This simple vegetable is inexpensive but rich in nutrients
5/8/2017 1:38:54 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
It’s summer and cucumbers are a great way to keep your bodies cool. Packed with high water and fibre content, these are rich in nutrients too.
The cucumber is believed to be native to India, and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in Western Asia for 3,000 years. It is also listed among the foods of ancient Ur and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating cucumbers. From India, it spread to Greece and Italy (where the Romans were especially fond of the crop), and later into China.
Today many different types of cucumber are available all over the world. It is also considered an everyday superfood. Here’s why.
1. Protects Your Brain: Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol that plays an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, it is said to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer: These contain polyphenols which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.
3. Fight Inflammation: Cucumbers may help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes (including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2).
4. Prevents Heart Disease: Cucumbers contain numerous antioxidants, including the well-known vitamin C and beta-carotene. These not only fight cancer but also prevent heart disease.
5. Freshens Your Breath: Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria.
6. Manage Stress: The vitamins present in this vegetable help ease anxiety and stress.
7. Manage Diabetes: Cucumbers have been useful for diabetic patients for many years as they contain a hormone required by the beta cells during insulin production. The Glycemic Index of cucumbers is actually zero. Thus, consumption of cucumbers keeps the glucose level in check.
8. Support Your Digestive Health: Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Adding cucumbers to your juice or salad can help food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.
9. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack. Soluble fibre present in it dissolves into a gel-like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion.
10. A Bright and Glowing Complexion: Cucumber is rich in silica, which is the essential component that aids in developing strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. It helps maintain healthier and brighter skin. Cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating.
Healthy Cucumber Juice
1. Slice all the ingredients to fit into your juicer and juice away!