It used to be said that cucumber is too “cooling” for the bones. On the contrary, cucumber really helps counter inflammation in joints by removing the uric acid crystallization.
The cucumber is a type of melon and comes from the same family as watermelon, zucchini and other squash. It is cylindrical in shape with lengths of approximately 6 to 9 inches. Its skin is very similar to watermelon, ranges from green to white. Inside, the flesh is pale green and very juicy. The cucumber is a tropical plant but is also easily available in most parts of the world. However, in some cultures, cucumber is more often used to make pickles, of which most of its nutrients would have been lost.
Nutritional Benefits of Cucumbers
Cucumber has an impressive amount of water (about 96%) that is naturally distilled, which makes it superior to ordinary water. Its skin contains a high percentage of vitamin A, so should not be peeled off.
The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus.
You have seen beauty practitioners use slices of cucumber on their eyes. It is found that the caffeic acid in this vegetable helps to prevent water retention and when applied topically, helps reduce puffy and swollen eyes.
Health Benefits of Cucumbers
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.
Choose cucumbers that are dark green in color and firm to the touch. Avoid those that are yellowish or are wrinkled at either end. Thinner cucumbers have fewer seeds than those that are thicker. Store cucumbers in the fridge to retain its freshness.
Here are some great juicing recipes that include cucumbers. Please feel free to share your favorite juice recipes that contain cucumber in the comment section below.