Pickle them, place them over eyelids, turn them into a bright salad dressing, or sandwich them between two slices of bread for an afternoon snack. Cucumbers are the earth’s versatile, fresh, and nutritious gift in the summertime. They fall into the same family as gourds and other vine-grown vegetables, like squash, zucchini, and melons. Even when looking at just cucumbers, many varieties are available. This article takes a closer look at some of the top health benefits of eating cucumber.
It’s High in Nutrients
Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals.
One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following:
Total fat: 0 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Fibre: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
Potassium: 13% of the RDI
Manganese: 12% of the RDI
Although, the typical serving size is about one-third of a cucumber, so eating a standard portion would provide about one-third of the nutrients above.
Additionally, cucumbers have a high water content. In fact, cucumbers are made up of about 96% water.
To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fibre, as well as certain vitamins and minerals.
Gets rid of bad Breath
Bad breath which is also refer to as halitosis, usually erupt as a result of bacteria in the mouth. Fruits and vegetables like Cucumbers clean the mouth naturally by washing away the bacteria that cause bad breath.
All you need to do, is to be sure you munch on cucumber daily especially in their raw state and unpeeled.
Promote Healthy hair
Cucumber contains Vitamin C which is also known as ascorbic acid which aid hair growth. In fact, all the vitamins and minerals in cucumber such as silica, potassium and magnesium are very essential for the hair.
Eating Cucumbers regularly can be beneficial to our hair. Making cucumbers as part of healthy diet help to grow strong and healthy hair. It hydrate the skin since it contains 95% of water thereby promoting hair growth. It also helps to reduce hair loss.
Aside regular consumption of cucumber, You can simply make cucumber juice to wash the hair or make cucumber hair mask with:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium cucumber
5 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
Blend all ingredients together into a creamy texture and apply it on a dry hair. Cover the hair and let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash with warm water. Do this like once a week and see amazing results with healthy and shinning hair growth.
Helps keep you regular
Eating cucumbers can be beneficial to your digestive tract and may help with detoxifying as well.
As cucumbers are high in water and also contain levels of soluble fibre (pectin), this makes them a near perfect food for helping with digestion and also helping to keep you regular.
Promotes Bone Health
According to University of Maryland Medical Centre, one cup of cucumber contains about 19% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. The human body uses vitamin K when building bones and the effects seem to be especially important for elderly women suffering from bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Cucumber also contains calcium which helps in maintaining bone health.
Improves Brain Health
Cucumbers contain a flavonoid known as fisetin, which protects the brain by improving memory and preventing degeneration of nerve cells due to aging. Research also suggests that fisetin helps in preventing progressive memory loss and learning impairments in mice suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.