Amazing Benefits Of Cucumber

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Cucumbers are an indispensable ingredient of our summer salad.

Even 96% of this vegetable from the Cucurbitaceae family makes water. Therefore, with their regular consumption, you will hydrate your body and stimulate detoxification.

Cucumbers contain vitamins C and K, B1, B5 and B7 and potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper.

According to the Ayurveda, their consumption encourages the release of excess heat from the abdominal organs, thus decreasing the bad breath.

Since they contain fiber and water, and a little calorie, they are an excellent choice for those who want to lose weight in a healthy way.

But did you know that this is a summer vegetable and an excellent fighter for heart disease and cancer?

For better digestion and weight loss

This low-calorie vegetable is an excellent summer choice for weight loss. Namely, a cup of sliced cucumbers contains only 16 calories. Thanks to fiber and water, cucumbers also boost digestion.

Their bark contains insoluble fibers that help digestive foods move faster through the intestines and eliminate the waste from the body.

On the other hand, cucumbers contain soluble fibers that, during the digestion, becomes like the gel structure, which prolongs the feeling of satiety.

Thanks to this, after consuming you will not quickly set for new snacks.

Powerful allies against cancer and heart disease

Although there is not a lot of vitamins and minerals in them, fresh cucumbers contain lignans and cucurbitacin – bioactive substances that have a powerful protective effect on your health.

Lignan polyphenols can also be found in cabbage.

Studies have shown that clotting in cucumbers is effective against ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. These bioactive substances also reduce vasculitis – inflammation of the blood vessels, so they also maintain heart health.

Except in cucumbers, cucurbitacin can also be found in mushrooms. Scientists are so surprised by the effect of cucurbitacin to believe that this ingredient will be used in the future as a cancer drug.

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These bioactive substances, in fact, stop the growth of cancer cells.

Cucurbitacin B acts against pancreatic cancer. They can destroy as many as 80 percents of the cells of this type of cancer.

Lignans and cucurbitacin act:

anti-inflammatory

antibacterial

antifungal

anticancer

antimicrobial

antioxidant

These bioactive substances also relieve hypertension (high blood pressure) and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar levels).

Cucumbers contain potassium, electrolyte, and minerals that lower blood pressure.

The proper balance of potassium outside and inside cells is very important for your body to function well.

Potassium should be in good interaction with sodium, which is important for transmitting nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and heart health.

Antioxidant anti-allergic properties

Apart from vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, cucumbers also contain flavonoids, such as quercetin and kaempferol. The quercetin prevents the release of histamine, which means it acts like a natural allergy drug.

On the other hand, cucumber kaempferol reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and prevents cancer.

Other benefits of cucumber:

Contribute to detoxification

Improve skin health

They work against diabetes

Lowering cholesterol levels

Protect your brain health

Preserve joint health, alleviate gout and arthritis

Reduce heat in the body

They refresh their breath

Reduce the anxiety and the negative effects of stress.

Salad with cucumber, tomato and feta cheese (suitable for Ekadasi)

Ingredients:

2-4 large cucumber, cut into slices,

2-3 large tomatoes, cut into thin slices,

a handful of olives, finely chopped (green),

100g feta cheese, cut into cubes,

10-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped,

pinch of fresh or dry parsley,

1 teaspoon of oregano,

1 big tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil,

salt to taste (i use black salt),

 pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

Method:

Clean and wash the cucumbers and tomatoes. Cut cucumbers and tomatoes into thin slices. Chop the feta cheese into cubes of medium size. In a bowl, add all other ingredients and mix finely. Serve salad with Ekadasi potato or if is not Ekadasi day, serve with your favorite sabji, chapati, paratha, pie  etc… :-))

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