We have always known it as a vegetable, but recent studies claim cucumber to be a fruit, belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family from which watermelon, squash and pumpkin also hails. They are extremely good for the health as they contain vitamins and minerals in great quantities, and comprise of 96% water. But they can be easily contaminated so care should be taken to buy them fresh and organic.
The Health Benefits Of Cucumbers Are
Good For The Brain
Cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory flavonols called fisetin that is a key to good brain health. It protects the brain from age related disorders like Alzhiemer’s. It can control memory loss and maintain and prevent nerve health detoriation.
Protects Against Cancers
Cancers of the breast, uterus, ovaries and prostrate are known to benefit from certain compounds found in cucumbers. They contain polyphenols, and phytonutrients like cucuribitacins which can inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Cucumbers contain 96% water. Hence it is a good source of water replenishment and can protect the body against dehydration, especially in the summer months.
Blood Pressure And Cholesterol Control
The potassium, magnesium and fibers in cucumbers help in regulating the cholesterol levels in the body.Cucumbers also contain sterols which can lower the blood pressure levels. The overall effect is that the risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases is diminished and the heart functions well.
If there are chances of a hangover, it is advised to eat cucumber at night before sleeping to avoid a hangover in the morning. The electrolytes in cucumbers help to replace the essential nutrients and hydrate the body and prevent the occurance of body pains and headaches associated with a hangover.
Skin And Hair Care
Problems like skin irritation and sun burns are healed by rubbing cucumber slices over the affected parts. Puffy eyes can be lessened by keeping cucumber slices over the eyes and leaving them for some time. The silica and sulfur promote thick hair growth and healthy mane. cucumber has also been associated with anti aging effects as compounds present in cucumbers help in protecting the skin from the effect of free radicals.
Weight Loss And Digestion
The low calories and high water content make cucumbers an ideal weight loss diet. The dietery fibers in cucumbers aid in digestion and help in removing toxins from the body. They can help in soothing the stomach by providing relief from heartburn and acidity. Cucumbers should be daily consumed by people suffering from constant constipation.
Cucumber consumption releases a hormone in the body that aids in the production of insulin. Insulin helps in controlling the glucose levels in the body and hence cucumber is extremely good for diabetes patients.
Joint Pains And Diseases
Cucumber contains silica,an element that is vital in strengthening connective tissues. Also this fruit is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D and calcium, magnesium and potassium that protect the bones from damage and prevents the instance of chronic diseases like gout, arthritis and other bone disorders. Intake of cucumber juice mixed with carrot juice on a regular basis can reduce uric acid levels in the body which can lead to these joint pain diseases.
Treats Bad Breath
Chewing of cucumber releases enzymes that help in eliminating bad odor from the mouth by washing away the germs and it also protects the gums from damage and diseases.