Health Benefits of Cucumber

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by Des Byrne o2living
posted on March 02nd 2012
Health Benefits of Cucumber

The cucumber is a member of the gourd family, and is used in the preparation of our green vitality juice cleanse recipe.  It originally comes from India but is now grown on most continents. Next to tomatoes, cabbage, and onions, cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. They are crisp refreshing and can be used to compliment almost any dish. In this post we will be looking at some of the benefits you may expect from including cucumber in your diet.

Firstly cucumbers are a very low calorie vegetable.  A 100 gram serving contains only 15 calories. It also contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.  Cucumbers are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cucumbers are a valuable source of antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.  Cucumbers are also a good source of caffeic acid.  This is known for discouraging carcinogenesis and also for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.    have a high silica content.  This mineral contributes to the strength of our own connective tissue.  Also, cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation, and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut.

Cucumbers are also often used topically as a remedy for skin problems.  They are very good for swelling under the eyes, sunburn and dermatitis.  The reason why this is successful is that cucumber contins ascorbic acid as well as caffeic acid.  Both of these compounds have properties that prevent water retention making them helpful for treating these kinds of skin ailments.

If you want a recipe idea involving cucumber why not try this cucumber and onion salad or this cool cucumber dressing?

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