Chances are slim that this veggie would catch your eye in the grocery stores…
Perhaps because of its not-so-attractive shape, or little is known about it–they don’t get the publicity they deserve!
Maybe you cannot even tell whether it’s a veggie or a fruit!
But you know what…
The cucumber boasts an impressive nutritional profile. In fact, it can even replace your daily multivitamin.
Cucumber or Cucumis sativus is in the same family as melon and squash…
Commercially, cucumbers are divided into two groups—slicing and pickling. Slicing cucumbers generally have thick skin and are larger than the thin skinned pickling cucumbers.
And for a long time, this fantastic veggie had escaped the eyes of researchers, to the extent of being upstaged by the cruciferous crew (broccoli, cabbage, etc) until it was found to contain 3 beneficial lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol)…
Which have been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as several different types of cancer, including ovarian, prostrate, breast, and uterine.
And you’d be pleased to know that cucumber is a super-food containing almost all your daily vitamins requirements, including B vitamins, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K1, minerals like copper, potassium, and manganese. You only need to eat one cucumber daily in place of a multivitamin.
And you can count on them for an energy kick. Rather than crave that third cup of coffee, chomp on a cucumber instead. The carbs and B vitamins in cucumber deliver an energy boost that can keep you going for hours.
Sometimes you can over-imbibe, but your morning doesn’t have to be a nightmare when you have cucumber around!
Eat a cucumber right before bed and your hangover agony will ease off.
Cucumber contains a mix of B vitamins, sugar and electrolytes that keep you hydrated and feeling great after a hard drink.
And when you find yourself craving sugar, snack on cucumber slices rather than reaching out for sugary snacks. Sprinkle the slices with sea salt and a little pepper for optimal enjoyment.
Even better, cucumbers will come to your rescue if and when stressed. Just boil a few slices of cucumber and breathe in the steam.
The aroma of cucumber can promote feelings of calm and relieve anxiety. For best relief, add a few drops of anxiety-busting lavender essential oil into the mixture.
Not only that…
If you suffer from bad breath (halitosis), you may want to consider eating cucumber instead of looking for sugary minty gums.
The phytochemicals in cucumbers kill bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. Eat a slice after each cup of coffee or meal for breath that stays fresh all day long.
And there is more…
You may experience constipation as a result of stress, medication, or even eating a highly processed diet.
Cucumbers are high in fiber, which can give you regular bowel movement and keep your digestive system working at optimal speed.
Talk of detox…and cucumber is there for you!
Besides containing a lot of water that can keep your body hydrated, cucumbers also load detoxifying properties.
A 2013 study published in the journal Fitoterapia found that cucumber has a “cleansing effect” within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins.
Eat cucumber daily to keep toxins at bay.
And that’s not all…
The blend of nutrients in cucumber make it ideal for boosting the immune system and treating common viral infections like colds and flu.
The anti-inflammatory properties in cucumber fight off the inflammation of the nose and throat when you have a cold.
Furthermore, high levels of potassium in cucumber help regulate blood pressure by boosting electrolyte levels and mitigating the lethal effects of sodium overconsumption.
Ever heard of free radicals?
Cucumber will help you fend them off. Just like melon, cucumbers are rich in antioxidants, which prevent the spread of free radical damage that can lead to premature aging and cancer.
Do you have puffy eyes?
The nutrients in cucumber make it effective at relieving inflammation, both internally and externally. Place fresh cucumber directly onto the swollen areas to reduce puffiness almost instantly.
And when you’re feeling bloated, eat a cucumber. The high water content and potassium in cucumber make it a mild diuretic that can fight bloating.
Your bones will benefit from cucumber, too.
Cucumber is high in magnesium, calcium, and vitamin K1–all essential for bone health. Eat cucumber regularly if you’re skimping on meat or dairy diet.
Are you experiencing poor memory?
Cucumber is naturally high in copper, which is essential for brain function.
A 2014 study published in the journal Aging Cell found that the chemical known as festin, which is commonly found in cucumber, is effective at fighting the damage inflicted by the Alzheimer’s disease.
And if your skin is looking old and tired, don’t worry…
You’ll see cucumber at the spa…and at first, it would seem strange to you! But it’s there for a good reason…
Cucumber contains compounds that refresh and rejuvenate your skin from both the inside out and outside in.
Create a pulpy mixture of cucumber, add a few drops of lemon juice and apply directly to your face for a mask that’s both healthy and refreshing.
And when you want to turn heads with luscious, strong, and shiny hair, you can count on cucumber…
It contains silicone, sulphur, phosphorous, and calcium–all necessary for nourishing your hair.
Eating cucumber regularly can reduce hair loss and strengthen hair shafts.
The compounds in cucumber also help hair look shiny and healthy. Massage cucumber juice into your hair after bath and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing away with lukewarm water.
And there you’re…
If you’ve hitherto despised cucumber and never included it in your fresh produce shopping list, it has now dawned on you what you’ve been missing!
I have done my part–putting the medicinal and nutritional facts bare–right in front of your eyes.
Embrace this superfood and see what happens!
Spread the good word religiously.
Many thanks for finding time to read the article.