Cucumbers are a humble, but powerful vegetable that can provide your body with a host of essential nutrients and offers numerous health benefits as well.
They are low on calories which makes them a perfect snack if you’re on a diet and rich in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and water that are highly important for our overall health.
Cucumbers are one of the oldest vegetables known to man and originate from the Himalayan mountains in India.
The vegetable is a part of the Cucurbitae family which also includes zucchinis and pumpkins. They are grown all over the world and can be found in different shapes, sizes and colors. By default, cucumbers have a dark green shell and a crunchy light-green flesh inside.
They also have small seeds which, unlike what many people think, are edible. The longer you leave cucumbers in the ground, the bigger they’ll grow. The skin will also become harder and the seeds will grow bigger and yellow – once they do, it’s not recommended to eat them. Fresh cucumbers can be found all year long for a cheap price.
Here are 15 reasons why cucumbers should be a part of your daily diet:
A rich source of minerals
Cucumbers contain minerals such as manganese, magnesium, potassium and silica which the body requires for important functions.
A great detox veggie
Thanks to the high amount of water and the rich nutritional profile, cucumbers can detoxify your body and prevent a variety of ailments.
Regulate your cholesterol, control blood pressure and fight diabetes
The high amount of fiber, potassium and magnesium in the vegetable can put your cholesterol levels and blood pressure under control, effectively preventing a variety of cardiovascular problems.
An excellent source of vitamins
Cucumbers possess a great deal of vitamins including vitamins A, B and C which can strengthen your immune system and give you an energy boost.
Hydrate your body
Cucumbers consist of up to 90% of water which can keep your body and skin hydrated.
According to recent studies, cucumbers contains lignans such as pinoresinol, secoisolariciresinol and lariciresinol which can fight ovary, prostate, breast and uterine cancer.
Improve joint health
The silica in cucumbers will reinforce your joints and reduce inflammation, effectively treating a variety of inflammatory conditions.
Support your kidneys
Eating cucumbers regularly will control the uric acid levels in your blood and prevent their crystallization, which is the main cause of gout.
Improve digestion and promote weight loss
As they’re low on calories and rich in water, cucumbers can improve your digestion and help you lose a lot of weight.
Prevent bad breath and keep your oral health in check
When you chew the crunchy cucumber flesh, it releases certain juices that can refresh your breath and improve your oral health. Cucumbers also contains phytochemicals which can destroy the bacteria in your mouth that can cause bad breath and other oral problems.
Keeps your nails and hair perfect
Due to the high amount of sulfur and silicon, eating cucumbers regularly can keep your nails and hair strong and boost their growth as well.
Applying cucumbers on sunburns can accelerate the healing of the skin and keep the acidity in control.
To prevent waking up with a nasty hangover in the morning after a night of drinking, eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. The vegetable has a high amount of vitamin B, electrolytes and water which can prevent hangovers.
Reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
The anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers will treat the inflammation in your skin and remove the dark circles and bags under the eyes.
A great taste
Cucumbers are delicious and offer a multitude of health benefits, which is why they’re so popular all over the world. You can eat them raw in a salad, add them to your smoothies or eat them as a side-dish to your meals.
Here’s a nice low-calorie cucumber recipe that we’re sure you’ll love:
- 2 cups of chopped cucumber
- ¼ cup chopped onions
- ½ a cup of chopped tomatoes
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 4 ½ teaspoon cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 chili
- 1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon powdered cumin
- 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Mix the first seven ingredients in one bowl and the remaining in another, then combine them both and serve with a piece of whole grain toast. Enjoy this tasty snack!