The humble and crunchy cucumber can be an extremely refreshing miracle in the hot days of summer, but despite this, they provide a lot of health benefits.
Cucumbers are loaded with nutrients, low in calories, and it is also packed in water and electrolytes. They are one of the oldest cops that are originated from the Northern Himalayan plains of India.
The cucumber plant is a vine, which is a member of the Cucurbita family, just like melons, pumpkins, courgettes, and the like.
They can be easily grown and can be seen in almost all over the world. They can be of different colors, shapes, and sizes, but in general, they have a dark green color, under which there is a rich, crunchy flesh, packed in small seeds that are edible.
If you leave it in order to grow, it will increase its size, and the skin will become harder and yellow, while the seeds will turn to yellow as well, and this is where they should not be eaten.
You can actually see fresh cucumbers all throughout the year, and here are some of the reasons why you should eat them more than the usual:
Cucumbers contain a huge amount of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, as well as silicon, which are required for numerous functions in the body.
They are packed with water which has the ability to remove the waste from the body, and even melts kidney stones.
Fight diabetes, lower cholesterol and control blood pressure
Cucumbers are loaded with fiber, magnesium, as well as potassium which can actually help in regulating the blood pressure. The juice of cucumbers contains a rich amount of a hormone that is required for pancreatic cells in order to create insulin.
Cucumbers have the required amounts of vitamins during the day. They contain Vitamin A, B, and C which has the ability to boost the immunity, as well as energizing the body.
Moisturize the body
A fresh cucumber contains 90% water, so it can actually hydrate the body and moisturize the skin.
Fight against cancer
Cucumbers contain a huge amount of lignans, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and even pinoresinol, which has the ability to prevent several types of cancer, which includes breast, ovary, prostate and uterus.
Promote joint health
Silicon that can be found in cucumbers can actually make the joints stronger, as well as the connective tissues, and if it is combined with carrots, it cures gout and arthritis pain by lessening its uric acid.
Support the health of kidneys
They have the ability to decrease uric acid in the body which keeps the kidneys healthy.
Digestion and weight loss
Cucumbers are loaded with water and also low in calories which make them effective for weight loss. In addition, they are packed with fiber that helps with digestions and avoids constipation.
Healthy gums and fresh breath
The juice that was released when you are chewing the cucumber refreshes the gums and heals any inflammation. They also contain phytochemicals that has the ability to battle against bad breath and destroy the bacteria that cause it.
Perfect hair and nails
Cucumbers have silicon and sulfur that can actually make both of the hair and the nails healthy and strong, as well as accelerating their growth.
Fight solar damage
Consuming cucumbers can also control the acidity of the skin, and they can also heal the sunburn on the skin.
The high amount of Vitamin B, sugar, and electrolyte that can be found in cucumber has the ability to treat both of headaches and hangovers, so you have to make sure to consume several slices of cucumbers before you go to sleep if you are drunk.
Ends dark circles
Cucumber has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can actually get rid of the dark circles and swellings under your eyes.
They are indeed delicious, and due to its numerous nutrients and health benefits, they are known as the fourth most harvested vegetable in the whole world. Just add them to salads, juices, and appetizers and you will eventually enjoy its refreshing taste.
- 2 cups of finely sliced peeled and seeded cucumber
- ¼ cup of sliced red onion
- 2 tablespoons of sliced fresh parsley
- ½ cup of seeded tomato sliced into tiny pieces
- 4 ½ teaspoon of sliced fresh cilantro
- 1 chili without seeds and then slice it
- 1 clove of sliced garlic
- ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon of seas salt
Just simply combine the first seven ingredients in a small bowl, and then another bowl for the other 5 ingredients. Then, pour the cucumber mixture in the second bowl, mix thoroughly and cover. Serve it whole-grain toast.