Cucumber. Few foods are as cool, for a long time all we have known is that its healthy, without knowing the specifics of its benefits.
Here are some tips:
1. Protect Your Brain
Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Fights Inflammation
Cucumbers may help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes
3. Antioxidant Properties
Cucumbers contain numerous antioxidants, including the well-known vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain antioxidant flavonoids, such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol, which provide additional benefits. For instance, quercetin is an antioxidant that many believe prevents histamine release—making quercetin-rich foods natural antihistamines. Kaempferol, meanwhile, may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease.
4. Manage Stress
Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.
5. Support Your Digestive Health
Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Adding cucumbers to your juice or salad can help you meet the ideal of amount of fiber your body needs 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. If you struggle with acid reflux, you should know that drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH; it’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect. Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination
6. Support Heart Health
Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly. As an electrolyte, potassium is a positive charged ion that must maintain a certain concentration (about 30 times higher inside than outside your cells) in order to carry out its functions, which includes interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and heart function.
7. DETOXIFIES YOUR BODY
One of the most common benefits of cucumber is that it is a great detox. Cucumber contains 95 percent water that hydrates and replenishes the body by eliminating the toxins. The high water content in cucumber acts as a system cleanser and sweeps the waste products out of the system.
8. TREATS ALZHEIMER’S
Another benefit of cucumber is its ability to treat cognitive disabilities like Alzheimer’s disease. Cucumbers contain a flavonoid called fisetin that is neuroprotective and enhances cognitive abilities, thereby delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s
9. CONTROLS PESTS
Cucumber is also known to help get rid of pests.Cucumber slice. Place slices of cucumbers in containers around the garden to control slugs and pests in the area. The chemical in these vegetables releases a scent that wards of the pests and insects
10. BENEFICIAL FOR DIABETICS
Cucumbers are also an effective treatment for diabetes. Cucumber juice contains hormones that are needed by the pancreas for producing insulin
11. FIGHTS INTESTINAL WORMS
Cucumber is considered as a natural remedy to eliminate tapeworm from the intestinal tracts. Cucumber contains the enzyme erepsin that is known to kill tapeworms
12. KEEPS YOUR RENAL SYSTEM HEALTHY
Cucumbers help treat problems arising in your urinary system. Cucumber juice Drink cucumber juice twice, daily. Cucumber juice is a potent diuretic food that helps flush out toxins from your body. It also eases the pressure on your kidneys and keeps them healthy
13. RELIEVES CONSTIPATION
Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as an effective laxative. The amount of calories in cucumber is very low, but its fiber content adds to your bowel bulk and relieves problems like constipation
14. Reverses Skin Tanning
Cucumber is a mild astringent that helps get rid of skin tan. Juice of a grated cucumber
- After grating the cucumber, take a clean washcloth and use it to squeeze the juice out.
- Then, apply the juice on your face.
It has a mild bleaching property that can help even skin tone and give you a youthful and glowing skin
15. CONTROLS PUFFINESS OF THE EYES
If you are worried about eye puffiness, then cucumbers can provide you with instant relief. Put two slices of cucumber on your eyes and let it stay for as long as you want. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumber brings down the water retention rate which, in turn, diminishes the swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Cucumber can easily reduce the puffiness in your eyes. Simply cut slices of cucumber, refrigerate it for a while and place it on your closed eyelids every day. This will not only bring down the puffiness, but also help you relax. It actually hydrates your eyes and lessens puffiness
16. HELPS SOOTHE SUNBURN
Cucumber also heals sunburnt skin and brings instant relief. Sliced or pureed cucumber. Carefully apply pureed cucumber or slices carefully and generously on the affected area and allow it to sit for as long as you want. Cucumber is a natural and gentle way to treat sunburn since it helps draw the latent heat out of your body
17. TREATS OPEN PORES
You can also use cucumber to treat open pores and heat bumps on legs.
- Cucumber juice
- Apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Tomato pulp (optional)
- Aloe vera gel (optional)
1. Blend the cucumber to get the juice and use it as a toner.
2. You can also mix it with apple cider vinegar, tomato pulp, and aloe vera gel to make it more effective
Cucumber juice can absorb the heat, rendering coolness and closing open pores.
18. REDUCES DARK CIRCLES
Using cucumber slices around the eyes also reduces the appearance of dark circles quickly.
- Sliced cucumber
- Cotton balls soaked in cucumber juice
- Place two slices of cucumbers on the eyes and leave them for 20 minutes.
- Alternatively, you can also soak two cotton balls in cucumber juice and place them on your eyes.
The abundance of antioxidants and silica in cucumber can help in slowly fading dark circles.Though cucumber cannot permanently cure your dark circles, it sure can make the skin around your eyes appear lighter on a temporary basis. The skin around our eyes is often found discolored, and these dark circles spoil the prettiest of faces. Cucumber comforts vessels around your eyes; hence helps bring back its normal tinge
19. TREATS BLEMISHES
You can use grated cucumber to treat freckles and blemishes.
- Cucumber juice or pulp
- 1 teaspoon of oats
- Mix the oatmeal in the cucumber pulp and let it sit for half an hour.
- Apply it over the face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Then, wash your face with lukewarm water and follow it up by splashing cold water.
Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin.
20. REDUCES EYE WRINKLES
Cucumber is a natural moisturizer. The skin around our eyes is the thinnest in our body. Placing cold cucumber slices on your eyes can hydrate your eyes and the skin around. This, in turn, can help reduce lines and wrinkles around eyes. Hydrated skin means smoother skin. You can actually call cucumber an eye moisturizer.