The Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Today I want to share with you the health benefits of cucumbers.  This is another one of those vegetables that I don’t care for myself.  I have tried them on numerous occasions, but still can’t make myself like them. IMG_20140428_112005_677 The only way I will eat a cucumber is in the form of a pickle.

My mom loves cucumbers with onions in vinegar, which makes me want to gag.  Everybody likes what they like so I’m not knocking it, just don’t like it myself.

Cucumbers do have a number of health benefits though so I wanted to share them with you if you do like cucumbers.  One interesting fact I learned about cucumbers, while doing research for this blog post is, cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world, which means they are very popular even though I don’t like them myself.

Thanks to the website Natural News for the information below.  As always it is much appreciated and I always give credit where credit is due.

Now for the health benefits of cucumbers:

1.  Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins.  B vitamins work as a pick-me-up for the body so put down your sodas and coffee and eat some cucumber slices.

2.  Cucumbers are 95 percent water, which helps to keep the body hydrated while also helping the body eliminate toxins.  Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day so they are considered a super food.  Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3.  Cucumbers help fight cancer.  Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol.  These three lignans, which are chemical compounds, have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

4.  Cucumbers help relieve bad breath.  Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

5.  Cucumbers help with hangovers.  To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed.  Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

6.  Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients.  Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels.  Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber.  These work effectively for regulating blood pressure.  This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

7.  Cucumbers help to promote joint health and help relieve gout and arthritis pain.  Cucumbers are an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.  They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.  When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

8.  Cucumbers are also good for these two things, which I had no idea about.  The things you learn…Eliminates a foggy mirror.  Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.  Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

As you can see cucumbers have a number of health benefits.  If you like them you should pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store, or if you have the ability, plant some in your garden.

Check out these recipes using cucumbers.  There are a couple that I’m going to try that look really good.  Like I said I’m trying to like cucumbers 🙂  If you already do, good for you.  Now try out some of these great recipes.  Happy…Healthy eating!

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw

Lemon Zucchini and Cucumber Salad

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