Cucumbers are one of the healthiest vegetables that exist. Although many people don’t think so, they are incredibly healthy and refreshing, especially in the hot summer days. Thanks to the high amount of essential nutrients, cucumbers offer quite a lot of health benefits. They are rich in electrolytes, water and a host of essential minerals.
Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbita family native to India, but they are cultivated in all parts of the world. They have a different shape and size (depending on the variety), and are usually green in color. They have a crunchy and hydrating flesh and small seeds. If you leave a cucumber to grow, its shell will get harder and yellow, and the seeds will also grow in size and turn to yellow as well.
Here are some reasons why you should eat cucumbers more frequently:
A rich source of minerals
Cucumbers are rich in a variety of minerals including potassium, silicon and magnesium which are important for our heart health and various processes in the body.
A great detoxifier
Thanks to the high amount of water, cucumbers can purify the body of toxins and even flush out kidney stones.
Fight diabetes, regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol
Cucumbers contain a lot of magnesium, potassium and fiber which can reduce cholesterol, keep your blood pressure steady and prevent diabetes as well.
An excellent source of vitamins
Cucumbers are rich in vitamins A and C, which can reinforce the immune system and improve numerous body functions.
Hydrate the body
A fresh cucumber contains up to 90% of water, which means that they can hydrate our skin and body.
According to several studies, cucumbers contain lignans, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol, powerful cancer-fighting compounds which can kill prostate, breast, uterus and ovary cancer cells.
Improves the health of your joints
The silicon found in cucumbers can reinforce your connective tissues. When mixed with carrots, cucumbers become a powerful remedy against inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis and gout.
Improve the health of your kidneys
Cucumbers neutralize the uric acid in the body, effectively improving the wellbeing of the kidneys.
Improve digestion and help you lose weight
Cucumbers are rich in water and low on calories, which means they’re great for weight reduction. Additionally, they are rich in fiber which can relieve numerous digestive problems.
Improves the health of your gums and teeth
The vegetable contains phytochemicals which can fight bad breath and eliminate bacteria in your oral cavity.
Improves the health of your hair and nails
Cucumbers are rich in silicon which is beneficial for the hair and nails. They also contain sulfur, another compound that can boost your hair growth and improve the health of your nails.
Consuming cucumbers regularly can regulate the acidity of your skin and treat sunburns.
Great for a hangover
Cucumbers are rich in electrolytes, water, vitamin B and sugar, all the ingredients you need to treat a bad hangover.
Reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers can remove the swelling from under your eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles as well.
A great taste
Cucumbers are very delicious and are the 4th most consumed vegetable in the world. Add the host of health benefits they offer, and it’s clear why they should become a part of your everyday diet.
Here’s a nice cucumber-based recipe which will help you lose weight and improve your overall health:
- 2 cups of chopped cucumber
- ½ cup of chopped tomatoes
- ¼ cup of chopped red onion
- ¼ cup of Greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley (fresh)
- 1 chili
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
Mix the 7 first ingredients in one bowl and the remaining 4 in the other, then blend the mixture and serve it on grain toast. Enjoy!
Article and image source: timefornaturalcare.com