Ten health benefits of cucumbers
- Helps prevent cancer
Cucumbers contain antioxidants; antioxidants remove damaging oxidizing agents (toxins) in the body that could cause cancer and other diseases. Cucurbitacins found in cucumbers help to prevent the growth and survival of cancer cells in the body.
Cucumbers also reduce inflammatory responses in the body. This could help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
- Hydration and Constipation Relief
They about 95% water and their skin contain collagen. This means they aid digestion and thus prevent or help solve constipation.
- Brain Protection
They contain Fisetin (an anti-inflammatory substance), which helps to reduce the impact of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on the brain by preserving the brains cognitive functions.
- Prevents mouth odour.
Cucumbers cause an increase in saliva production. An increase in saliva production would lead to the washing away of bacteria that can cause mouth odour.
- Weight Management
Cucumbers are extremely low in calories but high in nutrients. They also make you feel full so you are less likely to over eat.
- Hair and Skin Benefits
Once used to rinse hair, cucumber juice can cause your hair to appear silky and shiny, giving it that healthy look.
The skin of the cucumber can be applied to your skin to treat skin irritation. Applying cucumber slices over your eyes can help reduce swelling.
- Stress Reliever
They contain B vitamins that help to deal with anxiety, thus reducing stress.
- Hangover Cure
Eating a few slices after a night out can help prevent a hangovers and headaches. Cucumbers contain sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes that help replenish nutrients lost as a result of excessive alcohol intake.
- Help Diabetes
Cucumbers contain a hormone that is needed by cells in the pancreas to produce insulin.
- Benefit the blood
Compounds found in cucumbers called Sterols may help reduce cholesterol levels. They also contain potassium, magnesium and fiber, which help to regulate blood pressure.