The Benefits of Cucumber

By Steven Kakehashi; First Year Project Manager

Summer is approaching! What better way to beat the summer heat than with a refreshing treat? The cucumber is one refreshing superfood you don’t want to miss out on.

Cucumber is 96% water and is packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium. Being high in antioxidants makes cucumber a great way to keep your body healthy. Also, being a good source of Vitamin K, it keeps your bones strong and reduces the risk of fracture. Lastly, the potassium content in cucumber helps promote heart health and can lower blood pressure.

Cucumber also contains silica, cucurbitacin, and fiber. Silica is great for maintaining healthy skin, nails, and hair, as well as strengthening our bones and connective tissues. Cucurbitacin is said to have anti-cancerous properties and can help prevent pancreatic cancer. Lastly, fiber is great for your digestive system, and coupled with the water content of cucumber, is a great way of helping prevent constipation.

Cucumberwater

If you’re not interested in eating cucumber, or even if you are, cucumber infused water is definitely something you should try! Cucumber water is very simple to make. All you need is a fresh cucumber, cut it into thin half inch slices, put it into a pitcher of water, cover with ice to keep the cucumber slices from floating to the top, and let it sit and infuse for a couple hours. It’s that simple to make! And what you get from this is a refreshing drink that contains the electrolytes and nutrients of the cucumber. You can also include other fruits into the mix such as lemon or strawberries, and you have the perfect healthy drink full of electrolytes for a hot summer day! So the next time you reach for a Gatorade, drink some cucumber infused water instead!

References:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/health-benefits-cucumbers.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-ricci/health-benefits-of-cucumbers_b_8231704.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283006.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/cucumber.html

http://www.livescience.com/51000-cucumber-nutrition.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19605406

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2658806/

Images:

http://lezgow.com/what-will-happen-if-you-drink-cucumber-water/

https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/unexplainable-trick-removing-bitterness-from-cucumbers-0157089/

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