Cucumber – often referred to as vegetable is also considered as a fruit in many parts of the world. Since adolescence I have known cucumber as a salad material and often found in refreshing drinks. But now, after knowing the nutritional content and magnificent mineral value I feel that this is the most easily consumed item that can take good care of health. Many researches have stated that cucumber is best food for overall health. Let me tell you why they inferred such a conclusion.
Cucumbers, unlike any other vegetable, are 95% water with zero cholesterol content in it. It contains a number of minerals and nutrients namely vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, protein, iron and calcium. Not just this, cucumbers are again a good source of dietary fiber. All these nutrients have made scientists think that yes, cucumber is a food item that is best option for optimum health.
Now, without wasting much of time coming directly to the health benefits you can reap from cucumber:
As mentioned above, cucumber is nothing but 95% water, this statement in itself tells the best job cucumbers can do. One cucumber contains enough liquid content to keep you hydrated on a sunny day. Not just water content, the electrolytes present in it makes it an ideal food to be consumed in summers, so that one doesn’t suffer dehydration even if you do not get enough time to drink water over and over again.
- Weight loss:
Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins and excess of fat from the digestive system, aiding digestion. And once eaten, it makes you feel full, and supresses diet. Hence it should be a top priority food for people who are on dieting and want to lose weight without much of workout.
- Checks Blood Pressure:
High or low, blood pressure is not good for health in both conditions, so it is really important to keep a check on blood pressure because it is further related to diseases like heart attack, strokes, kidney diseases and vision loss. Thanks to the high potassium content in cucumber, it is able to keep blood pressure levels to normal, plus it is essentially free of sodium, thus if someone is suffering from high blood pressure concern, he/she can take the best out of it.
- Healthy Skin:
Cucumber is essentially one of the best foods that look after your skin. This is the reason why the beauty products have cucumber in them. Cucumber water helps soothe from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion and avoid dry skin. Not just this, cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which can cure the problem of acne.
- Revitalizes Body:
Our body’s daily need of minerals and vitamins increases with the age and the type of activities we carry out. For heavy workers or athletes more nutrients are required as compared to the ones who have a sitting job, yet the difference is not huge in requirement. Cucumbers being the power house of nutrients, help you meet your daily nutrient requirement. It is not just that cucumber fulfils the demand, but also helps our immune system to strengthen and work more efficiently and protects us from several diseases.
- Healthy Bones:
Low intake of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Thanks to cucumber, you can increase vitamin K constituency in your body. Actually vitamin K helps the absorption of calcium in bones and makes them stronger. Plus, cucumber also contains calcium; though it is not that high, but yet it adds to strengthening of bones and helps repair fractured bones. Studies have also found that cucumber is also good for arthritis patients as it helps reduce inflammation.
- Controls Diabetes:
Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. Thus, eating cucumber increases the production of insulin in the body which is directly related to blood sugar levels, and hence cucumber helps controlling diabetes. Plus, cucumber has one more benefit, it is almost water hence it gets digest easily and keeps removing toxins out of body which also helps bring sugar level in control.
- Checks Cholesterol Levels:
Studies have found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers helps reduce the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and also promotes the formation of (HDL) good cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are directly related to health problems like strokes and attacks, thus cucumber is a good choice for the heart patients having cholesterol problem.
- Fights Bad Breath:
The growth of bacteria in mouth is faster in some people which is responsible for the foul smell or what we call as bad breath. If you are a sufferer than here is the cure – cucumber. Yes, cucumber can cure this problem of bad breath. Cucumber contains phytochemicals that fights the bacteria and improves the breath. If you have this problem, then what you can do is take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. It will improve breath instantaneously.
These are the top nine benefits that you get from this crunchy and tasty cucumber. Other benefits which are not so famous are, it helps growing nails, as it makes nails stronger, fights cancer causing agents, improves overall stomach health and some also say, it fights insomnia.
The best way to include cucumber in your diet is using it in salad with meals or you can have it in the form of juice, and you can also mix it in other juices like carrot juice.
Apart from the benefits that we get on consuming, cucumber also has several benefits when used on skin also. It is famous for fighting the dark circles, plus it also helps relieves sunburns and other skin ailments.
Keep refreshing yourselves with cucumber and keep commenting.
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