Cucumbers are a valuable source of antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. In addition. They also contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol. Fresh extracts from cucumbers provides specific antioxidant benefits, including increased scavenging of free radicals and increased overall antioxidant capacity and reduces unwanted inflammation. Cucumber accomplishes this task by inhibiting activity of pro inflammatory enzymes like cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2), and prevents overproduction of nitric oxide in situations where it could increase the likelihood of excessive inflammation. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum, and pantothenic acid. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1. They contain the important nail health promoting mineral silica.
Facts about cucumber
- Cucumbers consist mainly of water.
- Some people use cucumber to soothe sunburn.
- Early research shows that a compound found in cucumbers might help fight cancer.
- Cucumbers contain lignan, which may help fight cardiovascular disease.
- Cucumber is a versatile food that can be added to a variety of dishes.
Hydration: Consisting mostly of water, cucumber helps prevent dehydration during the hot summer months or during and after a workout. Adding cucumber and mint to water increases water consumption by making it more attractive to drink. Dehydration is important for many things including maintaining a healthy intestine, preventing constipation and avoiding kidney stones.
Cancer : Cucumbers contain high levels of nutrients known as cucurbitacins, which helps prevent cancer by stopping cancer cells from proliferating and surviving. They contain cucurbitacins A, B, C, D, and E.
Skin: Cucumbers have anti inflammatory benefits, when used directly on the skin, sliced cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation, and inflammation. It alleviates sunburn. When placed on the eyes, they can help decrease morning puffiness.
Cucumber beauty tips includes:
Toner: Blending and sieving to collect the juice for a natural toner. Leave on the skin for 30 minues, then rinse. This is said to have astringent properties and to help clear the pores.
Face pack: Mix equal amounts of cucumber juice and yogurt to make a face pack that helps reduce dry skin and blackheads.