The modest cucumber is actually a very healthy vegetable that is ideal for the hot summer days. Cucumbers are full of water and essential vitamins and minerals that will improve the quality of your skin and your overall health as well. Cucumbers also contain electrolytes which can hydrate your body.
Cucumbers are a vegetable from the Cucurbita family which includes pumpkins and melons as well. It has an elongated shape and variable size. The shell is usually dark green, while the flesh is almost transparent. The vegetable has a crunchy texture and great taste, and is pretty easy to grow and widely available around the world.
Here are some of the main health benefits of cucumber:
1. Detoxifies the body
Cucumbers are rich in water which can eliminate waste and toxins from your body and even treat kidney stones.
2. A great source of minerals
Cucumbers are rich in minerals such as magnesium, silicon and potassium which the body requires for various functions.
3. A great source of vitamins
Cucumbers contain the needed amounts of vitamins during the day. They are rich in vitamin C, A, and B, which boost immunity and energize the body.
4. Fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol and controls blood pressure
Cucumber juice contains a hormone necessary for pancreatic cells to produce insulin, a hormone beneficial to patients with diabetes. Researchers have discovered that sterols, a chemical compound containing cucumbers, are able to lower cholesterol levels. Potassium, magnesium and fiber from cucumbers also help regulate blood pressure.
5. Fight against cancer
Secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol, are three lignans contained in cucumbers, which are strongly linked to the prevention of various types of cancer, such as breast, ovary, prostate and uterus. Eating cucumber, is within the preventive actions that are recommended to do.
6. Hydrates the body
The high amount of water in the vegetable will keep your tissues and skin hydrated.
7. Improves the health of your kidneys
As mentioned, cucumbers reduce uric acid in the body and therefore keep the kidneys healthy.
8. Promotes joint health
The same silicon, causes the joints to become stronger, thanks to which it strengthens the connective tissues. When consumed as juice along with a little carrot, it eliminates arthritis pain and gout, by reducing uric acid.
9. Digestion and weight loss
Since they contain very low calorie count but have high water content they’re a great addition to every diet.
10. Improved hair and nails quality
They are rich in silicon and sulfur which are important nutrients for good and healthy hair and nails. They also stimulate their growth.
11. Improves your oral health and eliminates bad breath
Drinking cucumber juice often can revitalize your gums and reduce the irritation in your mouth. Cucumbers contain phytochemicals which can fight bad breath and eliminate bacteria in your mouth.
12. Fights sunburns
The consumption of cucumbers controls the skin acidity, and their application to the skin heals sunburn.
13. Heals the hangover
Cucumbers contain lots of vitamin B, sugar and electrolytes needed to prevent hangovers or headache on awakening. Before going to sleep it is recommended to eat some slices or cuts of cucumber, especially its has been drunk alcohol.
14. Reduces the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the vegetable can reduce the swelling and bags under your eyes.
15. Great taste
Aside from being super healthy they’re extra delicious and refreshing as well. Prepare them however you like and enjoy them all summer long.
HERE’S AN EXCELLENT LOW-CALORIE CUCUMBER RECIPE:
– 2 cups cucumber (peeled and chopped)
– 1/4 cup red onions (chopped)
– 2 tbsp. fresh parsley (nicely chopped)
– 1/2 cup tomato (chopped into small cubes)
– 4 ½ tsp. cilantro (fresh and chopped)
– 1 chili pepper (chopped and without seeds)
– 1 garlic clove (chopped)
– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (cottage cheese/ricotta)
– 1 ½ tsp. lime juice
– 1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
– 1/4 tsp. sea salt
– 1/4 tsp. cumin powdered
Mix everything until it’s nicely combined and serve on a slice of whole grain bread. Bon appetite!