WHAT YOU PROBABLY DONT KNOW ABOUT CUCUMBERS
Cucumbers, like all vegetables are chuck full of micro nutrients and fiber, that is basic knowledge. The watery crunchers have also been found to bear some other health benefits which most of you may not know. Well, what am I here for!?!
WHAT YOU KNOW:
Cucumbers like water melons are 95% water and are full of micronutrients with little room for calories, carbohydrates and fat. They are also marvelous detoxifiers and are great to get the urinary system moving. The potassium, magnesium and fiber content of the veggies are great in combating high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. They keep the digestive system going and help in alleviating constipation. Cucumbers are also great for weight watchers and loosers..an absolute miracle.
WHAT YOU PROBABLY DONT KNOW
Cucumbers have been found to contain three lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secooisolariciresinol) that research has shown to keep the heart healthy and strong.
Cucumbers contain aa hormone needed by cells of the pancreas to produce insulin. This hormone has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Compounds in cucumber seeds aallso help to control blood sugar levels. A study in 2011 shows that alkaline diets have been linked to more energy balance and in reduction in major degenerative diseases.
Cucumbers are great for your nails. It does this through a large amount of silica it possesses which can help in getting rid of splitting and spoiling end of your nails. This is also relevant in hair growth and sheen; in lieu of its sulphur and siilicon content, hair specialists recommend a mixture with carrot and spinach and lettuce to work wonders!
It is also useful in dissolution of bladder and kidney stones. It also helps in reduction of. Uric acid levels and when mixed with carrot juice can do a lot for the person with joint pain and arthritis.
Recently, cucumbers have been found to contain aa phytonutrient known as CUCURBITACIN. Cucurbitacin A, B, C,D and E have been determined by researchers to block several different signaling pathways required for cancer cells to grow.
Guess what???..It can be used to prevent hangovers!.m. Nutrients like B vitamins, sugars and electrolytes greatly reduce the intensity of a hangover after a drinking bout.
How To Enjoy:
Use half-inch thick cucumber slices as petite serving dishes for chopped vegetable salads.
For refreshing cold gazpacho soup, simply puree cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and onions then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled!
Cucumber juice extracts also taste great with carrot juice.
Take a knife and indulge in this crunchy, watery guy.. don’t forget to take everything including the outter greenish flesh, that’s where most of the wonder is!..
Have a great evening!
The author Prince
Hi, I’m Prince.. a registered Dietitian, an avid reader and a passionate writer. I hope you enjoy my articles as much as I enjoy writing them