Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin and water melon. Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly 95 percent water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. However, there’s reason to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C and Manganese, Cucumbers can help you avoid nutrient deficiencies that are wide spread among those eating regular food. Here are 5 benefits of eating cucumbers.
- Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavone called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline. Fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.
- Cucumbers may also help to cool the inflammatory response in your body. Cucumber extracts help reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes.
- Cucumbers contain numerous antioxidants, including the well-known vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain antioxidant flavonoids, such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol which provide additional benefits.
- Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odour-causing bacteria. Eating of cucumbers may also help to release excess heat in your stomach, which is said to be the primary cause of bad breath.