Know the amazing medicinal values of cucumber ('kheera')

Cucumber is cultivated all over the world. It is cheap and often neglected. But this common fruit/vegetable has amazing nutritional and medicinal values. It is also used for skin care in various beauty products. Let us learn the medicinal values of cucumber from this article.

Cucumber or 'kheera' in Hindi! Every Indian household is well acquainted with this vegetable/fruit. This vegetable is used in almost every Indian home in every nook and corner of the country. It is very cheap also. Although we have a vague idea that cucumber is beneficial for health, but very few of us know the exact benefits or the medicinal values of cucumber. In this article we are going to discuss the amazing medicinal values of cucumber.

Cucumber re-hydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins

Cucumber contains 95 per cent water. It helps keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate the toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. We should not also forget to leave the skin on, because the cucumber skin contains a very good amount of vitamin C, which is about 10 per cent of the daily-recommended use.

It fights various cancers

Cucumbers contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have found to lower the risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

It definitely helps in weight loss and digestion

Due to its very low calorie and high water content, cucumber is a ideal diet for people who want to lose weight. The high water content and dietary fibres in cucumbers are very effective in helping the body to get rid of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers is regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

Cucumber cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure

Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which is beneficial for diabetic patients. Researchers have found that a compound called sterols found in cucumbers helps to reduce cholesterol level. Cucumber also contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fibres. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. All these make cucumber good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. High sugar patients must include cucumber in their daily diet.

It promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which improves joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. Cucumber is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, C and D, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, cucumbers relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

Cucumber relieves bad breath and cures hangover

If a slice of cucumber is pressed to the roof of the mouth with tongue for 30 seconds, the phyto-chemcials present in cucumber would kill the bacteria in mouth responsible for causing bad breath. At the same time, cucumbers contain adequate sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients which help in reducing the intensity of hangover and headache.

Concluding comments

Cucumber is one of the most cultivated vegetables all over the world and is known to be one of the best foods for overall health. It is often referred to as a super-food. It is very cheap and can be taken by people from all financial background. Not only it is known for various health benefits, it is also used in many beauty products.

Article by Partha K.
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