30 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumber is one of the widely cultivated plants around the globe. Due to the goodness of the nutrition combined with various health benefits the popularity of the cucumber is constantly on the rise. Due to this, it is in the list of top ten vegetables cultivated around the globe.
Cucumbers are often referred to the vegetable but wildly consumed in raw form as in the salad.
Cucumber is the plant claimed to have been originated from the Asia. The wild cucumbers are available in the tropical Asian forests that are relatively smaller in size than that of the commercial varieties.
Cucumber is the creeping vine that grows well in the warm climate. The people around the native region have been cultivating cucumber from the long time back.
There are three types of the cucumber, which often distinguished, based on the usages. The seedless cucumbers are often known as the burpless cucumber and are often grown in the greenhouse. The pickling cucumbers are medium size cucumber used to make pickle. The slicing cucumbers are eaten in raw and in the unripe stage.
Cucumber is lush with the goodness of water, which comprise of more than ninety-five percent of the cucumber by volume.
It has around four percent of the carbohydrate and the scant amount of fat and protein respectively.
Vitamins present in the cucumber are the Vitamin C, K and B complex vitamin-like B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9 in varying amount.
Among the minerals, it contains Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, and Potassium in varying concentration. Further, it has the negligible amount of Sodium (1).
Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber
Consumption of the cucumber is beneficial to lose the weight in the human body. Cucumber is low in the calorie and lush with the goodness of vitamin and mineral, which are essential for the adequate functioning of the human body (2).
Due to several beneficial properties, nutritional pundits around the globe consider the cucumber as the potent plant to lose the weight.
The significant amount of water content in the cucumber followed by the scant amount of dietary fiber is beneficial in combating constipation in different individuals (3).
Due to the beneficial property, it is often included in the list of the food for effective combat against constipation. The presence of the insoluble fiber that facilitates the bowel movement resulting in several beneficial effects.
To get the optimum benefit from constipation it is essential to consume the cucumber on the daily basis.
The goodness of adequate amount of Water that has the most potent detoxifying property. The goodness innate in the cucumber can effectively remove the heavy metal from the body (4).
The phytonutrients coined Cucurbitacins is beneficial in preventing cancer occurring in different part of the body.
Cancer occurring in the various part of the body like prostate, breast, ovarian can be minimized by the regular consumption of the cucumber (5).
The presence of the ascorbic and caffeic acid in the cucumber is beneficial for soothing various kinds of irritation occurring in the body (6).
Further, the presence of higher amount of the water increases the moisturizing capacity of the skin.
6 Alzheimer’s Disease
Antioxidant present in the cucumber is beneficial in the prevention of the Alzheimer’s in the human body (7).
Alzheimer’s disease is creating havoc due to increases in the loneliness in the old age around the globe.
The presence of the polyphenol often known as lignans is beneficial to prevent the inflammation in the human body (8).
8. Bad Breath
Bad Breath is often related to oral hygiene and occasionally due to the diseased gum and bacterial infection.
Keeping the slice of the fresh cucumber in the mount for half a minute can instantly produce the best result
This is due to inhabitation of the bacterial infection in the mouth by the phytochemicals bad breath can be avoided (9).
Further, the high water content in the cucumber is effective in the oral cleansing of the mouth.
The goodness of the innate fiber and potassium is beneficial of the optimum functioning of the healthy heart (10).
Potassium is vital to lower the blood pressure in the human body. There is the need of the adequate balance of the sodium and potassium in the human body. This is often known as the sodium pump and the potassium pump.
Further, the presence of the scant amount of the magnesium drastically increases the health benefits.
The goodness of the various vitamins like K, C, Beta-carotene and minerals like magnesium is beneficial for the healthy hair. The massage of the cucumber juice in the scalp is highly beneficial to obtain the healthy hair (11).
Various disorders like the dull hair and the hair fall can be prevented by the use of the cucumber.
Cucumber is the good source of the fiber that is effective in the lowering the cholesterol in the blood. The innate plant sterols present in the cucumber are effective in soothing the LDL cholesterol in the blood (12).
Further cucumber has the negligible amount of fat and cholesterol is virtually absent in the cucumber.
The healthy level of cholesterol is essential for the adequate functioning of the human body.
Intake of the cucumber is associated with the increase in the insulin sensitivity in the body leading to several beneficial effects in the human body.
Further, cucumber has the low glycemic index that is 15, which does not spike the level of glucose in the blood (13).
Although cucumber cannot cure diabetes but the regular consumption of the cucumber can prevent the occurrence of diabetes.
Consuming cucumber is beneficial for the kidney due to the innate goodness of the nutrition.
Further, the low-oxalate vegetable lowers the chance of the building of the calcium oxalate often refers to as stone in the kidney and produces several beneficial properties (14).
The high amount of water content in the cucumber is beneficial in keeping the healthy kidney.
14. Healthy Bone
The natural goodness of innate minerals present in the cucumber is beneficial in obtaining the healthy bone in the human body.
The presence of the mineral like Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium is beneficial in obtaining healthy bone (15).
The roles of the magnesium to obtain the healthy bone are often neglected.
More than ninety-five percent of the cucumber comprise of water that is beneficial for the hydration in the human body.
Due to the adequate mineral balance consuming cucumber water produces hydration effect far greater than drinking water (16).
16. Hangover Remedy
Dehydration is often associated with the hangover. The cumulative effect of the nutrient, essential electrolyte, carbohydrate and various B-complex vitamins is effective in soothing the effect of the hangover (17).
The goodness of the phytochemical combined with the various vitamin and minerals are effective in soothing the uric acid level in the blood. This is effective in curing arthritis in the human body. There is no precise remedy of arthritis but consumption of the cucumber can soothe the occurrence of arthritis.
The presence of the silica in the cucumber is beneficial to obtain the healthy joints (18).
18. Ageing Effects
Cucumber is often referred to as the anti-aging food. This is due to the innate goodness of the vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium that is beneficial to combat the aging effect (19).
Aging is accelerating by the free radical that has the detrimental effect in the cell. The damage of the free radical is often associated with the aging effect. Although there are several theories on the possible cause of the aging. The free radical theory is one of most popular theory on the aging.
Cucumber is used to soothe the burns occurring in the different part of the body. It enhances the wound healing due to minimizing the microbial infection in the body (20).
20. Blood Clotting
Vitamin K is often referred to as the Blood Clotting vitamin. Among all the vitamins, vitamin K is present in higher amount in the cucumber (21).
Due to effective blood clotting mechanism, optimum health functioning is obtained upon the consumption of the cucumber.
21 Dark Circles Under Eye
Cucumbers are traditionally used to remove the dark circle under the eye. Due to natural options and highly effective nature, it is often prescribed by several persons.
Application of the freshly cut chilled cucumber slice can yield the better result in soothing the occurrence of the under eye circle (22).
22. Worms Removal
Consuming the whole cucumber including the seed is effective in removing the worms from the body. Various worms include the tapeworms are removed by the adequate consumption of the cucumber (23).
23. Electrolyte Balance
Due to the adequate content of the minerals in the cucumber. Consumption of the cucumber promotes the electrolyte balance in the body (24).
Cucumber is lush with the goodness of the nutrient required for the adequate development of the fetus during pregnancy. The presence of the folic acid, zinc, potassium, and magnesium clearly signifies the importance of consumption during pregnancy (25).
25. Gum and Teeth
Cucumber is beneficial to obtain the healthy gum and teeth. The innate goodness of the cucumber helps to absorb acid in the mouth produces several health benefits (26).
Due to the beneficial property cucumber is often included in the list of the food preventing the gum and teeth disease.
The presence of the nutrient beneficial to prevent the damage to the bone is beneficial in the combat against the osteoporosis (27).
The presence of the valuable vitamin like Vitamin C and K and the occurrence of the minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous are beneficial in the prevention of the osteoporosis.
The goodness of the antioxidant, iron and folic acid is beneficial in obtaining the adequate memory in the human body (28).
The presence of the iron that is essential for the effective supply of the oxygen in the different part of the body. Adequate oxygen supply is essential for the adequate functioning of the memory.
The flavonol in the cucumber is effective in combating the loss of the memory.
28. Smells and Taste
The presence of the trace amount of zinc can boost the smells and taste. The chronic deficiency of the zinc in the diet causes loss of smells and taste (29).
The trace amount of zinc in the cucumber is effective in combating the chronic deficiency of zinc.
Zinc is often neglected nutrition with the immense health benefits.
Eczema is the noisome condition in which the skin becomes red, itchy and rough. The beneficial effect is due to the high water content, antioxidant in the cucumber followed by several nutritional benefits for the human health (30).
The innate scant amount of the folic acid present in the cucumber is beneficial to combat the miscarriage occurring during the early stage of the pregnancy (31).
Due to the significantly low amount of folic acid in the cucumber, it is essential to seek the alternative sources.
There are the cases of the bacterial infection due to the consumption of the cucumber. These necessitate adequate washing of the cucumber before the consumption.
Further, high pesticide residue in the cucumber is the major cause of the health concern. But the health benefit of consuming cucumber out shadow the adverse effect of the pesticide residue in the cucumber.
Cucumber produced in the industrial scale are waxed to make the alluring appearance that can demise the health benefits.
The side effect is often encountered which the cucumber is consumed in the massive doses. Moderation is the key to obtain optimum health benefits by the consumption of the cucumber.
Massive consumption of the cucumber is associated with the flatulence that can create noisome. This is due to the innate cucurbitacin in the cucumber.
It is essential to avoid bitter cucumber, as they are toxic to the body.
Massive consumption of cucumber can increase the potassium in the blood leading to abnormalities in the renal system.