Owing to the fact the cucumber is mostly (95%) water, this makes it incredibly low in calories, but it still has a fresh, distinctive taste which makes it a great addition to any meal, particularly salads and lighter meals.
Although usually referred to as a vegetable, the cucumber is actually a fruit, and it belongs to the same family as the watermelon and cantaloupe.
It is important when selecting your cucumber that you look out for certain things. The cucumber should be firm with round edges and have a bright, medium to dark green colour. Do not select cumbers that are softer or have a paler colour as these will be not as good quality.
Here are the ways in which cucumbers help your body on a daily basis:
Protects the Heart
Because cucumbers are rich in potassium, they are great at lowering blood pressure. A recent study linked high potassium levels to reduced risk of strokes and heart diseases. The recommended daily dose of potassium in 4,700 mg but many of us don’t come anywhere near that level. Eat more cucumber to boost you potassium levels.
Protects the Brain
Cucumber contains an anti-inflammatory called fisetin, which can be really important in protecting your nerve cells from decline as you age. Fisetin levels have been shown to be significant in studies on Alzheimer’s
Cucumbers have high levels of lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol. These are polyphenols which have been shown beneficial in fighting cancer in the body. It also contains cancer fighting phytonutrients.
Protects Your Bones
Cucumbers have high levels of vitamin K which is essential for healthy bone density. One cup of cucumber provides you will 11% of your daily vitamin K so you’ve got no excuse to be lacking. They are also rich in silica which is essential for healthy ligament and cartilage health.
Great For Your Skin
The high water content is a great way to keep yourself hydrated without the chore of chugging lots of water. It also has ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in it, both of which are compounds which prevent water from being lost from the body.
Again, because of the high water content, cucumbers are great for curing a hangover if you’ve woken up with a sore head. Their fresh taste will invigorate your senses and they are rich in vitamin B and electrolytes which help replenish nutrients in the body.
Detoxify The Body
Cucumbers are great for helping the body detox. The high water content helps to flush built up toxins from the body on a daily basis. They also help aid digestion and reduce constipation in the same way.
Cucumber are full of vitamins including B vitamins B1, B5 and B7. B vitamins have been proven to fight stress and anxiety.