Cucumber is the fourth most cultivated vegetable in India and belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. It is basically originated in Northern India and need temperate zone for its growth. Cucumber is basically regarded as a healthy food as it is low in calorie, no fat content present and excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Sometimes cucumber is also used as bleaching agents. It has various benefits to provide and among them 10 benefits is listed as follows:
1. Skin care:
The presence of several vitamins like A, B and C, high water content and various minerals like potassium, magnesium or silicon makes it a substantial part of skin care. Putting a slice of cucumber on eyes helps in reducing puffiness and swelling under the eyes due to the presence of ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. Cucumber juice is sometimes mixed with facial packs for skin tightening. It is also used to prevent sunburns, windburns or skin irritations. The presence of silicon or sulphur helps in reducing hair loss and simulates hair growth. Various acids present in cucumber helps in lowering down the retention rate of water to some extent. It helps in maintaining our skin glow. It contains cleaners and has diuretic properties that help in skin care. It also helps in preventing breakage and rupture in nails of our hands or toes due to the presence of silica. Also strengthen the tissues present in our nails. It indirectly acts as a moisturizer for our skin and hairs.
2. Rehydrating body:
Cucumber contains 96% of water content in it. It is more nutritious and healthy than the normal drinking water. It helps in keeping our body hydrated during hot summers. It is in one word balances the content of water in our body. It is also used to eradicate and exterminate the toxins present in our body. High water content provides relaxation to body and mind too. Cucumber itself fulfils the requirement of various vitamins that our body require in a single day. It nourishes our body with Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C with some content of magnesium too. It provides cooling effect in the blazing sun. It keeps our body miles and miles away from the problem of dehydration.
3. Cures diabetes and controls blood pressure:
Cucumber juice is very rich in magnesium, potassium, silicon and sulphur. The presence of all these minerals greatly helps in regulating blood pressure and maintaining body temperature. This can be used in the treatment of both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. Cucumber juice consists of hormone which is needed for producing insulin by the cells of pancreas which in turn found to be beneficial for diabetic patients. Cucumber also contains a compound called sterols which helps in reducing cholesterol level in the body. It is known to be highly beneficial for the diabetic patients if consumed daily. The presence of manganese mineral makes it highly useful in providing immunity against diabetes and blood pressure problem.
4. Removes joint pain:
Joint pain, the term itself gives an idea of the pain that is unbearable. Cucumber as we know is very rich source of silicon. So the presence of high content of silicon helps in removing joint pain and strengthens our connective tissues present at the joints to a large extent. It is an excellent source of various Vitamins like vitamin A, B1, B6 or magnesium and potassium helps in reducing and lowering uric levels in the body especially when mixed with carrot juice. Regular consumption of cucumber juice also helps in dissolving kidney stones or bladder infections. It indirectly helps in the functioning of kidney by eliminating the waste through urination from the body. It also helps in digestion of proteins to some extent. So intake of cucumber helps in reducing and eliminating joint pain and provides relaxation. The presence of folic acid helps in making this as a medicine for gout and rheumatism.
5. Killing of tapeworms:
Cucumber as we know is highly effective in curing many diseases in addition to it, cucumber seeds are also highly effective in expelling and killing the tapeworms present in our intestines. It is anti inflammatory in nature and reduces the swelling in throats and mucous membranes present in nose. Cucumber seeds are generally mixed with water and then consumed to have all these effects. This reduction of intestinal infection helps in maintaining the functioning of kidney properly.
6. Stimulate hair growth:
Cucumber contains high content of silicon and sulphur. As we know silicon and sulphur provides high nourishments and nutrients required for hair growth. So indirectly cucumber juice proves to be highly efficient in hair growth and gives our hair a silky touch. If it is mixed along with carrot, spinach or lettuce juice then nothing can beat its effect. Silicon present provides high strength to the connective tissues in the body and simultaneously enriches our hairs. So if you take food containing high content of silica then naturally your hair will grow and bones will become healthier.
7. Beneficial for teeth and gums:
Cucumber juice proves to be highly beneficial in curing teeth and gum problems. Many people now a day’s suffers from gum diseases due to high intake of chocolates. So cucumber juice is generally used to balance the damage caused by chocolates. It is highly effective in preventing dental diseases and also increases the intake of saliva in the body. It also helps in neutralising acids and bases present in the oral cavity. It is mainly used against pyorrhea. It contains dietary fibre which provides massage to the teeth and gums. So regular intake of cucumber in the form of salad provides high immunity to your teeth against various dental diseases.
8. Hangover cure:
Cucumber is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. So intake of cucumber slices every day before going to bed and after wake up proves to be highly efficient. It is very easy and fastest way of curing hangover. It contains sugar which replenishes and removes the morning hangover. Presence of various types of vitamin B helps in preventing morning hangover. It is also good to rub the cucumber slice on the roof of our mouth so the phytochemicals present in cucumber helps in killing of bacteria and relieves our mouth from them. It prevents bad breath and provides freshness to our mouth.
9. Fight Cancer:
Cucumber is the best way to provide immunity to our body against various types of cancer. This is the easy and effective way to keep our body away from cancer. Cucumber is known to contain three types of lignans named as- lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol. There lies a strong history behind these three in reducing the risk of different types of cancers. Cucumber is basically used to prevent breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer. Cucumber seeds are also known to behave as anti-inflammatory and help in reducing swelling of mucus membrane and throats. Eating it regularly keeps our body in better healthier condition.
10. Aid digestion and weight loss:
Cucumber is an ideal diet for those who want to lose their weights due to high water content and low calorie. The high water content and fibres present in cucumber helps in removing and reducing the toxins from the digestive system. If we consume cucumber daily then it act as the best remedy for chronic constipation. Daily consumption of cucumber juice helps in curing various digestive disorders like acidity, gastritis, ulcers and heartburns. It acts as a drug against the problem of constipation. It is highly effective in expelling toxins from the body and smoothly carries various digestive processes. It also helps in lowering down the cholesterol levels due to the presence of widely known compound called sterols. It helps in eliminating waste products present in our body through urination. It is highly nutritious for those who people who want to lose their weight as it has no fat content in it.