Did you know that Cucumber is a vegetable? Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as pumpkin and watermelon. Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of 95% water, which means they are a great choice during summer season since they will keep you hydrated.
Cucumbers help to avoid nutrient deficiencies since they contain vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C and manganese. Cucumbers are also said to be beneficial since they are potential antidiabetic, antioxidant activity, cleansing action of toxins and waste, soothing effect against skin irritation and prevention of constipation. More reasons why you should add cucumbers to your meals:
They keep you hydrated
Cucumbers amazingly compensate your body water levels if you too busy to take water or if water is a rare commodity where you may be.
Fights bad breath
The primary cause of bad breath is the excess heat in your stomach. Therefore, cucumbers help release the excess heat in the stomach and a slice of cucumber when placed on the roof of your mouth may help to get rid of odour-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Reduce cancer risk
Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans that help lower risk of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. Cucumbers also contain plant nutrients called cucurbitacins that have anti-cancer properties.
“Scientists have already determined that several different signalling pathways required for cancer cell development and survival can be blocked by the activity of cucurbitacins.”
Aid for weight loss and healthy weight.
Cucumbers are low in calories and the soluble fibre in them dissolves gel-like texture in your gut, which helps to slow down the digestion. Therefore, you feel full longer and that is why fibre-rich foods help in weight control.
Good for heart health
Patients who struggle with both high and low blood pressure levels feel at ease with cucumbers. Since the potassium in cucumbers is crucial for your body to function properly i.e. the balance of potassium both inside and outside of the cells.
Cucumbers have a range of benefits. They can also be consumed in different versions whether in raw salads or as vegetable juices. The good thing about foods you can be innovative when it comes to preparing the cucumber.