By Muhammad Muawiyya Idrees
Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis Sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon, cantaloupe) and Squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin). Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such flavonoids, lignans and triterpenes, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, according to World’s Healthiest Foods.
Here is a list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries:
Keeps you hydrated.
If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
Fights heat, both inside and out.
Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
Flushes out toxins.
All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
Lavishes you with vitamins A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.
Supplies skin-friendly minerals:magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas. Aids in weight loss
Revives the Eyes
Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
Cuts down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.
Soot Soothes muscle and joint pain.
All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
Keeps kidneys in shape.
Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
Good for diabetics.
Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.