Cucumbers are really crispy and refreshing to eat. It also offers a lot of health benefits. It is rich in electrolytes and water as well as low in calories and high in nutrients. Along with pumpkins and melons, the cucumber plant is a vine and a member of Cucurbita family.
They are grown all around the world. Generally, they have dark green color though it can be in various shapes, sizes, and colors. It has a crunchy and rich flesh as well as edible small seeds.
However, if you leave it and let it grow, its skin will become harder as it increases its size. Its seeds will turn into yellow and should not be eaten.
Throughout the entire year, you can find a fresh cucumber.
Find out why you should always eat cucumber!
It is high in minerals, including silicon, magnesium, and potassium which is needed by the body to perform its numerous functions.
2. Eliminate toxins
It is loaded with water that helps in eliminating body wastes and can further dissolve kidney stones.
3. Fight diabetes, control blood pressure and lower cholesterol
Cucumbers having a high level of potassium, magnesium, and fiber, has the ability to regulate blood pressure. Cucumber juice is rich in hormone needed by pancreatic cells in order to produce insulin.
Cucumbers are rich in vitamins such as A, B, and C. These are needed by the body during the day to get energized and boost immunity.
5. Moisturize the body
Cucumber moisturizes the skin and hydrates the body as it contains 90 percent of water.
6. Fight against cancer
Cucumbers are high in three lignans, pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol which prevent breast, uterus, prostate and ovarian cancer.
7. Promote joint health
Cucumber contains silicon that strengthens the joints and the connective tissues. A mix of carrots and cucumber treats arthritis pain and gout by reducing uric acid.
8. Support the health of the kidneys
It reduces uric acid as well as keeps the kidneys healthy.
9. Digestion and weight loss
Cucumbers are excellent for weight loss as it contains low calories and a high percentage of water. Additionally, it is rich in fiber that prevents constipation and aids in digestion.
10. Healthy gums and fresh breath
When you chew a cucumber, the juices it released refreshes the gums and heals inflammation. It also fights bad breath and destroys bacteria due to its high photochemical content.
11. Perfect hair and nails
The sulfur and silicon present in cucumber make the nails and hair strong and healthy as well as accelerate their growth.
12. Fight solar damage
Cucumbers can control skin acidity and thus heals sunburn by just applying it to the skin.
13. Heal hangover
Because of its electrolyte, sugar and high vitamin B content, cucumbers can treat hangovers and headaches. That’s why, if you have drunk an alcohol, make sure to eat a few slices of eat before you sleep.
14. Ends with dark circles
Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that can remove swelling and dark circles under the eyes.
15. Amazing taste
Cucumbers are ranked fourth most harvested vegetable in the world due to its numerous health and nutrient benefits. You may add them to juices, salads, and appetizers to enjoy its refreshing flavor.
Try this low-calorie cucumber recipe:
2 cups finely chopped peeled and seeded cucumber
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup tomato (seeded and cut into small pieces)
4-1 / 2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 chili chopped and without seeds
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (you can also use cottage cheese/ricotta)
1-1 / 2 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1-1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Mix the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, and the remaining 5 in another one. Afterward, pour the cucumber mixture in the second bowl, stir, and cover. Serve it with whole-grain toast.