Those green cylindrical fruits often mistaken as vegetables, cucumbers, scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).Cucumbers contain lots of antioxidants like Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorus. The miracles of cucumber are too many. he following are just some of the many ways to improve your life with this simple, affordable, and natural remedy (The Cucumber)!
Health Benefits of Cucumbers
1. Detox with cucumber
Fresh cucumber juice is great for detox, treatment of urinary and respiratory tract infections, diabetes and abdominal pain. Cucumber, helps to get rid of toxins in the body. When consumed regularly. Eat 2-3 spoons of it first thing in the morning.
2. Reduce Your Blood Pressure
Cucumbers high in potassium, magnesium and fiber. They also contains folate, caffeic acid, sillica, vit A, K and vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that may also help to lower blood pressure. The copper in cucumbers helps produce healthy blood cells and improves blood circulation. So, before you go on a dangerous blood pressure medicine, try drinking a nice, tall glass of refreshing cucumber juice.
3. Dental care
Cucumber cares for dental health by combating bad breath. Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of the mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds and then try kissing someone! Raw cucumber increases salivation and brings a neutralization of acids and alkali in oral cavity. Cucumber juice can effectively treat gum diseases like pyorrhea and weak gums.
4. Fight cancers
Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
5. Bone health
Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables (one cup of cucumber provides 11 percent of your daily needs) and is important for improving calcium absorption which is essential for optimal bone health.
Beauty Benefits of Cucumbers
1. Skin Care
It’s fantastic for the skin, internally and externally. In traditional remedy cucumbers delicate skin around the eyes, helping to reduce dark circles and brighten the skin. Along with the silica, vitamins A, B & C and the minerals potassium and magnesium make cucumbers an ally for the skin. Cucumber juice can help alleviate the discomfort of sunburn, as well.
2. Hair Care
The sillica in cucumber, can promote the growth of healthy hair. You can eat it and you can use the juice directly on the hair and scalp as well. Moisten hair with it as a kind of mask, leave on for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual.
3. Treating puffy eyes
The ascorbic and caffeic acid in cucumbers reduces water retention which, in turn, diminishes swelling and puffiness around the eyes. That explains those common images of people relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes while getting facials!
If you’d like to make your diet healthier by adding more vegetables to your meals, cucumbers are a great choice. It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.