health benefits of cucumbersHakim Ajmal Khan
Living a healthy life closer to the nature has been a major concern for modern people to overcome so many diseases resulted from high pollution in the atmosphere. Healthy life starts from the nature by consuming healthy and fresh food free from coloring additive, preservative, pesticides and other chemical substances. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can be a way to stay healthy and there is a wide variety of fruits and veggies which give so many benefits to human’s body if consumed regularly.
There are lots of easy-to-obtain fruits and veggies in the market to help keep human’s body in good physical shape and free from diseases. One of the easily cultivated vegetables with high health benefits is cucumber. Cucumber, (Cucumis sativus) is one of the most common veggies to be found worldwide. It is easy to nurture, and needs only a short period of time to harvest. As it does not need special treatment to grow cucumbers, this cylindrical vegetable is relatively cheap. Surprisingly, it has so many health benefits and is often referred to as the super food.
There are at least 6 health benefits to get from consuming cucumbers:
1. Vitamin B Source:
For people having intolerable stress from work or from daily routines, consuming cucumbers can really help to ease the pressure. Cucumbers contain high vitamin B that helps people get rid of stress, reduce anxiety, decrease depressions, strengthen the memory, lessen pre menstrual syndrome and even diminish the risks of heart attack. Consume cucumber and you will not need cigarettes or alcohol to help you relax.
2. Dehydration Preventer:
There are many varieties of cucumbers and all of them contain 95% water which is needed by human body to prevent dehydration. Eating more cucumbers everyday will help our body rehydrate and also helps the process of detoxification in our body. Consuming cucumbers with its skin every day suffices the daily needs of vitamins and people eating cucumbers regularly will have radiant skin as the need for vitamin C is fulfilled.
3. Anti Cancer Agent:
Cancer is the first of the deadliest diseases people are afraid of. Luckily, by eating cucumbers we can stay away from any frightening cancers such as ovarian cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other types of malignant cells. The three lignans in cucumber, pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol are proven to be effective to prevent cancers.
4. Diabetes , Cancer Agent:
Modern people really have big problems with their eating habits and lifestyle which cause disorders such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and also high level of glucose in their blood which eventually leads to diabetes. Cucumber is rich with sterols, potassium, fiber and magnesium which are beneficial to treat those health problems. Sterol can help reduce high cholesterol while the other substances can help regulate blood pressure. If made into juice, cucumbers can create a hormone which helps pancreas cells to produce insulin to treat diabetes.
5. Arthritis Pain Reliever:
The older we are, the less elastic our joints become. Older people will experience problems with their joints such as gout and arthritis pain. As cucumbers contain silica which strengthens the connective tissues, eating them can promote better and healthier joints. There will be no more pain in the joints if we consume cucumbers regularly.
6. Weight Loss Agent:
Another side effect of modern life style is obesity. There are more and more people who become obese and it is dangerous because obesity triggers many kinds of diseases. Cucumbers have high content of water and very low calorie so it helps weight loss program significantly. Its high fiber will also work well in our digestion systems to prevent constipation. Losing weight can be easier by consuming cucumbers.
It can be seen clearly that cucumbers have so many health benefits for our body so it is really important for us to consume it every day. There should be no excuses for not eating this vegetable because everyone can get it cheaply at the market or just grow it easily in their garden. Eat cucumber, get the benefits and stay closer to the nature.