The “Cucumis sativus”, a herbaceous vine of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae bears the fruit Cucumber. Cucumbers contain a very large amount of water, about 96% of its content. Thus, it is said that “eating a cucumber is like drinking a glass of water”.
Cucumbers contain :
* Only 0.69% of protein
* Only1.96% of carbohydrate
* A very low fat content of 0.13%
* Small amounts of provitamin A, vitamin E, B and C
* Minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium and Iron, which are highly alkaline. It also contains some trace elements such as sulphur.
Medicinal uses / health benefits of Cucumber
Cucumbers have the following medicinal applications :
Cucumber helps in the elimination of waste substances from the blood stream. This is achieved either through elimination by the urine or skin.
Due to the high water content of cucumbers and very soluble fiber content, they make easier the movement of faeces through the intestine.
Cucumbers also helps in neutralizing excess acidic waste produced in the body which mainly arises from the intake of animal-based foods.
Cucumbers also acts as a diuretic i.e helps in increasing urine production.
The main /primary medicinal values of cucumbers are:
* SKIN CONDITIONS
Cucumbers provide the sulphur needed for healthy skin cells, hair and nails, and also helps in hydrating the skin. Moreover, they cleanse the bloodstream of toxic wastes. Cucumbers are therefore highly recommended for patients suffering from dermatosis, eczema and psoriasis. They are applied locally by rubbing it directly on the skin or on the affected areas. Applying cucumbers on the skin regularly helps make it soft, smooth and fresh.
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Due to their low carbohydrate content, and the supply of certain amount of minerals and vitamins, it is highly recommended for diabetics.
Cucumbers contain very few calories and produce a certain feeling of satisfaction, thus, recommended for the obese.
* Constipation due to intestinal atony can be controlled by the intake of cucumbers.