Here are 8 reasons why cucumber is important for your health?
To begin with, many debates go on asking if cucumber is a fruit or a vegetable but it should be noted that, it plays both roles and is part of both families.
That is to say, botanically, cucumber is a fruit, then in the culinary world, cucumber is considered to be a vegetable. So cucumber plays both roles depending on how you are using it.
There are actually three main varieties of cucumber which are:
1. The pickling cucumber: which are much smaller in size, 3 to 7 inches long with spines on their skin.
2. The slicing cucumber: this is probably the most common. They are often eaten fresh In salad and are 12 inches longer and sometimes more, with a smooth skin.
3. The Burpless/seedless cucumber
Some of the Nutrients found in cucumber:
Total fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrate: 2 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 10% of the recommended daily value (DV)
Vitamin K: 57% of the DV
Magnesium: 9% of the DV
Potassium: 12% of the DV
Manganese: 9% of the DV
With all these little details about cucumber, let’s then move over to the 8 benefits of cucumber to the human system.
1. Cucumber is good for diabetic patients
Cucumber is considered to be one of the best home remedies for controlling and preventing diabetes. This is because cucumber contains nutrients that can help can stop blood glucose from rising. The hormones/nutrients found in cucumber produce insulin in the body which is highly needed by the pancreas.
2. Cucumber keeps the kidneys healthy
Cucumber helps effectively in getting rid of toxins found in your body. It keeps your renal system healthy by treating the problems of urinary track. Drink cucumber juice twice every day to keep kidneys healthy
3. Cucumber keeps you hydrated
Staying hydrated is very important for the human body and so, Cucumber being made up of water which contains important electrolytes keeps you hydrated. This is very important for people who do not like drinking water. Also, the fiber cucumber gives you helps you stay regular and avoid constipation.
4. Cucumber Detoxifies the body
About 80% of Cucumber is made up of water and this water helps in flushing out all toxins found in your system and then in return hydrates your body. Cucumber is a great detox because the water in it works like a broom which sweeps waste products from your body.
5. Cucumber Keeps the brain healthy
An anti-inflammatory present in cucumber known as Fisetin, is known to be important for brain health. Therefore, eating cucumber is very important for those who have brain issues, because it protects nerve cells from declining due to aging and it also will improve memory.
6. Cucumber relieves constipation
Cucumber is considered to be among one of the best laxatives because it is low in calories and so the fibers found In it adds to the stool and then relieves you from constipation.
7. Cucumber relieves skin problems/damage
Considered to be very nutritious, cucumber with all its nutrients gives you relief from sunburns, swelling, itchy skin and heat burn. All you have to do is clean the cucumber, slice it and apply on the various exposed areas which have the problems mentioned above. This is one of the reasons why, at times people put a slice or two under their eyes, with the hope of shrinking bags and ease puffiness.
8. Cucumber also fights inflammation.
Do you suffer from inflammation? Cucumber equally helps in reducing inflammation by restricting inflammatory compound cells called prostaglandin from producing. Beta carotene which present in cucumber acts as antioxidants. Flavonoids present in cucumber also helps in reducing inflammation.
Despite being very beneficial for the human system, cucumber if taken in excess daily has some consequences which are:
1. Too much cucumber can cause blood clotting, this is because, it is high in vitamin K and so much of it can affect blood clots.
2. Cucumber is also not a friendly snack for people with very fragile stomachs because it can cause them indigestion because of the cucurbatin found in it.
To conclude, cucumber is very important and nutritious but too much of it can be a problem. Make it part of your routine and enjoy of its benefits.