Health benefits of eating Cucumber

Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit and is full of good health.

Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.

However, there's a reason to eat cucumbers all year long. It's high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.

Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals. One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following :

  • Calories: 45
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fibre: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 13% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 12% of the RDI
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Health benefits :
  • Cool cucumber keeps you hydrated. 
  • Fights heat, both inside and out. Eating cucumber gives you relief from heartburn. Applying cucumber on your skin gives you relief from sunburn and itchy skin.
  • Flushes out toxins and waste products from your body. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Nourishes you with vitamins like A, B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy and keep you radiant. 
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. 
  • Aids in weight loss. Enjoy cucumbers in your salads and soups.
  • Revives the eyesPlacing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Cuts cancer riskCut down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.
  • Stabilizes blood pressurePatients that struggle with blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.
  • Refreshes the mouthCucumber juice refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good.
  • Smooths hair and nails. Silica in cucumber makes your hair and nails stronger and shinier. For dry and rough hair, make some cucumber paste, mixing it with water. Then just gently massage the concoction on your head and gradually see the difference on your hair and scalp health.
  • Soothes muscle and joint painAll those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
  • Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
  • Good for diabetics. Cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin for diabetic patients.
  • Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Protect Your Brain. Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer's disease.
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All in all, cucumbers contain a plethora of powerful nutrients and vitamins, which are essential for supporting your overall physical and mental health. Try to incorporate as much of the vegetable you can.

 

(Source : Internet)

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