The crispy cucumbers can be a really refreshing sensation in the hot summer days, but despite this, they are also offering numerous health benefits.
Cucumbers are very low in calories, high in nutrients, and rich in electrolytesandwater. Cucumbers are ones of the oldest crops and they originate in the northern Himalayan parts of India.
The cucumber plant is a plant which is a member of the Cucurbita family, along with pumpkins, melons, courgettes.
They are very easy to grow and are grown all over the world. Cucumbersmay have various sizes, colors, and shapes, but they generally have a dark green color, and a rich, crunchy flesh, that is rich in small seeds which can be eaten.
If you leave it to grow, it’s going to increase its size, and its skin will become yellow, harder, while the seeds will turn yellow, and then they should not be eaten.
You can find cucumbers during the entire year, and here are some of the reasons why you have to consume them more often:
Eliminate the toxins
Cucumbers are full of water which is able to eliminate the waste from the body, and it even dissolves the kidney stones.
Cucumbers are abundant in minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and silicon, which are required for numerous functions in the body.
Cucumbers contain the necessary amounts of vitamins during the day. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and B, which are able to boost the immunity and energize your body.
Fight diabetes, controls blood pressure, and lowers cholesterollevels
Fiber, potassium, andmagnesiumare found in high levels in the cucumbers, and they regulate the blood pressure. The juice of cucumbers is abundant in a hormone needed for pancreatic cells in order to produce insulin.
Moisturize the body
A fresh cucumber is 90 % water, so it hydrates the entire body and moisturizes the skin as well.
Fight against cancer
Cucumbers are high in three lignans, secoisolariciresinol, pinoresinolandlariciresinol, which have the ability to prevent various cancer types, such as ovary, breast, uterusandprostate.
Support the kidneyshealth
They reduce the uric acid in the body and they also keep the kidneys healthy.
Promote joint health
Silicon contained in the cucumbers strengthens the connective tissuesandthe joints, and if they are mixed with carrots, it treats arthritis pain and gout by reducing the uric acid.
Digestion and weight loss
Cucumbers,as we said before, are very high in water and low in calories, so they are perfect for weight loss. Moreover, these veggies are also rich in fiber, which means they help digestion and prevent constipation.
Perfect nailsand hair
Due to the silicon and sulfur content contained in cucumbers, the hair and nails are going to become healthy and strong and their growth will beaccelerated.
Healthy gums and fresh breath
The juices that are released when you chew a cucumber heal inflammationandrefresh the gums. Cucumbers are also rich in phytochemicals which can fight the bad breath and destroy bacteria.
The high vitamin B, electrolyteand sugar content treats the headaches and hangovers, so if you have drunk alcoholit will be good if you eat a few slices of cucumbers before you go to bed.
Cucumbers are very tasty, and thanks to the numerous nutrients and health benefits, they are on the 4th place of the most harvested vegetable in the world. You can add them to salads, appetizers, and juices, and enjoy their refreshing flavor.
Fight solar damage
The consumption of cucumbers is controlling the skin acidity, and their application to the skin is able to heal sunburn.
Ends with dark circles
Their potent anti-inflammatory properties are able to remove the dark circles or “bags” and swellings under your eyes.
Try this low-calorie cucumber recipe:
- 2 cups finely chopped peeled cucumber
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- Half a cup seeded tomato cut into small pieces
- 4 and a half teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 chili (jalapeño, tree, etc.) without seeds and chopped
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (you can also use cottage cheese/ricotta)
- 1and a half teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 and a half teaspoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
You need to mix the first 7 ingredients in some small bowl, and the other 5 in another bowl. Then, pour the cucumber mixture in the second one, stir well, and cover. Serve it with whole-grain toast.