Cucumbers are one of those simple fruits that provides many health benefits if eaten in its natural form. They are not only delicious, and nutritious, but also help to regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, regulate the digestive process, and reduce inflammation. Here are some interesting facts on cucumbers.
Cucumber (Cuvaula Cubeba) is a widespread cultivated creeping vine species in the Cucurbitaceae family that bears cucumber-like fruits, which are employed as fruits for food. There are basically three main types of cucumber across the world with differing varieties of taste, color, and nutritional content. The Central Asian cucumber is among the oldest and the most commonly grown; the Mediterranean cucumber is more popular in Southern Asia and Africa, and the African cucumber is more popular in Southern Asia and Africa. All cucumbers contain more than 90% water.
Among all fruits and vegetables cucumbers are among the most frequently consumed. They can be eaten raw, cooked, halved, sliced, or grated. In addition to containing water, cucumbers are a good source of essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and folic acid. Specifically, cucumbers are a source of potassium, with an average potassium level of about 7 mg/day. This is higher than most edible sources.
Recent studies have shown that eating cucumber slices as an alternative to chips and other snacks can be very helpful. Cucumbers, unlike most vegetables, contain a large amount of potassium. Also, when eating cucumbers it’s recommended to grate them, or slice them, instead of eating them whole. Research has proven that eating cucumber slices as a replacement to potato chips and other snack foods can lower the risk of stroke in women. This is because cucurbitacins (a chemical found in cucumbers) inhibit blood platelet adhesion, a condition that increases the risk of stroke.
Some research has also indicated that consuming foods high in lignans, also known as “coconut oils”, may prevent coronary artery disease (CAD). Coconut oil has been found to be particularly effective in preventing CAD by reducing high LDL cholesterol levels and increasing HDL cholesterol. In addition to reducing LDL cholesterol, coconut oil has been found to be beneficial in decreasing blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol. In short, this dark green vegetable is extremely healthy and may even help you live longer.
Cucumbers contain a number of healthful ingredients including vitamins A, C, B-complex, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and niacin. Interestingly, researchers have found that adding cucumber to the diet can actually increase the antioxidant activity in our bodies. Antioxidants are substances that fight off harmful molecules (such as cancer cells or pesticides) from damaging our cells. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants such as cucumbers helps keep our cells healthy and functioning properly. Furthermore, studies have also shown that there are a number of cucumber based compounds that possess antioxidant activity.
Cucumbers themselves are not only delicious, but they’re loaded with nutrients. Cucumbers are rich in sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and fiber. Moreover, cucumbers are one of the highest sources of vitamin C in the food world. In fact, besides being the worlds largest vegetable, cucumbers are also one of the most important foods to eat if you want to get your daily amount of vitamin C. The good news is that eating cucumbers on a regular basis is one of the most healthy things you can do for your body. However, there is no reason you have to eat them only at dinner. In fact, cucumbers make great snacks during the day too.
Another benefit that the pickled cucumber has to offer is its anti-inflammatory properties. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that eating cucumber slices increased the activity of prostaglandins, which are primarily produced by inflammatory mediators such as cytokines. Prostaglandins are known to stimulate tumor growth and inflammation. So eating cucumbers may help prevent certain forms of cancer from forming. Thus, not only can cucumbers be used in cooking but also in treating various health problems.