Cucumbers have a wealth of health benefits. They are low in calories, rich in nutrients, as well as rich in water and electrolytes.They are easy to grow and are grown all around the world. They can be of various colors, shapes, and sizes, but in general, they have a dark green color, under which there is a rich, crunchy flesh, rich in small seeds which are edible.
A member of the Cucurbita family, cucumber plant is easy to grow and can thrive in virtually every part of the world. You can find fresh cucumbers all the year round.
Today, we will give you 13 amazing reasons to consume them as a natural medicine:
Cucumbers are loaded with minerals such as:
These minerals are essential for the efficient function of the body.
2. Eliminate toxins
Cucumbers have a high content of water, which helps to get rid of waste from the body. The water even dissolves the kidney stones.
3. Combat diabetes, regulate cholesterol and control blood pressure
Cucumbers are rich in fiber, magnesium, and potassium. All of these help regulate blood pressure. Cucumber juice is packed with a hormone that’s necessary for pancreatic cells to generate insulin.
Cucumbers are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, which are effective in boosting immunity and energizing the body.
5. Moisturizes the body
A fresh cucumber is 90 percent water. It is effective in hydrating and moisturizing the body and skin.
6. Combat cancer
Being rich in three lignans, lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol, and pinoresinol, cucumbers can avert various cancer types, such as ovary, breast, prostate, nd uterus.
7. Support joint health
Cucumbers contain silicon, which is effective in strengthening the joints and connective tissues. When mixed with carrot, cucumbers can treat arthritis and gout pain.
8. Promote Kidney health
Cucumbers reduce uric acid in the body and help maintain kidney health.
9. Digestion and weight loss
Being low in calories and rich in water, cucumbers are great for weight loss. They’re also rich in fiber, and hence promote proper digestion and avert constipation.
10. Fresh breath and healthy gums
Cucumber releases a refreshing juice to the gums when you chew it. The juice combats inflammation. It’s also rich in phytochemicals that neutralize bacteria and fight bad bacteria.
11. Healthy hair and nails
The silicon and sulfur in cucumber promote the hair and nail health as well as accelerate their growth.
12. Combat solar damage
Consuming cucumbers regulates the skin acidity. Likewise, you can apply them to your skin to heal sunburn.
13. Relieve hangover
Cucumber has a high content of sugar, vitamin B, and electrolyte, which treats headaches and hangovers. After drinking alcohol, eat some slices of cucumber before going to bed.
Here’s a simple low-calorie cucumber recipe:
- 1/2 cup seeded tomato cut into small pieces
- 2 cups finely chopped peeled and seeded cucumber
- 4-1 / 2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1 chili (jalapeño, tree, etc.) without seeds and chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1-1 / 2 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1-1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Take the first 7 ingredients and mix them in a small bowl. Mix the other 5 in another bowl. Pour the cucumber mixture in the second bowl. Stir well and cover. Then, serve it with whole-grain toast.