Cucumber. Is a low-calorie veggies which contain many nutritional benefits, it is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family and there are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless. Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (watermelon).
According to World’s Healthiest Foods Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.
Cucumbers are naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol, according to experts we can get about 4 percent of your daily potassium, 3 percent of your daily fiber and 4 percent of your daily vitamin C. They also “provide small amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin A.
Other Health benefits of cucumbers include;
Cucumber fights Cancer: Cucumbers contain lignans and cucurbitacins these two phytonutrient compounds are associated with anti-cancer benefits. When we consume plant lignans like those found in cucumber, bacteria in our digestive tract take hold of these lignans and convert them into enterolignans like enterodiol and enterolactone. Enterolignans have the ability to bind onto estrogen receptors and can have both pro-estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects.
- Keeps you hydrated: Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day.
- Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. …
- Aids in weight loss.
- Hangover cure.
- Keeps kidneys in shape-. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
- Support heart health: Cucumbers has potassium which can help lower blood pressure. Best health studies showed that a higher intake “is associated with lower rates of stroke and might also reduce the risk of total cardiovascular disease.”
- Flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory substances, and tannins in cucumbershave both been shown to limit the release of free radicals in the body and to reduce pain.
- As explained in theJournal of Young Pharmacists, “traditionally, this plant is used for headaches; the seeds are cooling and diuretic, the fruit juice is used as a nutritive and as a demulcent in anti-acne lotions.”