The other day I posted an amazing recipe on cucumber salad, and it got me thinking about the health benefits of cucumbers. Are they really as amazing as some dietitians say? Let’s take a closer look, and see what we find.
They’re high in antioxidants. They’re hydrating and contain multiple vitamins. I’m not talking about kale, but referring to CUCUMBERS. The health benefits of cucumber cannot be overemphasized. It is incredibly beneficial. It has excellent cleansing properties, and those properties actively eradicate accumulated toxins from the body system.
The fruit (cucumber) that is commonly thought to be a vegetable, is low in calories and contains a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making it an agent that not only promotes hydration but also helps in weight loss. I’ve talked about the health benefits of tomatoes in an earlier post, but let’s dig into a little bit more on this green wonder.
I mentioned the hydrating quality of cucumbers, but I’m not lying when I say that cucumbers are 96% water, and they serve as a great source of hydration for your body. Just keep in mind that the amount of water you actually ingest from cucumbers depends on your serving size.
Because cucumbers are mostly water and rich in fiber content, they also aid in regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Yes, you heard that right. Plus, when you eat lots of healthy foods like cucumber, you leave less room for high-salt and high-fat foods that can also slow your digestion.
Cucumbers are filled with them. In just a single cup of cucumber slices, you’ll get 14% to 19% of the vitamin K you need for the day. You’ll also get vitamins B and C along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body and are linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Cucumbers have a unique set of antioxidants, including flavonoids, lignans, and triterpenes. They not only protect cells but also lessen inflammation that’s linked to arthritis and other long-term conditions.
Cucumbers are also a source of calcium needed to eradicate the risks of low bone density and fractures. Cucumber also helps increase the absorption of calcium, improving the repair of bone muscles.
One More Thing
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