Cucumber is something that many of us eat everyday, you cannot have a salad without adding a little but did you know that there are various health benefits associated with the consumption of cucumber?
Lets look at why you should be eating more of this vegetable.
What is cucumber?
The cucumber is described as being similar to a melon and in fact comes from the same family as the watermelon, the zucchini and the squash.
Originally found in Southern Asia, you will now find it growing on most continents. It is actually the fourth most cultivated (grown) vegetable in the world.
Benefits of cucumber
The cucumber may taste a little bland but is has a variety of health benefits, for instance it is great for quenching thirst due to the fact it is made up of 90% water.
What other benefits can be experienced just by eating cucumber?
#1 – Helps to remove waste
A cucumber has diuretic properties that can cause the removal of stored waste from your body.
Stored waste can account for as much as 8-10 pounds of excess weight per foot of colon. This will surely mount up.
#2 – Helps remove toxins
When the waste materials are removed from your body, the toxins caused by this waste will also be removed.
This can help get your weight moving in the right direction.
#3 – Improved digestion
As the cucumber is high in water content but contains very few calories it is the perfect food for those looking to lose weight.
It can also help treat constipation by improving your digestion.
#4 – Replenish vitamins
Cucumbers are full of the vitamins A, B and C, which will help give your immune system a boost while ensuring your energy levels are also high.
#5 – Healthy looking skin
Is it a coincidence that many spas across the globe use cucumber in their treatments?
This is because cucumber is full of potassium, magnesium and silicon.
#6 – Helps fight cancer
Cucumber contains secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol, which are lignans that have been linked with the ability to fight certain types of cancer.
These include ovarian, breast, prostate and uterine cancer.
#7 – Help fight diabetes, reduce cholesterol and will help control blood pressure
The juice found within cucumber contains a hormone that is needed by the pancreas to produce insulin.
Cucumbers also contain a compound called sterols that has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
They also contain high levels of fibre, potassium and magnesium, which can all help to regulate blood pressure, both high and low.
#8 – Improved kidney health
Cucumbers have been shown to lower uric acid levels within the body, which will help to keep your kidneys healthy.