Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit and having it on your menu is advisable.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions. Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
Here are reasons why cucumber must be part of your daily diet;
Hydration: Cucumbers consist mostly of water, and they also contain important electrolytes. They can help prevent dehydration in hot weather or after a workout.
Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining a healthy intestine, preventing constipation, avoiding kidney stones, and more.
Bone health: Cucumber is rich in Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting, and it may support bone health.
Cancer: As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumbers contain high levels of bitter-tasting nutrients known as cucurbitacin. According to the International Journal of Health Services, cucurbitacins may help prevent cancer by stopping cancer cells from reproducing.
Diabetes: Cucumbers may play a role in controlling and preventing diabetes. It contains substances that may help lower blood sugar or stop blood glucose from rising too high. One theory is that the cucurbitacins in cucumber help regulate insulin release and the metabolism of hepatic glycogen, a key hormone in the processing of blood sugar.
Inflammation: Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is a function of the immune system. Experts believe inflammation may help trigger the development of various health conditions, such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, depression and cancer.
Skin care: Some research has suggested that cucumber’s nutrients may provide benefits for skin health.
Applying sliced cucumber directly to the skin can help cool and soothe the skin and reduce swelling and irritation. It can alleviate sunburn. Placed on the eyes, they can help decrease morning puffiness.