Cucumbers are a great source of refreshment and are packed with a number of health benefits. They contain nutrients, electrolytes and water. They are also very low in calories.
They originate from the Himalayan plains in India, and are considered to be one of the oldest crops in human history. They come in different sizes and shapes, or even colors. But the color that most of us recognize cucumbers for is dark green.
They have crunchy flesh under their peel, which contains little seeds. These seeds are edible and are packed with number of health benefits. If you leave the cucumber to grow for too long, the peel will become yellowish and harder and the seeds will also become yellow. At this point, the cucumber is no longer safe to consume.
You should include this vegetable in your daily diet, and there are plenty of reasons why:
Cucumbers contain lots of minerals like silicon, magnesium and potassium.
- Elimination of toxins
Because they contain lots of water, they are very helpful in flushing out toxins and in removing kidney stones.
- Fights diabetes
Cucumbers can lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. This is because they contain a number of natural blood regulators like potassium, magnesium and fiber.
Moreover, cucumber juice contains a hormone that the pancreatic cells need in order to produce insulin.
Cucumbers contain lots of vitamins A, B and C.
- Natural moisturizer
Because they are high in water, this veggie can do wonders for our skin.
- Combats cancer
Cucumbers can battle breast, prostate, uterus or ovary cancer. This veggie is able to do that because it contains 3 lignans: lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol, and pinoresinol.
- Healthier joints
Because they contain silicon, they are able to strengthen connective tissues and joints. When mixed with carrots, they can treat gout pain and arthritis, by minimizing uric acid.
- Healthier kidneys
Cucumbers can keep your kidneys healthy, by reducing uric acid.
- Digestion and weight loss
They contain an extremely low amount of calories, and high amount of water. This makes them extremely effective for weight loss. They are also packed with fiber content, that can aid the process of digestion.
- Breath freshness and healthy gums
They can provide health benefits even to your oral health. When you chew on a cucumber, it will release a juice that will protect your gums and it will fight inflammation. They can also fight oral bacteria, because they contain phytochemical content.
- Hair and nails
Cucumber are good for your hair and nails, because they are high in silicon and sulfur. These compounds help your nails and hair grow faster and stronger.
- Natural sunscreen
Cucumber juice can treat sunburns. Just apply it directly on the affected area.
- Cure for hangovers
If you spent a night where you consumed high amounts of alcohol, make sure that you eat a couple of slices of cucumber before going to sleep. It will help you wake up without the hangover headaches. This happens because they contain high amounts of vitamin B and electrolyte.
- They reduce dark circles
Cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory properties that are great for removing swellings under the eyes or any eye puffiness.
Cucumbers are very healthy vegetables that taste very good. Also, they are the 4th most harvested vegetable on the planet. It can be added to salads, smoothies or appetizers.
We are going to share with you a simple recipe that is low on calories but very healthy.
- Two cups of peeled, chopped cucumber
- Quarter of a cup of chopped red onion
- Two tablespoons of chopped parsley
- Half a cup of tomato, previously cut into small pieces
- Four and a half teaspoons of fresh, chopped cilantro
- One chopped and seeded chili
- One clove of chopped garlic
- Quarter of a cup of Greek yogurt
- Half a teaspoon of fresh lime juice
- Quarter of a teaspoon of cumin
- One and a half teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Quarter teaspoon of sea salt
How to prepare it:
Mix the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, and mix the other in another bowl. Then, mix the mixture from the first bowl with the mixture in the second and stir it well before covering it up.
It can now be served with whole grain toast. Enjoy your meal.