12 Great Health & Beauty Benefits of Cucumber
Posted on 15 December 2014
Cucumbers are the 4th most cultivated vegetable in the world. Cucumbers are in the same botanical family as melons and squashes. They are considered one of the absolute best foods for the health of your skin, joints, liver, and kidneys.
Cucumbers are often used topically to enhance skin function. The natural ascorbic acid and caffeic acid within the cucumber act to prevent water retention in the skin.
- Reduces swelling under the eyes
- Helps the skin heal from sunburn
- Reduces inflammation (puffy eyes)
- Reduces eczema
The powerful antioxidant vitamins contained in the cucumber, such as vitamins A, C and E, help to clean the body of free radicals and dead skin cells. This stimulates the growth of new cells, and the end result is softer, smoother and more radiant skin.\
- Improves Complexion
Cucumbers contain vitamin A, which also acts as a natural moisturizer to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Helps fade dark circles under eyes
- Helps fade freckles and other skin discolorations
Cucumbers can help to reduce your levels of stress due to an amino acid called tryptophan. When the tryptophan reaches your brain, it is able to produce 2 essential hormones known as serotonin and melatonin. These hormones help you to relax and feel good so that you can stay calm in tough situations. These hormones are also essential for helping you to fall into a deep sleep at night so that you can wake up feeling fully rested.
They are also a natural energy tonic with their rich array of phytonutrients and electrolytes. The combination of alkalizing elements, electrolytes, and fluids make it one of the world's best foods for enhancing energy levels.
Fresh cucumbers have been shown to improve anti-oxidant levels within the body and inhibit pro-inflammatory substances such as COX-2.
Cucumbers are also great for stimulating the body's natural detoxification process.
Cucumbers are also very effective when eaten and applied topically for removing unwanted cellulite. Cucumbers act to draw out excess fluids and tighten collagen which has the effect of a natural cellulite reduction. Simply eat some cucumber, juice it, and/or place the cucumber on the regions of water retention.
Cucumbers contain silica, which is a trace mineral, and it is essential for maintaining a healthy body structure and a youthful appearance. It not only helps your muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones to stay strong, but it also helps to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Silica increases the production of collagen in the skin to help maintain its elasticity. This, in turn, helps to reduce wrinkles, as well as stretch marks resulting from pregnancy or from being overweight.
Cucumbers are loaded with the mineral silica, which is an essential component for healthy connective tissue (muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, & skin). It is also full of ionic potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C which give it a powerful alkalizing effect within the body. Additionally, cucumbers are particularly rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints, and tissues.
More recently scientists have begun studying the unique lignans found in cucumbers. These lignans include lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. New research is linking these lignans with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
Cucumbers also contain the triterpene phytonutrients cucurbitacins A, B, C, D, and E. These phytonutrients have been the major focus of some extensive research looking deeply into their abilities to inhibit cancer cell signaling pathways.
High in Dietary Fiber
Cucumbers are high in dietary fiber which helps to improve your digestive system so that your body can eliminate waste in a timely manner. This is essential if you want to look and feel young, as it increases your energy levels and helps to reduce the overall wear and tear on your body. A healthy digestive system will also boost your immune system to help you ward off most age related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and fibromyalgia.