Originally from India, cucumber is now consumed and used in many parts of the world. Essentially eaten raw, in salad, in juice or in cold soup, it is also used as a skincare and is used in the manufacture of cosmetics.
The virtues of cucumber
It is a low-calorie vegetable that contains only 16 kilocalories per 100 grams and is 96% water. It is an excellent thirst quencher that hydrates the body, consisting mainly of minerals, trace elements and very rich in vitamins B, C, E and provitamin A.
The skin of the cucumber is essentially composed of antioxidant elements, which is why it is advisable to eat it with your skin. In this case, make sure that the cucumbers are organic and make sure they are rinsed well.
Cucurbitacin C (responsible for bitterness) contained in cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties that slow down or even prevent the growth of cancer cells. In order to benefit from its anti-cancer effect, it is necessary to consume short and bitter varieties.
A slimming ally
Very low in calories, cucumber promotes the feeling of satiety and burning fat with histamine which is released when it is long chewed. Japanese researchers say that “its high masticatory index favors the destocking of abdominal fat”. Consuming cucumber fifteen minutes before the meal reduces the calories accumulated in a meal.
Against bad cholesterol
Peroxidase in the skin of cucumber is a protein that lowers the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the body and thus reduces heart problems.
An insulin producer
Cucumber is an ally for people with diabetes because it contains a hormone that helps lower the level of glucose in the blood and is used by the pancreas to produce insulin.
A beauty asset
The large amount of caffeic and absorbent acids found in cucumbers have earned him success in aesthetic treatments for treating the skin and reducing inflammation. The reason for its reputation in reducing bags under the eyes and dark circles is the ascorbic acid it contains; to do this, place cucumber slices on the eyes for twenty minutes.
A purifier of the body
To purify the body and strengthen the functioning of the tissues, purge with cucumber skin syrup; grate the skin, mix with water and juice of half a lemon and let macerate and filter to obtain a syrup.
If you suffer from digestive disorders and acid reflux, the fibers and water contained in the cucumber will be beneficial to good digestion and neutralization of toxins of the digestive system. Daily consumption of cucumber treats and relieves chronic constipation.
For hair growth
Cucumber is rich in silicon and sulfur, two compounds that promote hydration and hair growth. Consuming a salad of cucumbers, carrots and lettuce is the winning combination for healthy hair.
Thanks to its photochemical substances, the cucumber destroys the bacteria that are in the oral cavity, relieves the gums and strengthens the teeth. Replace the commercial mouthwash with cucumber juice to make gargles.
Regular consumption of cucumber is beneficial for the kidneys as it acts as a natural diuretic that helps eliminate body waste through the urine and prevent kidney stones.
The silica contained in the cucumber is good for the joints because it strengthens the tissues. Consuming a cucumber / carrot juice helps relieve muscle and arthritis pain and prevent the deterioration of nails and fingers.
The pyridoxine contained in cucumber has relaxing properties that give it a soothing property to fight against stress and anxiety.
Caution: It is not recommended for people with allergies to pollen to consume cucumber in large quantities because it can cause oral allergies that result in irritation in the throat, mouth and lips. If these symptoms appear, it is advisable to consult a doctor.