Apart from being very refreshing for the hot summer days, cucumbers offer a number of health benefits as well.
Cucumbers are abundant in nutrients, rich in electrolytes and water and low in calories. They originate from the northern Himalayan plains of India and are one of the oldest crops.
The cucumber plant belongs to the Cucurbita family, together with courgettes, pumpkins and melons.
It is very easy to grow cucumbers. They are found in different colors, sizes and shapes, but usually, their color is dark green, and its flesh is rich and crunchy with small edible seeds.
Fresh cucumbers are present throughout the whole year, and here are some reasons which will convince you to eat them more often.
Cucumbers are abundant in minerals like silicon, magnesium and potassium, and they are critical for proper body function.
Water helps in toxins elimination and also dissolves kidney stones. Cucumbers are abundant in water.
Control Blood Pressure, Lower Cholesterol and Fight Diabetes
The blood pressure is regulated by potassium, magnesium and fiber, all of which are found in abundance in cucumbers. The pancreatic cells need a certain hormone to produce insulin, and this hormone is found in cucumber juice.
Cucumbers are rich in vitamins A, B and C, which all energize the body and strengthen the immune system
Moisturize the Body
Because of the fact that there is 90% water in a fresh cucumber, they are great for moisturizing the skin and hydrating the body.
Cucumbers are abundant in pinoresinol, lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol, which are lignans and they prevent a number of cancers including uterus, prostate, ovary, and breast cancer.
Promotes Joint Health
Because of the silicon content cucumbers strengthen the connective tissues and the joints. When combined with carrots, cucumber treats arthritis pain and gout by reducing uric acid.
Supports Kidneys Health
By reducing uric acid, cucumbers keep the kidneys in a healthy state.
Weight Loss and Digestion
Cucumbers are low in calories, but high in water, therefore they are perfect for loss of weight. Furthermore, their content of fiber is high, so they prevent constipation and promote digestion.
Fresh Breath and Healthy Gums
The juices which get released upon chewing the cucumber heal inflammation and refresh the gums. Also, cucumbers are rich in phytochemicals which eliminate bacteria and bad breath.
Perfect Nails and Hair
There is sulfur and silicon in cucumbers and they make the hair strong and healthy and speed up their growth.
Fight Solar Damage
Cucumbers balance the pH levels of the skin, so applying them on your skin will heal sunburn.
Helps with Hangover
Cucumbers contain electrolytes, sugar and vitamin B, which makes them ideal for treating hangovers and headaches. So, if you have consumed alcohol, eat some cucumber prior to going to bed.
Prevents Dark Circles
Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties which remove swelling under the eyes and dark circles.
Apart from being very delicious, cucumbers are also packed with health benefits. Because of this, they are the 4th most harvested vegetable worldwide. They can be added to appetizers, juices and salads.
Try the following low-calories recipe:
- Seeded and peeled chopped cucumbers- 2 cups
- Chopper red onion- ¼ cup
- Chopped fresh parsley- 2 tablespoons
- Cut seeded tomato- ½ cup
- Chopped fresh cilantro- 4 ½ cups
- Chili- 1 chopped and without seeds
- Chopped garlic- 1 clove
- Greek yogurt- ¼ cup
- Lime juice- 1 ½ teaspoon
- Ground cumin- ¼ teaspoon
- Lemon juice- 1 ½ teaspoon
- Sea salt- ¼ teaspoon
Mix the first 7 ingredients in one bowl, and the next 5 in another. Next, add the mixture from the first bowl in the second, mix everything well and enjoy!