The best thing one can do to refresh oneself on a hot summer day is to munch on a cucumber. This fruit can be eaten as a salad. You can also prepare a cooler, smoothie or detox drink using cucumber, water and lime. Store it in a jar and have a sip whenever you want. We all know cucumber can also be used to enhance our beauty by soothing the eyes and hydrating the skin.
Cucumber is a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and a great quantity of water content. Here are some cool benefits this humble fruit provides you with:
- Combats cancer
Presence of phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which is an extremely oxidated steroid and polyphenols called lignans provides cucumber with cancer fighting abilities. Cucumber can safeguard us from the cancers of breast, uterine and prostate.
- Enhances brain health
An anti-inflammatory flavanol called fisetin is found in cucumber which aids in enhancing the functioning of the brain and also improves memory.
- Manages blood pressure
Munch on a cucumber or sip a smoothie made using it if you suffer from high or low BP or hypertension. The vitamins and minerals present in cucumber regulate and maintain normal blood pressure.
- Flushes toxins out of the body
Toxins tend to accumulate in our body over a period of time. Consuming cucumber can help in flushing them away and cleanse our organs. This also helps in getting rid of kidney stones.
- Treat yourself with Minerals and Vitamins
Sipping water containing cucumber's minerals and vitamins content will aid in fulfilling your body's nutritional requirements and also keep you hydrated.
- Helps To Lose Weight
If you are dieting and working on losing some weight, add cucumber in your things to eat list. It is filling and watery, hence keeps hunger pangs at bay.
- Aids in digestion
Cucumber helps in solving health issues related to indigestion and its fibrous content helps in maintaining the bowel movement and aid digestion.
- Benefits your skin
If you are trying hard to get a good and nourished skin, go high on cucumber. It contains a compound called silica or silicon dioxide which helps in bettering the skin and also improves muscles.