Few foods are as cool as a cucumber.
Cucumbers contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients. They are are 95 percent water and naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol.
Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients, which are plant chemicals with protective, disease preventive properties such flavonoids, lignans, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.
Cucumbers contain two phytonutrient compounds associated with anti-cancer benefits: lignans and cucurbitacins.
According to the research, lignans may protect against cancer by working with the bacteria in your digestive tract, and cucurbitacins can inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
A high vegetable intake has been associated with a healthy complexion in general, and triterpenes and lignans in cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties; cucumber slices have enjoyed a great reputation of decreasing eye puffiness placed over your eyes.
They are also good for treating sunburn when placed over the affected areas.
Foods that are high in antioxidants help your body function optimally.
Cucumbers contain several antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and flavonoids.
Several studies have linked cucumbers to reducing hypertension, and have linked eating cucumbers with lower blood pressure because they promote widening of your blood vessels. The vitamin K in cucumbers has also been shown to be essential in blood-clotting.
Variety Is The Key
As healthy as they are, you don’t want to overdo it on cucumbers.
Many cucumbers are waxed to help protect them during shipping, and pesticide consumption is a concern. When possible, buy organic cucumbers to avoid the wax and other farm chemicals.
Stay cool as a cucumber.
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