Cucumber is one of the best foods out there. An important ingredient in salads and coleslaw, it is quite surprising that quite a number of people have come to appreciate it only as a sex toy. In recent times, in fact, cucumber has replaced many sex toys/vibrators today, why?…
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As popular as the cucumber is, many are still not aware of the enormous health benefits these low-calorie veggies carry…
Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including cantaloupe and watermelon). The fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world is the cucumber. It is known also to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health.
Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be. Whilst most people think of cucumbers as vegetables, they are really not vegetables but fruit.
Nutritional Profile of Cucumber
- Lots of phytonutrients can be gotten from cucumbers. They are good sources of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such lignans, triterpenes, and flavonoids, which contains antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- The seeds and peels are the most nutrient-dense parts of the cucumber.
- They contain beta-carotene and fibre, a form of vitamin A that is good for eyes; they are naturally low in carbohydrates, calories, cholesterol, sodium, and fat.
Health benefits of Cucumber
The widely cultivated food provides us with a unique combination of awesome nutrients.
- Skin and hair care
Cucumbers have been known to have a soothing and cooling effect that causes irritation, swelling, and inflammation to decrease when used topically. The silicon and sulfur in this fruit help to stimulate hair growth.
When cucumber slices are placed on the eyes, it causes morning puffiness to decrease. It also alleviates and treats sunburn when placed on the affected areas.
Cucumbers are 95 percent water. This makes them a great source of hydration. A cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water keeping the body hydrated while helping the body to eliminate toxins. Staying hydrated will help your skin stay supple and smooth, and adding in cucumbers to your water intake can do a lot of goodies to your wellbeing.
- Fight Cancers
Cucumbers are known to contain secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol, and pinoresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research have a strong impact in reducing the risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
- Relieves Bad Breath
Ever you ever experienced a bad breath before? How do you feel about this? But then, the phytochemicals present in cucumber kills the bacteria responsible for bad breath in your mouth.
Cucumber is an excellent source of silica. It has been known to help promote joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in Vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.
- Heart health
The consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables of all kinds has been associated with a reduced risk for many health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity.
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