The scientific name of cucumber is called Cucumis sativus. Cucumber is a fruit which belongs to the member of the cucurbitaceae family and it can be cultivated around the world. It can be easily recognized by its thin skin having light to dark green color, slightly sweet flavor, and moisture rich flesh with an inner edible seeds. It has many lots of nutritional values; by being used in sandwiches, juices, salads, raw consumption, etc. but apart from its usage, we will also be taking about the health benefits of this wonderful vegetable.
Check out below for the uses and health benefits that cucumber has to offer:
Bone health: cucumber contains about 8.5 micrograms of vitamin K. this vitamin promotes the absorption of calcium in the body. Combination of vitamin K and calcium are associated with bones that are less likely to crash and contribute to the overall health of the bone.
Cancer: cucumber being a member of cucurbitaceae family contains high levels of nutrients known as cucubitacins A, B, C, D and E. These cucurbitacins can help to prevent cancer by stopping cancers cells from proliferating and surviving.
Diabetes: cucumber contains cucurbita ficlofia, which helps to reduce the production of blood sugar. The cucurbitans contained in this fruit also help to regulate the metabolism of a key hormone in the processing of blood sugar and stimulate the release of insulin. Thereby preventing or aid in the treatment of diabetes.
Hair conditioner: Juice made out of cucumber can be used to produce hair conditioner. This conditioner makes hair more manageable by making the hair more silky and shiny.
Open pores treatment: one of the great uses of this fruit is the treatment of open pores. This can be done by using a toner made from cucumber juice. Alternatively, you can choose to mix the juice with apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, and tomato pulp to make it more effective.
Fights Cellulite: thighs cellulite can be removed with the usage of cucumber. The procedure is very simple. Just mix cucumber juice with some ground coffee and add raw honey to make a thick paste. Then apply the paste on the affected skin areas, wrap it in muslin cloth and exfoliate gently after 30 minutes. Raw consumption of this fruit can be used as cellulite treatment.
Hydration agent: feeling dehydrated? You can go for cucumber remedy. Cucumber contains a lot of water and important electrolytes. This makes it effective in hydrating the body which helps to prevent kidney stones, constipation and maintaining healthy intestines.
Prevents cardiovascular diseases: consumption of cucumber yields high fiber, potassium, lignan, and magnesium. These prevent cholesterol buildups, prevents high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Again, the fruit’s cucurbitacins may also prevent atheroslcerosis.
Pain reliever: cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties which may help to work against allergies, swelling, skin problems, etc. for the treatment of inflammation, just sliced some of it and place directly on the skin.
Epsom salt bath: this is a bath that incorporates cucumbers, fresh mint and a hit floral essential oil. These combinations fight against headaches, depression, excess stress, hotness by giving a soothing and cooling effect to the skin.
What great benefits we have in eating cucumber! Lastly, before we go, lets quickly take a look at some of the basic facts about this vegetable fruit; they mostly contains water, is a versatile food that can be added to a variety of dishes, has mild and refreshing taste. Really want to know more about cucumbers features? Just go to the nearest market or even along the road by street sellers and get as many as needed. What a great explore!