Cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family which is related to melons, such as watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew, and is relatively a low-calorie food. Cucumbers have a mild, refreshing taste and a high-water content.

Nutritional profile

Cucumbers are good sources of phyto nutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such flavonoids, lignans and triterpenes, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. it contains many essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese, Copper and Potassium.

Health benefits of Cucumber

Prevent Constipation and Kidney Stones
Cucumbers are a perfect blend of both fiber and water. Therefore, they help to protect the body from constipation and kidney stones.

Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Cucumbers contain lignin, which is referred to as an anti-inflammatory element that helps to boost immunity and reduces the occurrence of all the risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

Promotes Detoxification
Studies have shown that cucumber helps the liver remove impurities and waste and completely eliminate accumulated toxins from the bloodstream and gut. It also allows the body to pass out more urine in order to remove toxins.

Good for Eye Health and skin
It moisturizes all the skin around the eyes as it contains 95% water. Vitamin E in cucumber plays a crucial role in improving the skin, enhancing collagen production, and acting as a natural anti-wrinkle agent. Moreover, eating cucumber helps enhance the vision as it contains several anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that can help steer clear of cataracts.

Treats Cancer
Cucumbers contain fisetin, caffeic acid, cucurbitacins, lutein, which have the capability to reduce cancerous symptoms at the early stages by eliminating free radical cells and help to boost immunity.

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Optimal Digestive Health
Pectin in cucumber facilitates the normal flora of the intestine. It also manages the bowel movement and softens the stool due to its high water content, which helps treat constipation, gastritis, ulcer and many other stomach-related disorders.

Maintains Adequate Blood Pressure
The rich amount of magnesium, fiber and potassium makes cucumbers helpful in maintaining the right blood pressure.

Stronger Bones, Nails and Teeth
Cucumber contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, both of which help strengthen the body’s ligaments, cartilage, tendons and bones. The vegetable also contains silica in it, which helps in the formation of connective tissue and strengthens weakened bones.

Source: AgroNigeria