Benefits of a cucumber

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF A CUCUMBER

As much as many do not like cucumber and consider it tasteless, cucumber still stands the chance of being termed as one of the amazing vegetables which offers some amazing benefits to our body system.

HYDRATION

Cucumbers contain a high percentage of water (95 percent) which is able to keep you hydrated, particularly during summer. Cucumbers contain vitamin B, C and K B and also minerals such as copper, potassium and manganese.

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES

It contains polyphenols (lignans) and other compounds such as cucurbitacins (phytonutrients) which helps to reduce the risk of certain degenerative diseases such as prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer and uterine cancer. It also contains potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES

Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory; it contains an anti-inflammatory flavonol known as Fisetin which helps to reduce the degree of inflammation in the body and aid brain development; it also help to retain the cognitive function of those with Alzheimer disease.

ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES

It contains antioxidant properties such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene and flavonoids such as luteolin, apigenin, quercetin and Kaempferol which also help to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and heart infections.

HEALTHY WEIGHT

Cucumbers have low calorie content and help to slow down digestion. It contains soluble fibre which dissolves into a gel like structure when eaten and it aids weight control.

REDUCES STRESS

The numerous vitamins such as vitamin B1, B5 and B7 in a cucumber aids stress management.
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PROTECT SKIN AGEING

It prevents the skin from ageing effects such as wrinkles and treats blemishes and open pores, helps to revitalize and rejuvenate skin shine

HEALTHY BONES

Cucumber contains vitamin K which helps to improve bone health and calcium absorption in the bone.

HEALTHY HAIR

It helps to maintain healthy hair look, giving the hair a shine and it helps to reduce hair fall.

CONSTIPATION

It helps to prevent constipation since it contains insoluble fibre which aids digestion and help food to pass through the digestive tracts with ease.

BAD BREATH

It helps to reduce bad breath by boosting the production of saliva in the mouth which helps wash away mouth bacteria causing mouth odour.

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