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5 Wonderful Benefits Of Cucumber. by BhbHoLLAH (m): 3:22am on January 6
Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Masscommunication
Graduate, Nigeria.
What is a Cucumber?

Cucumber is a fruit from the
Cucurbitaceae family. Scientifically known asCucumis sativus, it belongs to the same family as zucchini, watermelon, pumpkin, and other types of summer
squash. The plant where cucumber grows is a creeping vine that develops these cylindrical, edible fruits throughout the year.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber, with peel, raw
Serving Size :100g
Nutrient Value
Water [g] 95.23
Energy [kcal] 15
Protein [g] 0.65
Total lipid (fat) [g] 0.11
Carbohydrate, by difference
[g]
3.63
Fiber, total dietary [g] 0.5
Sugars, total [g] 1.67
Calcium, Ca [mg] 16
Iron, Fe [mg] 0.28
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 13
Phosphorus, P [mg] 24
Potassium, K [mg] 147
Sodium, Na [mg] 2
Zinc, Zn [mg] 0.2
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
[mg]
2.8
Thiamin [mg] 0.03
Riboflavin [mg] 0.03
Niacin [mg] 0.1
Vitamin B-6 [mg] 0.04
Folate, DFE [µg] 7
Vitamin B-12 [µg] 0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg] 5
Vitamin A, IU [IU] 105
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
[mg]
0.03
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg] 0
Vitamin D [IU] 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
[µg]
16.4
Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 0.04
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]
0.01
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]
0.03
Fatty acids, total trans [g] 0
Cholesterol [mg] 0
Caffeine [mg] 0


HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

The health benefits of cucumber are not widely known in many cultures. The taste of fresh cucumber is somewhat bland in comparison to other squashes, but the thirst quenching and the cooling qualities of this squash are truly refreshing. Cucumber benefits range from preventing acidity to keeping skin well-toned.

Skin Care
Cucumber is rich in silica, which is an essential component that aids in developing strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones. Doctors often recommend cucumber juice because of the silica content for a healthier and brighter skin. Dr. Barry Popkin, an American food science researcher and a professor at the University of North Carolina, in his
study, highlights the importance of fluids and hydration and cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating. It is also well known that moisture is the best friend to healthy skin.

Prevent Constipation & Kidney Stones
Cucumbers are a perfect blend of both fiber and water. Therefore, they help to protect your body from constipation and kidney stones. Reports say that a majority of Americans prefer to have a cucumber rich salad regularly as it is a great way to increase the fiber intake. Cucumber is also a good source of vitamin C, silica, potassium, and magnesium; all of which have their own health benefits. These fruits have an extraordinary amount of water (about 96%) that is naturally purified, thus making the water content much higher in quality than ordinary water. Cucumber skin contains high levels of vitamin A, so you will gain more nutrition if you eat the entire thing.

Control Blood Pressure
The studies done at DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) consisted of people consuming foods high in magnesium, potassium, and fiber. The results were clear; their blood pressure lowered to normal levels. The group eating a diet rich in these complexes along with the other foods on the diet like seafood, low-fat dairy items, lean
meat, and poultry saw their blood pressure falling by 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic). Cucumber, therefore, regulates blood pressure and contributes to the proper structure of connective tissues in our body, including those in the muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.

Manage Diabetes
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology throws light on the anti-hyperglycemic effect of cucumber. Cucumbers have been used for diabetic patients for many years. They possess a hormone required by the beta cells during insulin production. The glycemic index (GI) of cucumbers is actually zero. The presence of carbohydrates and their result on the body is measured by the quantity of glycemic index (GI). Every food item contains essential nutrients in different percentages. The carbohydrates contribute to raising the glucose level, however, the ones present in the cucumber can be easily digested by diabetic patients. Thus, consumption of this cool fruit keeps the glucose level in check. Nowadays, most commercial stores have cucumber supplements as spiny sea cucumber extract powder, which is very effective in combating the effects of diabetes.

Maintain Overall Health
Cucumbers have excellent cleaning properties, and they actively remove accumulated waste and toxins from your body. These fruits are very good for optimizing urinary bladder, kidney, liver, and pancreatic functions. Cucumber juice along with carrot juice is extremely effective for rheumatic conditions caused by excessive uric acid in the body. Drinking cucumber juice on a regular basis also helps cure gout and eczema. If you are having lung or stomach problems, be sure to add it to your diet. It also promotes muscle flexibility, while the magnesium content of cucumbers ensures proper blood circulation and relaxed nerves. Since cucumbers are rich in minerals, they even prevent splitting of the finger and toenails. Cucumbers often act as antioxidants when you consume them with barbecued and fried foods. As per a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, month-long consumption of cucumber powder shows significant improvement in body’s antioxidant activities.


Other Benefits:
Cucumber has high alkaline levels, thus regulating the body’s blood pH and neutralizing acidity. People with gastric issues should consume cucumbers frequently.
Cucumbers help normalize body temperature during summer. Cucumber juice is a diuretic, so it is able to prevent kidney stones too. It can also counter the effects of uric acid, which prevents inflammation from conditions like
arthritis, asthma, and gout.

source: www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/cucumber.html
5 Wonderful Benefits Of Cucumber - Health & Fitness

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