Cucumber – Crunchy yet Juicy

Which vegetable that is filling and still able to crunch your thirst?  On top of that still able to you packs of goodness?

Cucumber is one of the most common vegetables for the east and the west.  It is can also be easily grown at the backyard of a home.  This plant has shallow roots and just needs plenty of water especially when it is growing fruits.

Since ancient times, cucumbers have been used as one of the ingredients in traditional medicine in India.  It is known due to their antioxidant, antidiabetic and lipid-lowering capability.

In every 100 grams (3.5 oz) of unpeel cucumber, it contains a whopping 95% of water and various vitamins include B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, A and K.  For minerals, it contains iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, Fluoride, potassium and zinc as well.

With the pack of nutrients available, cucumber is able to bring us the benefits as below:

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1 . Keeps Your Body Hydrated – Beside the nutrient listed above, cucumber also contains electrolytes and 95% of water.  You are able to get more juice out of the vegetable and help to retain water in your body.

2 . Skin Care – with its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help to relieve sunburn and skin irritations.  With the mix with lemon juice and honey, it is said to be able to reverse tanning.

3 . Cure Acidity – because of the content of some minerals, cucumber juice is naturally alkaline.  Thus it has a cooling effect on our body and able to sooth gastric ulcers.

4 . Relieves Bad Breath – by holding a slice of cucumber on the roof of our mouth, within ½ a minute, it can destroy most of the bacteria that cause the bad breath.

5 . Help removing body waste and dissolving kidney and bladder stones – with its diuretic characteristic, it encourages removal of waste through urination.  Thus help in dissolving of bladder and kidney stones.

6 . Prevent Hangovers – With the vitamins Bs, electrolytes and some other nutrients, you can drink a can of cucumber juice after a drinking party to prevent or at least minimize the next day’s hangover effect.

7 . Help Prevent Alzheimer’s disease – a research done in Salk Institute of Biological Studies, cucumber contains a flavonol named fisetin that can prevent progressive learning and memory impairments in the lab mice.

8 . Hair Care – It is said eating cucumber can also stimulate hair growth.

9 . Fight Cancers – there are 3 lignans in cucumber – pinoresinol, lariciresinol and secoisolariciresinol.  They have strong connection in reducing risk for several types of cancer – breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate.

10 . Puffy Eyes – it has been widely used to eliminate puffy eyes.  You just need to lie down and put a slice of cucumber on each eyes for 10 minutes.

11 . Reduces Cholesterol – cucumber does not contain any cholesterol.  It may not help much by breaking down the bad cholesterol.  At least it make your stomach has less space for the high cholesterol junk food.

12 . Helps Reduce Stress – the richness of vitamin B group will help to regulate our adrenal glands’ functions and counter the bad stress effect on our body.

13 . Aids in Weight loss And Digestion – with the capability of getting rid of body toxins, it may further help in reducing body weight.

Pickled cucumber juice may be tastier and may even has higher content of vitamin K, A and some of mineral.  But it comes high amount of added sugar and salt.  It is ok if you have it once awhile for the taste.  For health, the choice should be cucumber juice.

There are many variety of vegetable juices that mix with cucumber juice.  Please review further and make the most suitable choice for yourselves.