Originally from India, cucumber is now consumed and used in many parts of the world. Essentially eaten raw, in salad, in juice or in cold soup, it is also used as a care for the skin and goes into the manufacture of cosmetic products.
The virtues of cucumber
It is a low-calorie vegetable that contains only 16 kilocalories per 100 grams and is 96% water-based. It is an excellent refreshment that moisturizes the body, composed mainly of minerals, trace elements and very rich in vitamins B, C, E and provitamin A.
The skin of the cucumber is essentially composed of antioxidant elements, which is why it is advisable to eat it with its skin. In this case, make sure the cucumbers are organic and be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
Cucurbitacin C (responsible for bitterness) contained in cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties that slow down or prevent the growth of cancer cells. In order to benefit from its anti-cancer effect, it is necessary to consume short and bitter varieties.
A slimming ally
Very low in calories, the cucumber favors the feeling of satiety and the burning of the fat thanks to the histamine which is released when it is long chewed. Japanese researchers claim that "its high masticatory index favors the destocking of abdominal fat". Eating cucumber fifteen minutes before the meal reduces the calories accumulated in a meal.
Against bad cholesterol
The peroxidase contained in cucumber skin is a protein that lowers the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides contained in the body and thus reduces cardiac disorders.
An insulin producer
Cucumber is an ally for people with diabetes because it contains a hormone that promotes the decrease in glucose levels in the blood and is used by the pancreas to produce insulin.
A beauty asset
The large amount of caffeic and absorbent acids contained in the cucumber has earned it success in aesthetic care to treat the skin and reduce inflammation. The reason for its reputation in the reduction of puffiness under the eyes and dark circles is the ascorbic acid it contains; Place cucumber slices on the eyes for 20 minutes.
A purifier of the body
To purify the body and strengthen the proper functioning of the tissues, make a purge based on cucumber skin syrup; Grate the skin, mix it with water and juice of half a lemon and leave to macerate then filter to obtain a syrup.
If you suffer from digestive problems and acid lifts, the fibers and water contained in the cucumber will be beneficial to a good digestion and a neutralization of the toxins of the digestive system. A daily consumption of cucumber treats and relieves chronic constipation.
For hair growth
The cucumber is rich in silicon and sulfur, two compounds that promote hydration and hair growth. Consuming a salad of cucumbers, carrots and lettuce is the winning combination for healthy hair.
A fresh breath
Thanks to its photochemical substances, the cucumber destroys the bacteria which are in the oral cavity, relieves the gums and strengthens the teeth. Replace the commercial mouthwash with cucumber juice to make gargles.
Regular consumption of cucumber is beneficial for the kidneys as it acts as a natural diuretic that helps eliminate waste from the body through urine and prevent kidney stones.
The silica contained in the cucumber is good for joints because it strengthens the tissues. Consuming a cucumber / carrot juice helps relieve muscle and arthritis pain and prevent deterioration of the nails and fingers.
The pyridoxine contained in the cucumber has relaxing properties which give it a soothing property to fight against stress and anxiety.
Caution: People allergic to pollen are advised to consume cucumber in large quantities because it can cause oral allergies which result in irritations in the throat, mouth and lips. If these symptoms appear, it is advisable to consult a doctor.