A random health conversation with my very good friend Betty made me research the benefits of cucumber. Yes! Cucumber! I found out some fascinating facts that I feel like rushing to the store to buy all the cucumbers on the shelf. Funny it is one of my mum’s staples, being the health guru she is. I would eat it once in a while, but now, knowing what I know, mummy dearest, you have an ally!
Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers according to natural news:
1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice. Tough to let go of that caffeine? Try it and let us know the results.
2. Hydrates body and replenish daily vitamins – 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. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth. No wonder natural spas use it. Maybe I should take my own cucumber to my next appointment to reduce the rate! Just kidding 🙂
4. Fight cancers – Cucumbers 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……this is very good to know with the rate this monster called cancer is crawling around the world.
5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking – personally, I can’t be bothered by foggy shower doors or bathroom mirrors; but replacing WD40 is a good one.
6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath – next time you meet someone with bad breath, just offer a cucumber slice! 🙂
7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache…….. tip for the alcohol-friendly folks but not an excuse to get drunk!
8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to it’s low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation – I will take this anyday! According to my friend, it also gives a full-feeling. Well, people like me need something to make us feel hungry to keep the metabolism going.
9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure – not a bad idea for everyone.
10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain – Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promote joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels – most old people have a form of arthritis. Planning to visit an oldie? Add cucumbers to your shopping list for them and explain what it does.