Cucumbers are very low in calories but very high in nutrients, moreover, they are abundant in water and electrolytes. these are some of the main reasons why cucumbers are so beneficial to be consumed.
They originate from the northern Himalayan plains of India, but nowadays they can be found almost everywhere in the world and the reason for that is because they are easy and simple to grow them.
There are many reasons why you should consume fresh cucumbers on a daily basis, however, we give you the most important.
Potassium, magnesium and silicon are minerals contained abundantly in cucumbers. Its main function is to tone, smooth and improve overall the appearance of the skin.
Cucumbers are loaded with water which eliminates the waste from the body, and even dissolves kidney stones.
Fight diabetes, lower cholesterol, and control blood pressure
Fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all of which are found in high levels in cucumbers, regulate blood pressure. The juice of cucumbers is rich in a hormone that is needed for pancreatic cells to produce insulin.
Cucumbers contain the needed amounts of vitamins during the day. They are rich in vitamin C, A, and B, which boost immunity and energize the body.
Moisturize the body
A fresh cucumber is 90 percent water, so it hydrates the body and moisturizes the skin.
Fight against cancer
Cucumbers contain lignans, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol, anti-carcinogenic compounds which can fight breast, prostate, uterus and ovary cancer.
Promote joint health
Silicon in cucumbers strengthens the joints and the connective tissues, and if mixed with carrots, it treats gout and arthritis pain by reducing uric acid.
Support the health of the kidneys
They reduce uric acid in the body and keep the kidneys healthy.
Digestion and weight loss
Cucumbers are full of water and low on calories, making them ideal for weight loss. Additionally, they’re rich in fiber which will improve your digestion.
Healthy gums and fresh breath
The juices that spill the cucumber when being chewed, heals and refreshes the diseased gums; But also the phytochemicals it contains, assure us that we have a good breath. Simply put a slice of cucumber between your teeth for a half hour so that the bacteria that cause bad breath “die.”
Perfect hair and nails
Cucumbers contain silicon and sulfur which make the hair and nails healthy and strong and accelerate their growth.
Fight solar damage
The consumption of cucumbers controls the skin acidity, and their application to the skin heals sunburn.
The high vitamin B, sugar and electrolyte content treats headaches and hangovers, so make sure you eat a few slices of cucumbers before you go to sleep if you have drunk alcohol.
Ends with dark circles
Their potent anti-inflammatory properties remove dark circles or “bags” and swellings under the eyes.
Cucumbers are really delicious, and due to the numerous nutrients and health benefits, they are the fourth most harvested vegetable in the world. Add them to salads, juices, and appetizers, and enjoy their refreshing flavor.
We advise you to try this low-calorie cucumber recipe:
- 2 cups of finely chopped cucumber
- ¼ cup of chopped onion
- ½ a cup of tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 chili
- ¼ cup of Greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a bowl adding them one by one, then cover the mixture and leave it for a while. Serve the delicious mix on whole grain toast and enjoy.