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Possible Health Benefits Of Consuming Cucumbers

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Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions.

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cucumber decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

1) Hydration

Made mostly of water and full of important electrolytes, cucumber is a perfect food to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration. Adding cucumber to water is a great way to increase water consumption as well.

2) Skin

When used topically, cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation, and inflammation. Cucumber slices can be placed on the eyes to decrease morning puffiness or placed on the skin to alleviate and treat sunburn.

3) Bone health

Low intake of vitamin K has been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables (one cup of cucumber provides 11 percent of your daily needs) and is important for improving calcium absorption which is essential for optimal bone health.

4) Cancer

As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumbers contain high levels of nutrients known as cucurbitacins, which may have anticancer properties. These properties may prevent cancer cells from proliferating and surviving. Cucumbers contain cucurbitacins A, B, C, D, and E.

Though there are no current anti-cancer therapies that utilize cucurbitacins, there is some preliminary laboratory research that has produced promising results.

Nutritional breakdown of cucumber

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 1 cup of raw sliced cucumber with peel (approximately 119 grams) contains:

- 115 grams of water
- 16 calories
- 0.8 grams of protein
- 0.2 grams of fat
- 2.9 grams of carbohydrate (including 0.9 grams of fiber and 1.8 grams of sugar)

One cup of cucumber provides the following percentage of your recommended daily allowance:

- 11 percent of vitamin K
- 4 percent of vitamin C
- 4 percent of magnesium
- 4 percent of potassium
- 4 percent of manganese
- 2 percent of vitamin A
- 2 percent of thiamin
- 2 percent of riboflavin
- 2 percent of B6
- 2 percent of folate
- 2 percent of pantothenic acid
- 2 percent of calcium
- 2 percent of iron
- 2 percent of phosphorus
- 2 percent of zinc
- 2 percent of copper

Cucumbers also contain lignans, which research has shown may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several types of cancer.

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