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16 Superb Health Benefits of Cucumber

16 Superb Health Benefits of Cucumber

Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and pop them into your shopping basket. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself a fruit (yes, the cool cuke is fruit, not a vegetable) full of good health!

Here is a short list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries:

  • Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
  • Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
  • Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Lavishes you with vitamins. A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas.
  • Aids in weight loss. Enjoy cucumbers in your salads and soups. My favorite snack? Crunchy cucumber sticks with creamy low-fat yogurt dip.
  • Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Cuts cancer. Cut down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.
  • Stabilizes blood pressure. Patients of blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.
  • Refreshes the mouth. Cucumber juice refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good.
  • Helps digestion. Chewing cucumber gives the jaws a good workout, and the fiber in it is great for digestion.
  • Smooths hair and nails. Silica, the wonder mineral in cucumber makes your hair and nails stronger and shinier.
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
  • Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
  • Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  • Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.

Related:
3 Super Cool Cucumber Recipes

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:27AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I will eat more..

11:45AM PST on Nov 20, 2014

Thank you

3:00AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Great I love cucumbers thanks for sharing

10:43AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

Eat them a lot! Love'em!

3:17PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

It's one of the ingredients in my open (= topless) supersandwich on rye or any other whole-grain bread: from the bottom up it's butter, slice of tomato with some soybean sauce, slice of cucumber, slice of radish, piece of scrambled egg with some soybean sauce, and, finally, spoonful of avocado. Maybe not even Oskar Davidsen in Copenhagen can offer such a skyscraper of a mouthful. Taking a bite without making a mess of it is complicated because no one has a maw big enough to handle the problem. In Israel they have that same kind of problem with their falafel. It can end up all over the floor.

9:36PM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Thank you :)

7:54AM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Cucumbers are also good for coughs.

11:56PM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

ty

7:57AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

That's great to know. More reasons to eat cucumbers!

9:30AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Got it!

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