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Health Benefits of Cucumber Consumption

Learning about the benefits of cucumber will convince all of us to increase our intake of this wonderful vegetable. 

Cucumbers are used largely either as sliced cucumbers or as pickles. There are two different kinds of cucumbers grown for each of these specific purposes. The pickle cucumbers tend to be smaller than the slicing cucumbers. These cylindrical-shaped vegetables are usually six to nine inches long and their skin color ranges from green to pale green. The flesh of the cucumber is a very pale green, almost white, that is surprisingly dense. The flesh is high in water content and crunchy at the same time and the seeds of the vegetable are also edible. This makes the cucumber a particularly satisfying snack in summer. There is a particular variety of the cucumber grown in greenhouses which is thinner and longer and seedless. This variation with the thinner skin is supposed to be easier to process and digest.

The various parts of this vegetable offer various vitamins and minerals and this makes it easy to see the benefits of cucumber in our diet. The inner flesh of the cucumber is high in water content and it also contains ascorbic acid, which is a good source of vitamin C, and caffeic acid. Both ascorbic acid and caffeic acid are used to soothing skin irritations and they are also beneficial in reducing swelling.

The hard skin of the cucumber is a good source of fiber and of beneficial minerals such as magnesium, silica and potassium. Silica is an important component of healthy connective tissue and is necessary for strength in bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This silica is considered a good boost to skin health and so cucumber juice is suggested as a treatment for those suffering from skin health issues. The high water content of the cucumber also makes for good skin hydration. Cucumber slices are also sometimes used topically for swollen eyes, dark circles under the eyes and for sunburn. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid are supposed to prevent water retention and this may explain why cucumber is effective in dealing with some skin concerns.  

Another benefit of cucumber consumption is that you are assured of giving the body much needed dietary fiber. An interesting bonus of taking in your fiber through the cucumber is that it comes packed with the additional fluids that you are supposed to consume with fiber intake.

Studies have shown that foods rich in magnesium, potassium and fiber help people with blood pressure because it can bring it down to manageable levels. Even those on other prescribed diets such as those using low far dairy foods found including food rich in potassium, fiber and magnesium made an impact in further reducing the blood pressure.  The cucumber which offers this great combination is therefore an easy choice for those seeking to find the right components for a healthy diet while coping with blood pressure.

Cucumber is available easily and is a relative affordable vegetable – given all the benefits of cucumber as a source of minerals and vitamins you should make a conscious effort to increase your consumption of this vegetable. Pick cucumbers that are bright or dark green and avoid yellowed vegetables. The cucumber should be firm to the touch and not have wrinkled tips. Choose cucumber stored in the refrigerated section of the grocery store as this vegetable is sensitive to heat. While many commercially available cucumbers are waxed it is advisable to use non-waxed organic cucumbers if you are to get the full benefit of consuming the nutrient-rich skin of the cucumber. It is best to use a cucumber within a couple of days of purchase although you can store it a bit longer in a refrigerator.


 

 


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