Nutrition and Health Benefits from Cucumbers

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Nutrition and Health Benefits from Cucumbers
by Dan Gerhardt · All Zones · Food Nutrition · 0 Comments · March 16, 2011 · 4,768 views

CUCUMBERS IN HISTORY

Cucumbers, a member of the gourd family, have been cultivated by man for at least 3,000 years. The cucumber is also listed among the foods of ancient Ur and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating them. Cucumbers originated in the foothills of the Himalayas, probably in or near present day India. They eventually found their way to ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. The fruit is mentioned in the Bible as having been freely available to the slaves in Egypt.

The Romans are reported to have used cucumbers to treat scorpion bites, bad eyesight, and to scare away mice. Wives wishing for children wore them around their waists. They were also carried by the midwives, and thrown away when the child was born. Records of cucumber cultivation appear in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century. Incidentally, the first documented use of the phrase "cool as a cucumber" was in the poem "A New Song" by English poet and playwright John Gay in 1732.


HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers are slightly less nutritious than most other fruits, but still a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Cucumbers are an excellent source of silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of our connective tissue, which hold our bodies together. Cucumbers contain erepsin, an enzyme that helps to digest protein. The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote hair growth, especially when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach. The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent the splitting of nails of finger nails. Cucumbers also provide some dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Cucumbers act as a natural diuretic and promote the flow of urine. Cucumbers provide a healthy juice that is beneficial for its properties as a complement to the effects of celery and carrot juice for rheumatic conditions, while at the same time being a soothing skin lotion.

Cucumbers are effective when used for various skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. They contain ascorbic and caffeic acids that prevent water retention, which may explain why the topical application of cucumbers are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns, and dermatitis.

The regular consumption and application of cucumbers may help to:

  • PROMOTE HYDRATION

  • ASSIST IN KIDNEY AND URINARY BLADDER PROBLEMS

  • HELP DIGESTION

  • PROMOTE HAIR AND NAIL GROWTH

  • PROMOTE HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE

  • SOOTHE SKIN PROBLEMS

  • REDUCE INFLAMMATION

  • SOOTHE TIRED, SWOLLEN EYES

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