Cucumber is one of the most cultivated vegetable in the world and also known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health,  Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon.

Watermelon and Cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. Plus,cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies with vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese. cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more.

Why You Should Eat Cucumber Everyday

  1. Cucumber Support Heart Health – Heart is the muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. its the organ lying slightly to the left of the midline of the chest. The heart serves as a pump controlling the blood flow in two circuits, the pulmonary and the systemic.

 How Cucumber helps Your Heart

Cucumbers contain potassium, which  is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally, Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly.

As an electrolyte, potassium is a positive charged ion that must maintain a certain concentration (about 30 times higher inside than outside your cells) in order to carry out its functions, which includes interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and heart function.

2. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

How Cucumber Help Prevent Cancer

Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.3 They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.

“Scientists have already determined that several different signaling pathways (for example, the JAK-STAT and MAPK pathways) required for cancer cell development and survival can be blocked by activity of cucurbitacins.”

 

3. Manage Stress – Stress is a body’s method of reacting to a challenge. a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium,  According to the stressful event, the body’s way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response.
Stress keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

How Cucumber Help Control Stress

Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.

 

4. Fight Inflammation – Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.
Symptoms of inflammation include: Redness, Joint pain, Joint stiffness and Loss of joint function.

-How Cucumber Help 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).5

 

5. Protect Your Brain – Brain is an organ that serves as the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals. human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles.

How Cucumber Help Protect Your Brain

Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline,1 fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

6. Support Your Digestive System – Digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Your digestive system is uniquely designed to turn the food you eat into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair.

How Cucumber help Speed Up Digestion

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 you meet the ideal of amount of fiber your body needs — 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. If you struggle with acid reflux, you should know that drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH; it’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect.

Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

Author

Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).

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