Introduction ; Hi, cucumber here 🙂 :
Before talking about the health benefits of cucumber do you know that the delicious, juicy and nutritious cucumber is the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world? Cucumber is a member of botanical family cucurbitaceae. Cucumbers have a lot of benefits as they are naturally low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is mostly served and eaten in raw form. You can add it to your salads and dishes or just simply grab it, take it and eat it all 😀
Cucumber is one of the healthiest vegetables that one should take regularly as it has a lot of benefits. It is rich in vitamin B and keeps you hydrated also.
Nutritional Value of cucumber and its percentage in daily diet
Here is a nutritional breakdown of cucumber.
1 cup of cucumber 119 grams approx. contains (all figures are approx.)
- 115 grams of water.
- 16 calories (yes only)
- 0.8 grams of proteins
- 0.2 grams of fat
- 2.9 grams of carbohydrate, fiber, and sugar
And it will provide the following percentage of recommended daily allowance.
- 4% potassium
- 11% vitamin K
- 4% vitamin C
- 2% of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper each.
- 4% magnesium
Cucumber has not only dietary benefits but also has a lot of other profits to offer. Let see what magic this little thing can do in your daily life.
Here are some benefits of cucumber
Beauty Benefits of Cucumber
Benefits of Cucumber for Skin:
Cucumber is rich in vitamins and water. It keeps your skin hydrated and helps remove toxins from the body keeping your skin fresh and hydrated. Remember that more hydrated skin will make you look younger than your age. Cucumber adds a shine and radiant glow to your skin. It has enough vitamins that are necessary for your one day diet means daily one cucumber can manage your body need for vitamins.
The delicious juicy cucumber is beneficial for skin not only when eaten but it is also helpful when applied on skin
Have you seen those ghost faced aunties with a white mask and cucumber slices on their eye? Yes you got it right:P
Cucumber slices provide freshness to eyes and when its juice is applied to the skin it gives a soothing and refreshing feeling. It helps in sun tans and removes marks from your skin making your skin tone lighter than before.
It has anti-inflammation properties that keep you fresh and eliminates burning sensation.
Oh yeah we are naming it cool cucumber 😛
Cucumber is added in different face packs also to deal with different skin problems.
Benefits for Hair:
Cucumber has Sulphur and silicon which stimulates hair growth.
Cucumber can generally improve your hair health when taken as a regular diet and it can also be included in different hair packs to treat scalp issues and hair problems. It cleanses your hair and gives a cool sensation to your scalp. It is helpful in itching and inflammatory scalp.
Aids in Weight Loss:
As it removes toxins for your body cucumber is also famous for weight loss properties. It flushes out all the harmful toxins from your body and is used in almost all detoxing drinks and diets.
Hmm, let’s eat cucumber and be a smart you!!
Health Benefits of Cucumber
Cure from diseases:
Cucumber is effective to fight against some types of cancers like ovarian cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer as it has lignants that are found connected to fight against cancer.
Keeps your body hydrated:
Cucumber is 90% water. So this juicy cucumber keeps your body hydrated and makes your skin fresh.
Helps in digestion and removes bad breath:
Just take a cumber slice and put it in your upper inner jaw above your tongue. It will kill the germs that cause bad breath.
We are getting little evil here and suggest you keep a hidden cucumber with you in your pocket because “close up” might not help always and in sudden situations 😉
Cucumber also improves digestion as it has dietary fibers hence making you feel healthy and energetic. It also helps in treating constipation.
Cure diabetes and blood pressure:
Ahh, the most dangerous diseases and known as silent killers. But wait now we have a sword against them. This little green sword called cucumber is effective against both diseases. It helps not only to fight against these but also in preventing them. So include cucumber in your daily diet and stay healthy and fit.
Cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. And when mixed with carrot juice they form a magic potion to cure arthritis. Cucumber is also rich in silica which promotes joint health by connecting tissues.
Cucumber keeps the uric acid in level and kidneys in shape. Have a cucumber daily and have a healthy happy kidney.
Home care and daily life benefits:
Here are some little tips from which you can take benefits from cucumber in amazing ways.
- Take a cucumber slice and rub it on the mirror it will help in preventing fog. It is a million dollar safety tip especially when you are going out in bad weather and need to prevent your car mirrors from fogging out.
- If you have a squeaky hinge on door apply some cucumber on it. Enjoy the peace now.
- Apply cucumber on burning scars it will relieve your inflammation.
- Eat cucumber in morning and it will relieve your headache.
How to make cucumber a routine in your daily diet?
Adding a cucumber in your daily diet is no doubt a step towards healthy and fit life.
You can add cucumber to your daily diet to a number of ways.
- Add it to salads.
- Can add cucumber to sandwiches.
- You can add it to dressings
- You can also add cucumber in juices like with mint or ginger.
- Add cucumber in detoxifying drinks
- Yes, you can add it in water.
- Add it in different dishes (take recipes from internet :P)
- Hmm forget everything and just simply take it and eat it. 😛
No no… cucumber has no health risk we just wanted to tell that make sure to buy the organic ones so that you can eliminate the possible risks of pesticides sprayed on the plants while cultivated.
Some folks suggest that don’t drink water after just eating cucumber as it can cause cholera. But we don’t know the truth behind it.
A Cucumber Riddle
Some say it is a fruit and other says it is a vegetable.
What do you think?
We say “Eat it�?