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BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

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Cucumbers have a mild, refreshing taste and a high water content. They can help relieve dehydration and are pleasant to eat in hot weather. People eat cucumber as a savoury food, but it is a fruit. It also features in some beauty products.

The cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceous family. Other members of the family include squash and different kinds of melon, including bitter melon. Cucumbers provide various nutrients but are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

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People in India have grown cucumbers for food and medicinal purposes since ancient times, and they have long been part of the Mediterranean diet.

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BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

This article looks at the nutritional content of cucumber, its possible health benefits, tips for eating or using cucumber, and any potential health risks.

The nutritional profile of cucumbers may give them a number of health benefits.

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1) Hydration

She on PinterThe electrolytes in cucumbers can help prevent dehydration.

Cucumbers consist mostly of water, and they also contain important electrolytes. They can help prevent dehydration in hot weather or after a workout.

For people who do not enjoy drinking water, adding cucumber and mint can make it more attractive.

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Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining a healthy intestine, preventing constipation, avoiding kidney stones, and more.

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BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

Cucumber is one of the most hydrating foods. What other foods are good for hydration?

2) Bone health

Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, and it may support bone health.

A 142-gram (g) cup of chopped, unpeeled, raw cucumber provides 10.2 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend an intake of:

  • 90 mcg a day for females aged 19 years and over
  • 120 mcg for males of the same age

Cucumber also contains 19.9 milligrams (mg) of calcium. Adults need 1,000–1,200 mg of calcium a day, depending on sex and age.

Vitamin K helps improve calcium absorption. Together, these nutrients can contribute to good bone health.

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BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

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3) Cancer

As a member of the Cucurbitaceous family of plants, cucumbers contain high levels of bitter-tasting nutrients known as cucurbitacin.

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According to an article in the International Journal of Health Services, cucurbitacins may help prevent cancer by stopping cancer cells from reproducing.

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A 133-g cup of chopped cucumber with its skin also provides around 1 g of fibre. Fibre may help protect against colorectal cancer.

4) Cardiovascular health

The American Heart Association (AHA) note that fibre can help manage cholesterol and prevent related cardiovascular problems.

A 142-g cup of unpeeled cucumber also provides 193 mg of potassium and 17 mg of magnesium. The Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults consume 4,700 mg of potassium each day and 310–410 mg of magnesium, depending on sex and age.

Reducing sodium intake and increasing potassium intake may help prevent high blood pressure.

The cucurbitacins in cucumber may also help prevent atherosclerosis.

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BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

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5) Diabetes

Cucumbers may play a role in controlling and preventing diabetes. It contains substances that may help lower blood sugar or stop blood glucose from rising too high.

One theory is that the cucurbitacins in cucumber help regulate insulin release and the metabolism of hepatic glycogen, a key hormone in the processing of blood sugar.

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One study found that cucumber peel helped manage the symptoms of diabetes in mice. This may be due to its antioxidant content.

Cucumbers score low score on the glycemic index (GI). This means they provide essential nutrients without adding carbohydrates that can increase blood glucose.

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  1. Inflammation

Cucumbers may have anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is a function of the immune system.

Experts believe inflammation may help trigger the development of various health conditions, such as:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • autoimmune conditions
  • depression
  • cancer
  1. Skincare

Some research has suggested that cucumber’s nutrients may provide benefits for skin health.

Applying sliced cucumber directly to the skin can help cool and soothe the skin and reduce swelling and irritation. It can alleviate sunburn. Placed on the eyes, they can help decrease morning puffiness.

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Other cucumber beauty tips include:

Toner: Blend and sieve cucumber to collect the juice for a natural toner. Leave on the skin for 30 minutes, then rinse. Cucumber may have astringent properties, and it may help clear the pores.

Face pack: Mix equal amounts of cucumber juice and yoghurt to make a face pack that helps reduce dry skin and blackheads.

BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS
BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

Cucumber is safe for most people to use on the skin. People should start by applying a small amount. If they do not experience an adverse reaction, it is probably safe to use.

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Nutrition

According to the USDA, one of unpared, raw, chopped cucumber contains the following nutrients:

  • water: 137 g
  • calories: 17
  • protein: 0.8 g
  • fat: 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate: 3.1 g, including 2.0 g of sugar
  • fibre: 1.0 g
  • calcium: 19.9 g
  • iron: 0.3 mg
  • magnesium: 17 mg
  • phosphorus: 29.8 mg
  • potassium: 193 mg
  • sodium: 2.8 mg
  • vitamin C: 4.5 mg
  • folate: 19.9 mcg
  • beta carotene: 44 mcg
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lutein + zeaxanthin 22.7 mcg

  • vitamin K: 10.2 mcg

Cucumber also contains a range of B vitamins, vitamin A, and antioxidants, including a type known as lignans.

Antioxidants help remove substances from the body known as free radicals. Some free radicals come from natural bodily processes, and some come from outside pressures, such as pollution. If too many collections in the body, they can lead to cell damage and various types of disease.

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