Health Benefits of the Cucumber - Am I Eating Healthy?

4 months ago
This article was written by a member of the SheKnows Community. It has not been edited, vetted or reviewed by our editorial staff, and any opinions expressed herein are the writer’s own.
Did You Know?

Cucumbers are considered a fruit? Fruits are the part of the plant that contains the seeds. It is the part of the plant that develops from a flower.

Vegetables include  celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), beets, carrots and potatoes (roots). Avocado, beans, pea-pods, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives, peppers, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, are technically are all fruits.

Cucumbers are low in calories and high in Vitamins and Minerals.  To get the most benefits out of them, you should eat with the peel (Organic or Home Grown Only)  as it provides the maximum amount of nutrients. They are rich in beneficial anti oxidants that may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Benefits of Cucumbers

 

 

Helps skin - Cucumbers have minerals, magnesium, potassium and silicon. 

Helps weight loss - Add to your water daily, eat with salads and dips = super healthy

Reduces puffy eyes - Placing chilled cucumbers on your eyes  helps reduce puffiness 

Reduces Cancer - Studies show by including cucumber in your daily diet reduces the risk of Cancer. 

Keeps you hydrated - Cucumbers contain 96% water

Relieves Heartburn

Relieves sunburn and itchy skin - Apply directly to the skin for relief

Dissolves Kidney Stones - If eaten regularly

Boosts Immune System - Cucumbers contain Vitamins A,B & C

Heals diseased gums - Drinking cucumber juice heals gum diseasepuffy eyes

Makes nails and hair stronger and shinier

Healthy Kidneys -  Cucumbers lower uric acid levels in your system

Muscles & Joint Pain - The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers help relieve pain

Diabetes - Cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin

Reduces Cholesterol

Regular Bowel Movements -  Eating cucumbers regularly may help to have regular bowel movements. They contain a good amount of fibre and water which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.

Information

Adults need 4,700 mg of Potassium daily, less than 2% consumes the recommended amount. Eating cucumbers will increase your amount.

Cucumbers as well as strawberries and grapes have an anti - inflammatory substance called Fisetin. Fisetin plays an important role in brain health. It has the ability to reduce the impact of age related neurological diseases on the brain function. It also helps maintain cognitive function for people with Alzheimer's.

Protects Bones - They have a good source of vitamin K. One cup  contains 22% of the recommended daily intake. Low Vitamin K has been associated with a higher risk for bone fractures.

Side Effects From Eating Too Many Cucumbers

Eating too many cucumbers can increase fluid loss and can result in an imbalance of the body. 

Cucurbitacin and fatty oil in the cucumber seeds are a mild diuretic and over eating cucumbers can increase the frequency of urination which can result in loss of fluids and electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration.

Too much Vitamin C can harm body cells, the same way too much potassium can affect your kidneys. Too much fibre can cause gas, bloating and cramps. Vitamin C in excessive amounts can act like a pro-oxidant and can damage body cells and increase the risk of Cancer, acne and pre-mature aging.

Excessive water intake can increase the total volume of blood in our body. It can put strain on our blood vessels and heart and can cause excessive wear and tear on our kidneys.

Important Note: Try to buy organic cucumbers or grow your own as the wax coating that is put on them is made up of compounds such as; ethyl alcohol, soap, and milk casein. These compounds can cause skin irritations and is unhealthy for our bodies. They can also cause E. Coli. Cucumbers rank 9 in 50  fruits and vegetables tested for pesticides. 

Over consumption can be fatal and can cause a condition called HyperKalemia. This is caused by having to much potassium and can lead to bloating, cramps, gas & if it gets worse, it can lead to Kidney & Renal problems.

Allergic Reactions - According to American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, people with allergies to certain foods such as; ragweed, pollen, melons, chamomile tea, bananas, & sunflower seeds could possibly be allergic to cucumbers.

Iced Green Tea With Cucumber

cucumber tea

4 cups boiling water

2 green tea bags

3 tbsp honey

1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

 

Steep your tea bags in your boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove bags and add your honey, stir to dissolve.

Refrigerate the green tea for at least 4 hrs until well chilled.

In  a mason jar or cocktail shaker & muddle the cucumber and lemon together to combine flavours ( really mash cucumbers to get all the juices out of it ).

Strain the lemon juice and cucumber juice into the green tea and stir. Serve over crushed ice and add lots of cucumbers and lemon slices.

Get 50% Off on your First Purchase at Teabox.com. Use Coupon Code: FIRST50 Cucumber Salad

cucumber salad

Makes 6 - 1 cup servings

Prep - 10 min

Calories - 86 per serving

Carbs - 7 g per serving

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tbsp fresh dill

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

6 cups chopped cucumbers

1 small red onion

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic powder. Season with salt to taste.

Stir in chopped cucumbers and red onion.

In Conclusion

Cucumbers have the following benefits:

  • Potential anti diabetic
  • Anti-oxidant activity
  • Cleansing action of toxins and waste
  • Soothing effect against skin irritation
  • Prevents constipation

Disclaimer -  The information contained in this post is for general purpose only and shouldn't be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical medicine. 

If you find this article helpful, please consider sharing it 

More from food

Food & Recipes
by Jessica Hickam | 5 hours ago
Food & Recipes
by Alison Luther | a day ago
Food & Recipes
by Colleen Stinchcomb | 2 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Jessica Hickam | 3 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Sarah Brooks | 3 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Jessica Hickam | 3 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Aly Walansky | 4 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Sarah Aswell | 6 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Jessica Hickam | 7 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Justina Huddleston | 8 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Karen Miner | 8 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Colleen Stinchcombe | 8 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Aly Walansky | 9 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Kenzie Mastroe | 9 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Claire Gallam | 10 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Jennifer Mattern | 10 days ago
Food & Recipes
by Justina Huddleston | 10 days ago