It’s has been an ordinary scene nowadays to see people who are so consumed on how to enhance their physical appearance. It has been noticeable for beauty- conscious individuals putting a sliced cucumber over their puffed eyes or in a normal meal with cucumber salads. Very ordinary indeed, but present facts introduce how extraordinary cucumbers can be. There are really wonders from simple cucumber consumption.
Benefits of Cucumber
Simple Facts about Cucumber
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) belongs to a gourd family of plants and comes in three varieties; namely pickling, slicing and burpless. Approximately, almost 60 million tons of cucumber production is in the market worldwide.
Among the known vegetable- fruit, cucumber has a remarkable history. Accounts from the Bible shows that during Israelite’s exodus, they expressed longing for the said crop. Through the course of history, the ancient cultivation of cucumber tells us more even in our present times.
Cucumber is widely known for its multipurpose usage in terms of food and for beauty regimen. Today, more research has been done that shows that there are really amazing health benefits from cucumber aside from its famous eye reducing puffiness effect. Let’s take a look at the nutritional facts and how it is beneficial.
Nutritional Facts about Cucumber
In general, cucumber is made up largely of water- almost 95%, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, protein, fats, vitamins- Folates, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K, and minerals- Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc. Acid- base electrolytes like potassium and sodium are also present along with phyto- nutrients, Carotene-ß, Crypto-xanthin-ß, Lutein-zeaxanthin. Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinolâ,?three valuable lignans. From these, we could generate different health potentiality from cucumber consumption.
- Reduces joint pains in gout and arthritis
- Anti- inflammatory effect
- Reduces cholesterol
- Aids in weight loss
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Promotes good digestion
- Prevents headaches
- Fights cancers including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers
- Rehydrates and remineralize body
- High silica content for silky hair
- Cures diabetes
- Controls blood pressure
- Anti- aging
- Prevents hemorrhage
- Beneficial for healthy gums and teeth
- Removal of kidney stones
Consumption and Preparation
In order to obtain all the health benefits from a cucumber alone, proper preparation and consumption must be observe. For instance, other recipe that features the cucumber usually uses both peeled and seedless variants. The thing is that most of the valuable nutritional contents in cucumber are found in its skin and seed extracts. Like the cucumbers’ skin and seed is rich in nutrients. Suggestions include the usage of the whole cucumber. It is noted that some micronutrients and macronutrients could be damage by heat process or through cooking, so raw serving must be considered. Naturally, cucumbers are free of radicals, but from cultivation to packing and transportation it might alter its natural reputation. Pesticides and waxing are used for marketing reasons. Proper washing and handling is necessary.
Things to Consider
Cucumber has promising health potential that is good for all ages. However, as much as it is said to be a super food, excessive intake hinders its healthy effect. It is also should be viewed as health enhancer and not as alternative for prescribed medication. So next time you see a cucumber, remember all these stuff.