There is nothing more refreshing than munching on fresh cucumbers on a hot, summer day. This is not surprising though, given that cucumber is made of up to 96% water.
However, cucumbers are also known for their nutritional profile and wide range of health benefits as well. They are relatively low in calories, packed with electrolytes, and high in many nutrients.
They are very easy to grow and are widely cultivated all around the world. They come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, but most of them are green with a rich flesh and tiny, edible seeds.
If you don’t harvest them on time, they will increase in size and the skin will turn yellow and harder. The seeds will turn yellow as well, and shouldn’t be consumed. The good news is that fresh cucumbers are available all year round!
Here are some of the reasons why you should consume cucumbers on a daily basis:
1. Mineral Content
Cucumbers are packed with minerals, such as magnesium, silicon, and potassium, all of which are needed for optimal health and proper function of the entire body.
2. Vitamin Content
Cucumbers contain the needed amounts of vitamins during the day. They are rich in vitamin C, A, and B, which boost immunity and energize the body.
3. Elimination of Toxins
This is thanks to their high water content, which helps safely flush out any toxins and can even aid I removing kidney stones!
4. Combats Diabetes
Fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all of which are found in high levels in cucumbers, regulate blood pressure. The juice of cucumbers is rich in a hormone that is needed for pancreatic cells to produce insulin.
5. Moisturize the body
A fresh cucumber is 90 percent water, so it hydrates the body and moisturizes the skin.
6. Fight against cancer
Cucumbers are high in three lignans, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol, which prevent various cancer types, such as breast, ovary, prostate and uterus.
7. Promote joint health
Silicon in cucumbers strengthens the joints and the connective tissues, and if mixed with carrots, it treats gout and arthritis pain by reducing uric acid.
8. Healthier Kidneys
As mentioned, cucumbers reduce uric acid in the body and keep the kidneys healthy.
9. Weight Loss and Digestion
Due to its high water content and being low in calories, eating cucumber is ideal to include in the diet of those looking to lose weight. It is recommended to add it as a supplement, in salads, or serve it with low fat yogurt. In addition, its high fiber content makes it very conducive to the digestion process. If consumed daily, it helps prevent chronic constipation.
10. Healthy Gums and Breath Freshness
The juices that spill the cucumber when being chewed, heals and refreshes the diseased gums; But also the phytochemicals it contains, assure us that we have a good breath. Simply put a slice of cucumber between your teeth for a half hour so that the bacteria that cause bad breath “die.”
11. Nails and Hair
Yup, they are good for those things too.
This is thanks to their sulfur and silicon content which helps both your hair and nails grow faster as well as strengthening them.
12. Nature’s Sunscreen
Eating cucumber manages to control the level of acidity in the skin. Applying cucumber to the skin can heal sunburn.
13. Hangover Cure
Cucumbers contain lots of vitamin B, sugar and electrolytes needed to prevent hangovers or headache on awakening. Before going to sleep it is recommended to eat some slices or cuts of cucumber, especially its has been drunk alcohol.
14. Ends with dark circles
Their potent anti-inflammatory properties remove dark circles or “bags” and swellings under the eyes.
Low-calorie Cucumber Recipe
– 1 clove garlic, chopped
– 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
– 2 cups cucumber, finely chopped peeled and seeded
– 1/2 cup tomato, cut into small pieces
– 1 chili (jalapeño, tree, etc.) chopped and without seeds
– 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
– 2 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (you can also use cottage cheese/ricotta)
– 1-1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice
– 1-1 / 2 teaspoon lime juice
– 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
– Mix the garlic, red onion, cucumber, tomato, chili, parsley, and cilantro in a small bowl
– Mix the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lime juice, sea salt, and ground cumin in a separate bowl
– Pour the cucumber mixture in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well
– Serve with a whole-grain toast