Cucumbers. You can put them in your salad or on your face.
But where do they fit into your everyday health routine?
There are a lot of things about cucumbers you’re probably unaware of.
Including their impressive profile as a health food.
One little known fact about cucumbers is that they’re not a vegetable.
They’re actually a fruit. You can have that fact for free.
For the rest, you’ll have to keep reading as we explore just why and how cucumbers can improve your everyday health.
Can Cucumbers Really Help You Lead A Healthier, Longer Life?
Cucumbers are a welcome addition to many salads, but few of us look at them as something almost medicinal as well.
It’s easy to see why cucumbers are such a popular food. They are extremely nutritious with very few calories.
A cucumber offers high amounts of vitamins C and K, as well as a respectable helping of potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
They also prove to be an excellent source of dietary fiber.
We already know that cucumbers are a champion as a foodstuff, though.
Since they’re mostly water – about 96% – they’re great as a diet food. But since they’re also full of nutrition, they can earn their place on anybody’s plate.
If we leave the strict confines of things that might be listed on your nutritional facts label behind, we start to find a variety of previously untold benefits to cucumber consumption.
Let’s look at three of them.
1. Cucumbers Help Control Blood Sugar
In this age of easy access to carbohydrate rich foods, its way too easy to consume vast quantities of sugar.
High blood sugar levels can damage the body in all sorts of ways and eventually leads to diabetes.
Animals studies have demonstrated that cucumber is capable of reducing blood sugar levels and helping maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
In an experiment performed on diabetic mice, a cucumber peel extract was shown to be effective at combating changes associated with diabetes and decreasing blood sugar levels.
2. Cucumbers Help Reduce Cancer Risk
Cucumbers are a good source of compounds known as lignans.
Lignans are a type of polyphenol which act as hormones in plants.
They are common in the diet and while previously not given much attention, they have recently been a focus of study for their ability to fight cancers associated with hormones such as uterine, breast, prostate, and ovarian.
Not only does cucumber a good source of these lignans, it contains another host of potentially anti-cancer compounds called cucurbitacins.
Cucurbitacins are a type of phytonutrient.
They have been identified as being useful for their potenital to disrupt the process of cancer cell development and could be a useful tool in fighting many types of cancer.
3. Cucumbers Help Fight Inflammation
Research suggests that cucumbers inhibit key enzymes which promote inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is associated with a number of chronic conditions and is a major contributor to many types of pain.
The source of cucumbers’ ability to reduce inflammation might be a flavonol known as fisetin which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Fisetin also appears to have a vital role in brain health. It can reduce inflammation in the brain and help improve memory while protecting brain cells from age related degeneration.
A very interesting compound, fisetin has even been demonstrated to prevent memory loss and learning impairments in an animal model of mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
Go Ahead, Have A Salad
Hasn’t all this talk of cucumbers left you craving a delicious salad?
Next time you decide to prepare a delicious salad, go light on the dressing and add a healthy dose of cucumbers. Your body will thank you.