Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the cucumber or cucumis sativus. A cucumber is actually a fruit which until recently I always considered a vegetable.
It can be light to dark green in colour. The skin of the cucumber is mostly smooth sometimes however, they have tiny bumps on the surface of the skin but they are still good to eat. The flesh inside is pale green with tiny edible seeds. It is generally watery in taste. Cucumbers are low in calories and contain roughly 95% water. I understand they can be cooked but I usually eat it raw.
Cucumbers are filled with many nutrients. They are rich in vitamin K and vitamin B5. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1 just to name a few.
Below are some of the benefits of adding cucumbers to your diet and lifestyle.
Some beauty benefits of cucumbers:
- Revitalize and Rejuvenate the skin – (use the juice from the cucumber mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and apply to the skin and leave for a few minutes then rinse and pat dry)
- Reduce dark circles, puffiness and under eye bags – (use cold slices of cucumber on the eyes)
- Helps soothe sunburn
- Reduce hair loss – ( consume cucumber juice or eat the cucumber)
- Promotes silky and shiny hair – (use the juice from the cucumber as a rinse)
Some health benefits of cucumbers
- Destroys intestinal worms – tapeworms
- Promotes bone and joint health
- Anti-Inflammatory properties
- Anti-Cancer properties
- Supports heart health
- Regulates blood pressure
- Relieves Constipation
- Fights bad breath – (put a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth and hold it there for about 90 seconds and then throw it away)
- Aids in weight loss
- Aids in digestion
- Supports brain health – ( improving memory and protecting nerve cells from age-related decline)
Possible Side Effects:
Although cucumbers can add great benefits when added to your diet you must be very cautious and not over indulge. Here are some possible side effects of eating too many cucumbers.
- Toxins – cucumbers get their bitter taste from the cucurbitacins and tetracyclic triterpenoids toxins that can be potentially life threatening to mammals if eaten excessively according to a study published on Pharmacognosy Review. The researchers also stressed that we not let these findings overshadow the anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties present.
- Hyperkalemia is a medical condition that is caused by the over consumption of potassium which may cause fatigue, numbness, nausea, breathing problems, or heart palpitations.
- Allergic Reactions – some people who are allergic to ragweed might suffer from allergic reactions such as swelling or hives if they eat bananas, melon, cucumbers and zucchini warn the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.This phenomenon is known as cross-reactivity.
All in all dear friends, like any good thing I suggest you use moderation. I personally eat my cucumbers raw with and without the skin, seeds included but I am sure to wash them thoroughly. Organically grown cucumbers are recommended but if you can’t easily source them I would suggest peeling the skin before consuming.
Additionally, not all cucumbers are bitter so if and when I do encounter a cucumber that is extremely bitter (which is few and far in between) I personally don’t continue eating it.
There are so many natural foods out there that we sometimes underestimate in value that can provide us with so many health and beauty benefits – so do your research. Be sure to consult your doctor on your findings before starting anything.
I will continue doing my research as well and would continue to bring what I find to your attention.
Thanks for dropping by. 🙂