Cucumbers help fight cancer and heart disease.

Cucumbers help fight cancer and heart disease.

Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are the ones that are the healthiest for you. It’s cucumber season in Canada, so feel free to add this humble fruit, which is a member of the melon family, to your daily diet. By the way, if you are on a diet, you will be delighted to discover that they are low in calories, cholesterol, fat, and sodium.  Yet another good thing about cucumbers is you can eat them with or without the peel, and if you do eat the peel it adds a bit of fiber to your meal.

Cucumbers Can Keep You Hydrated

One of the most interesting things about cucumbers is that they can keep you hydrated and they are a good thing to eat both before and after a workout,. You can also slice up cucumbers and add them to ice water, along with a bit of lime, or mint to create a refreshing beverage.  Staying hydrated, especially during these dog days of summer is crucial to building strong healthy bones.  Dabbing a bit of the juice on a cloth or simply rubbing slices of raw cucumber on your skin can also help soothe a sunburn.

Build Strong Bones

One cup of sliced cucumber provides 8.5 mcg of Vitamin K, which is good for retaining bone and bone strength.  According to the National Institute of Health, women over 19 years of age should be consuming about 90 mcg of Vitamin K daily and men need 120 mcg.  Cucumber also contains a trace amount of calcium. In general, Vitamin K assists the body with absorbing calcium from other foods.

Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

According to the American Heart Association, eating more fiber, potassium and magnesium are good for the heart and can prevent a buildup of cholesterol cardiovascular problems and other issues. They are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.  Consuming produce that is rich in potassium can help prevent high blood pressure.

Prevent Cancer And Hardening of The Arteries

As a Member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumber contains high levels of antioxidants called cucurbitacins, which in conjunction with the vitamins A, B, C, D and E in the fruit help to prevent cancer.  The cucurbitacins in cucumbers might also help prevent atherosclerosis.

Helps Control and Prevent Diabetes

Studies have been done that prove that the cucurbitacins in cucumbers may help control low glycemic reactions and high blood sugar.  The cucurbitacins in cucumbers have also been found to reverse diabetes in mice.  The theory behind this is that the cucurbitacins in the cucumber regulate an important hormone in the processing of blood sugar called hepatic glycogen, helping the endocrine system to operate more efficiently.

Cucumber Juice Beautifies Your Skin

You have probably already heard of the fact that sliced cucumbers, placed on the skin have a cooling effect that decreases water retention and inflammation around the eyes, but if you really want to help clear up your complexion and make it glow, collect the juice and then leave it on your skin for 30 minutes.  You can also add 1/8 cup of cucumber juice to 1/8 of a cup of plain yogurt and rub it all over your face to relieve dry skin and blackheads.

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