Interesting Facts About Cucumbers

interesting facts about cucumbers

Who could have guessed that cucumbers have multiple health AND other interesting benefits!

That’s right – Cucumbers are actually very versatile. Its use is not only limited to a tasty and healthy ingredient in salads and a tool for weight loss, but extends much further.

Healthcare benefits

  1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins your body needs daily. They contain vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, as well as folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
  2. The flavanol (an anti-inflammatory chemical) in cucumbers helps with brain functioning and helps you to remember things better by improving overall cell health and regeneration.
  3. Regular intake of cucumbers can stimulate health hair growth, as it contains silicon and sulphur.
  4. Cucumbers can help improve bone health. It is high in Vitamin K, which plays a role in bone metabolism by promoting bone growth.
  5. The high water in cucumber has been compared to a “virtual broom”, sweeping toxins and waste products out of your body. With regular eating, cucumbers are known to dissolve bladder and kidney stones.
  6. The high water, vitamin, mineral and caffeic acid present in cucumbers make it an essential part of skincare. Facial masks containing cucumber are used for skin tightening and can reduce puffiness and swelling under the eyes.Cucumbers Facts
  7. Cucumber can also help fight certain cancers. It contains the three lignans (polyphenols found in plants) secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol which have a strong connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including ovarian, breast, prostate and uterine cancer.
  8. A few slices of cucumber before going to bed and after a night of heavy alcohol intake, can help you avoid a morning headache or hangover. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients and keep your body in equilibrium.
  9. The phytochemicals in cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, thereby firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Next time before going to the pool or the beach, rub a few slices of cucumber along your “problem areas”.
  10. The phytochemicals will also kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath. Next time you need to freshen up your breath but don’t have gum or mints, take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds.
  11. Cucumber is an excellent and healthy alternative to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge. You can never overdo it and you never have to feel guilty!
  12. When you cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, it will release chemicals and nutrients in the steam that will create creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress.

Non-healthcare benefits

  1. If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

  2. If you place a few slices of cucumber in a pie tin in your garden beds, it will stop grubs and slugs from ruining it. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminium to give off a scent undetectable to humans, but drive away garden pests and make them flee the area.

  3. Are you looking for a ‘’green’’ way to clean your taps, sinks or stainless steel? Then take a thick slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, but it will also bring back the shine without leaving streaks.

The Content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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