A quarter cup of red onion (organic, and sliced)
1 garlic clove (nicely chopped)
4 teaspoons of chopped coriander
2 teaspoons of chopped parsley
Ingredients for the sauce:
A quarter cup of Greek goat yogurt
A quarter teaspoon of sea salt
A quarter teaspoon ground cumin
Half a teaspoon of lemon juice
First mix all the ingredients for the salad in a bowl. Then, in a separate bowl combine the yoghurt, lemon, cumin and salt. Add the sauce into your salad and enjoy its taste.