Are you looking for a super food? Cucumis Sativus or what is commonly known as the cucumber belongs to the Cucurbitaceous family, one of the oldest cultivated vegetables which Cucumber typically grows in tropical areas but also available in many areas across the globe. It’s best for tasty vegetable salad and main dish ingredient for viands and sandwiches but not only that because cucumber comes with countable benefits to our health. Do you want to know the health advantages of adding cucumber in your diet? Here we go!

The Beauty Secret

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Save your day from beauty trips, here’s cucumber to the rescue. You’ve seen your mom placing cucumber slices on their eyes. This super veggie is a natural beauty ingredient containing caffeic acid and ascorbic acid which reduces water retention hence helps reduce swollen eyes. Likewise, it has antioxidants and silica which work effectively to rejuvenate the cells to fade dark circles. Place 2 slices of cucumber under your eyes for 20 minutes. It will do magic. 

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What about mixing a natural face mask from your kitchen? Mix few drops of lemon juice with some cucumber juice to lighten skin pigmentation and scars. A mixture of oat, honey and cucumber pulp is also proven effective to enhance dry skin and moisturize skin.

More than that, cucumbers are great skin toner especially when mixed with lemon juice, honey, apple cider and aloe vera. Apply to skin to tighten open pores.

 

Whoa, women will surely love this. Do you know that cucumber helps eliminate ugly cellulites? If you’re not at all familiar, cellulites are the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Combine cucumber juice, 15 ml honey and 120 ml ground coffee to make a paste. Apply to the affected part with a muslin wrapping sheet for around 30 minutes.

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Fitness and Health

Whether you’re on low salt, low fat diet or trying to cut off calories, cucumbers are still the best choice with only 15g of calories per 100g without saturated fat. Eating fresh cucumber salad can curb your hunger and since it is rich in water it hydrates the body cells making you full over long period.

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If you suffer from digestive problems, you may drink cucumber juice or eat large cucumber every day. Erepsin enzyme in cucumber aids protein digestion that helps prevent and relieve bowel issues such as constipation.

 

While we are exposed to chemicals and toxins daily, cucumber also helps reduce the risk of cancer because it contains the 3 lignans namely: the pinoresinol, lariciresinol and secoisolariciresinol. It has good amount of antioxidants to fight free radicals, the culprit to many forms of diseases and aging.

 

Next time you’ll go to purchase goodies and snacks, be sure to include the super food cucumber on your list. Store cucumber inside your refrigerator and consume within 2 to 3 days.

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