Most people are unaware of the immense health benefits of cucumber and would avoid eating cucumber where possible. Fresh cucumber may taste “bland” to some but its thirst-quenching and cooling properties are refreshing.
Cucumber juice increases your level of dietary fiber intake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports cucumber juice as a good source of dietary fiber. Taking adequate levels of dietary fiber helps you with digestion and weight control. Consuming a high-fiber diet can also help prevent constipation, colon diseases and hemorrhoids. Other important health benefits of dietary fiber include normal bowel movements, healthy blood cholesterol levels and controlled blood sugar levels.
Technically a cucumber is a fruit in the melon family, but if you are like me, you consider it a vegetable. Cucumbers are often just a simple addition to things like salads or a garnish to a dish, but cucumbers have a whole list of nutritional benefits. It’s important to note that when eating cucumbers, it’s always recommended to stick to the organic varieties. The commercially grown cucumbers are often not only sprayed with toxic chemicals during growth and after harvesting, but are coated with synthetic waxes when shipped.
12 Reasons to Consume More Cucumbers:
Cucumbers are 90% water, which helps your body stay hydrated. This high water content also makes them extremely low in calories as well.
Cucumbers are highly alkalizing, and can easily offset the acidic levels in other foods. Adding just a couple of slices of cucumber to a sandwich with cheese, for instance can help balance the pH levels. Cucumbers are also a great addition to any juice.
Silica is an important mineral in the body for bone development. It also binds to aluminum in the body, which is toxic, and helps flush it out.
Cucumbers contain polyphenol lignans and phytonutrients that have been shown in several studies to prevent the development of cancer cells.
Cucumbers contain a flavonol known as fisetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. There are also other compounds in cucumbers that inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes.
Fisetin has been shown to protect the brain against aggressive memory loss, and supports overall brain health.
The skin of the cucumber is very high in soluble fiber, which helps move foods through your digestive tract. This helps flush toxins, and keeps you regular.
Aside from vitamin C and beta-carotene, cucumbers also contain flavonoids like quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol. All of which are powerful antioxidants with additional health benefits.
Cucumbers are very high in B1 (thiamine), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B7 (biotin), which have been shown to support the nervous system and elevate overall mood.
Potassium is an essential nutrient for heart health, and cucumbers are packed full of it. Balancing potassium and sodium is actually one of the most critical aspects of good health, so the more sodium you eat the more potassium you need.
Not only do cucumbers make you feel full faster, their fiber content helps maintain a healthy weight. They are also extremely low in calories, so as a snack – they fill you up without the burden of a high calorie snack.
They Are Delicious:
Aside from all of these health benefits, cucumbers are simply delicious. They make a great addition to almost any meal, and they make an even better snack simply by themselves.