Cucumber - 9 Health Benefits of Consuming CucumberBy Francis Izuoba In Health & Wellness On 2020/09/17
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Cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Other members of the family may include squash and different kind of melons including bitter melon.
It is most times thought to be a vegetable but it is actually a fruit. It has so many health benefits and even some beauty benefits.
The writeup below takes a closer look at the many merits of consuming this fruit. There are 7 health benefits and 2 beauty benefits below.
It is a known fact that humans need to stay hydrated at all times for the proper functioning of the body.
But sometimes intake of water may prove difficult to some individuals but with the intake or consumption of cucumber, you can also stay hydrated.
Studies have shown that the source of hydration in most children is due to the intake of vegetables and fruits and not water.
Furthermore, Cucumber contains 96% of water, therefore one can take it to also get hydrated.
It is very easy to add cucumber to your diet.
It doesn`t need to be cooked but chopped and added to an already cooked meal. Some of the common and popular meals is been added to is the salad and yes it gives it`s own special flavor to meals.
It can also be taken after the meal.
The consumption of cucumber may also lower blood sugar.
Several studies have shown that cucumber lowers blood sugar and also reduces the complications of diabetes.
Several types of research has been made and more still in progress of the various ways in which Cucumber effects, lowers, and controls our blood sugar.
Cucumber contains several vitamins, compounds, and minerals which makes it to be extremely high in nutrients.
To maximize their nutrients cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled because peeling them reduces the amount of fiber in them.
Raw cucumber contains the following;
Vitamin C - 14% of the RDI
Vitamin K - 62% of the RDI
Magnesium - 10% of the RDI
Potassium - 13% of the RDI
Manganese - 12% of the RDI
And some other nutrients like protein and fiber but it contains No fat.
Yes, you read well, the consumption of cucumber coupled with some other dietary requirements and exercise Aids in weight loss.
Firstly, they are low in calories and have zero fat so consumption of cucumber cannot add to your weight at all.
Furthermore, Cucumbers can also be added to your diet to replace foods rich in high calories
To add to, the high water content of cucumber may also help in weight loss also.
Research has shown that people who eat fruit and vegetables with low-calorie count and high water content ( Cucumbers) were seen to have a decrease in weight.
It is known that water helps in aiding bowel movements.
Therefore, eating cucumber also helps in the regular bowel movement since it contains 96% of water.
Cucumbers also contain fiber which also help in bowel movement.
In all, staying hydrated through the eating of cucumber also provides regular bowel movement because of its high water content and fiber.
Cucumbers are also rich in Antioxidants.
The accumulation of free radicals in our body can lead to several types of chronic illnesses.
It can also be associated with cancer and some heart related diseases.
However, research has shown that the consumption of cucumber may help to prevent and reduce the accumulation of these free radicals.
Research has shown that cucumbers have the ability to reduce swellings and puffiness of the skin.
It is more helpful for a patient with sleepless nights and dark spots or curves around the eyes. Chilled cucumber slices can help to lessen puffiness and reawaken tired-looking skin.
According to research, the Antioxidants present in cucumbers may sometime serve as an anti-wrinkle ingredient.
Cucumbers contain folic acid and vitamin C. Vitamin C however can stimulate the production of new cell growth. While folic acid helps in fighting out toxins from our environment. Thereby giving your skin that ageless look.
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