Cucumber – Elixir of Life
Cucumbers are part of the Cucurbitaceae family the same as squash, pumpkin and watermelon. As we all consider cucumber a veggie, technically it’s fruit. Containing 95% of naturally distilled water, cucumbers are instantly hydrating our body on a hot summer day. Also rich in vitamin K, B and C, potassium, copper and manganese, the cucumbers are preventing nutrition deficiencies. The cucumber’s skin contains vitamin A, so try not to peel it. I often find cucumbers as ready-to-eat green antioxidant ‘containers’. Here are some of the benefits of consuming cucumbers.
Benefits of Consuming Cucumbers
Cucumbers, elixir of life are protecting our brain, reducing the risk of cancer, keeping our heart in a healthy state and are supporting our digestive system. Containing fisetin, an anti-inflammatory flavonol, cucumbers can help us improve our memory and can protect our nerve cells. They also contain polyphenols (lignans) that helps us reduce the risk of cancer. Rich in water and fiber, cucumbers are definitely helping our digestive system maintain healthy pH in our stomach.
Eating the cucumber skin that contains insoluble fiber, helps food to move more quickly through the digestive tract. Drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux and it is believed that cucumbers can have the same effect. The presence of potassium and the absence of sodium is crucial for lowering the blood pressure levels, that’s why cucumbers are supporting our heart health.
Cucumbers have proven their role as antioxidants, containing vitamin C and beta-carotene. Additional antioxidants in cucumbers worth mentioning are quercetin (prevents hystamin release), apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol (helps fight cancer and heart diseases). Cucumbers fight inflammation and are easing the feeling of anxiety. B vitamins ( B1, B5 and B7) found in cucumbers are a great support while fighting stress.
Cucumbers used in Beauty Products
Cucumbers can be used in many beauty products. For a natural beauty product of your own, place 2 cucumber slices on your eyes and take a rest and than witness your puffy and swollen eyes being refreshed. The cooling effect is remarkably useful. Place a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth and you get odor-free mouth. Definite breath refresher. A cup of sliced cucumbers is full of fiber and water can be your greatest assistant during your healthy dieting, it contains just 16 calories and will keep you full until the time comes for the next meal.
Cucumber smoothies are known as toxin cleansers and are helping in maintaining the body temperature. Regular cucumber consumption provides extra vitamins and minerals that help us reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and vision loss. The silica in cucumbers helps our muscles stay strong and that same silica soothes our skin and calms irritation caused by acne. Did you know that it stimulates hair growth as well? If you are suffering from a slight headache, cucumbers can help you reduce the unpleasant feeling. Rubbing cucumber juice on sunburn affected areas can give us cooling and healing effect.
In my opinion, these benefits are putting the cucumber on a top position among the other healthy snacks.
Make sure you buy organic cucumbers, avoid waxed or cucumbers that can contain pesticides. If you follow this tip, you can freely eat fresh cucumber with its skin unpeeled. Always buy dark in color and firm cucumbers, avoid cucumbers with wrinkled ends. Store them in your fridge but keep in mind that it’s best to consume them within a day or two.