Cucumber (cucumis sativus) is known as a vegetable but it is botanically classifies as a fruit. Cucumber have a distinct mild melon like taste and smell as a result of aldehydes. Cucumber is slightly bitter because of the cucurbitacins in it. Cucumber contains the following minerals: sodium, silica, copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. It is loaded with vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Cucumber contains low calories, carbohydrates, and protein as well as dietary fibre, pantothenic acid and molybdenum. The best way to eat cucumber is to unpeel it to prevent loss of some fibres, vitamins and minerals.
Cucumber Health Benefits
1. Eye Health
Cucumber contains vitamin C that makes immune system stronger and beta carotene that is good for healthy vision. When eyes become dry, cucumbers can hydrates your skin and slows blood flow to around your eyes reducing dryness and redness. Cucumber place on the eyes soothe puffiness and reduce dark circles on the skin. Slicing the bark of cucumber and placing them on your eyes for about 10 minutes relaxes your eyes and reduces puffiness around the eyes.
2. Reduces Bad Breath
Consumption of cucumber increase saliva production in our mouth. Cucumber contains phytochemicals that fights bacteria that causes bad breath or mouth odor.
3. Manages Stress
Eating of cucumber will help you to stay cool and relaxed as a result of multiple vitamin B found in it. They help to fight stress and relaxes the body.
4. Bone Health
Cucumber contains vitamin D which increases bone density and vitamin K that reduces bones fracture. Both vitamin combine together and strengthen our bones. It prevents osteoporosis in elderly men and women.
5. Brain Health
The presence of anti-inflammatory compound known as fisetin reduces the risk of development of neurodegenerative diseases and age related cognitive disorders such as alzheimer.
6. Help in Weight Loss
Cucumber contains 95% water and low in calories which help in the reduction of weight when combined with exercise and healthy lifestyle.
7. Regulate Blood Glucose
Cucumber is helpful in the management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Consumption of cucumber won’t raise your blood glucose because it has zero glycemic index. It contains carbohydrates that can be easily digested by diabetic patients.
8. Good for Healthy Digestion
Cucumber act as stomach coolant and rich in soluble fibre that slows digestion.
9. Healthy Skin
Cucumber are great beauty enhancer. The application of cucumber juice on the skin makes it soft, glowy, reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
10. Prevent Constipation
Cucumber is rich in water and soluble fibre that soften stools, promotes healthy bowel movements and prevent constipation.
11. Regulate Blood Pressure
Cucumber is rich in magnesium, potassium, and dietary fibre which makes it effective in the regulation of blood pressure. According to research elderly people with hypertension that regularly consume cucumber juice experience stability in the blood pressure compare to those who don’t.
12. Good for Hair and Nails
Cucumber contains mineral known as silica that strengthens nails and prevent them from becoming brittle. That same silica is good for hair.
13. Body Detoxification
Regular consumption of cucumber help in the removal of accumulated waste and toxins out of the body. Cucumber juice mix with carrot juice is helpful in the treatment and management of arthritis due to it ability to remove excess uric acid.
14. Keep Your Body Hydrated
The amount of water you ingest from cucumber depends on your serving size. Cucumber contains 95% of water. Consumption of it helps in keeping you hydrated and prevents you from the damaging effects of dehydration.
15. Rich in antioxidants and micronutrients
Antioxidants in cucumbers fights free radicals and prevent it from damaging the body. Cucumber is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and phytochemicals that contains anti-inflammatory properties. According to research cucumbers is loaded with a group of polypenol known as lignans that may be helpful in the treatment of estrogen related cancers.
What You Must Know Before Consuming Cucumber
- People allergic to cucumber may show symptoms such as hives, swelling and difficulty in breathing.
- People taking blood thinner should not consume too much cucumber because vitamin K in them cam make blood clotting to become difficult.
- People suffering from kidney disorder should not consume too much cucumber so that it won’t increase the water and potassium content in their body.
- Consumption of cucumber can result in digestive problems such as bloating and flatulence in some people.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of dietician or medical professional is urgently needed.