Cucumber belongs to the same botanical family as melons and squashes, it has three different varieties. Cucumber is a healthy food – in fact 100 grams of cucumber contains 95% water, 16% calories, 16% vitamin K and is also low in fat. The water content of cucumber is more nutritious than regular water which helps to keep our body hydrated and regulates our body temperature. Though it contains fewer vitamins and minerals, it has the power of washing away many diseases from our body.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of cucumber:
As a toner and to remove tan
- Cucumber Juice
- Water melon juice
- Pumpkin and lime juice
- Milk Cream
- Take one teaspoon of all the juices and mix them together.
- Add with milk cream to this juice.
- Apply this on your face and neck.
- Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.
This facial mask containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. This also helps in removing sun tan.
Also, before going out in the sun, you can try rubbing a slice of cucumber on your face for few minutes.
For glowing skin
- Cucumber juice
- Multani mitti powder
- Take few drops of cucumber juice and mix it with multani mitti powder.
- Apply this on your face and neck.
- Wash off after 20 minutes.
This is the best homemade face pack for glowing skin. It is suitable for those with oily and normal skin.
- Cucumber paste
- Rice flour
- Rose water
- Blend cucumber along with little rose water.
- Take the cucumber paste.
- Add rice flour to the cucumber.
- Mix thoroughly and apply it on your face for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.
This controls oily skin, removes dark spots and blackheads. This mixture also can be applied in all sun exposed areas like hands, legs, and neck it cools our body.
- Radish Juice
- Cucumber juice
- Tomato juice
- Peel the outer skin of the radish.
- Cut it into small pieces.
- Blend the radish pieces and squeeze the extract.
- Take ¼ cup of radish juice, ¼ cup of cucumber juice, ¼ cup of tomato juice add cumin seeds powder and salt for taste.
- Stir well.
Drink thrice a week at mid-morning. This is a natural remedy prepared for eye redness, puffiness and burning in eyes.
In summer times if we go out the sun heat produces eye burning. Take slices of cucumber, lie down and keep on the eyes for 10 minutes, the cooling and cleansing properties of cucumber reduces puffiness, swelling, irritation, inflammation and eye burn.
Cucumber contains unique antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and phyto-nutrients like carotene B, crypto-xanthin–B, Lutein-zeaxanthin. All these nutrients and its anti-inflammatory properties help to cure a number of diseases in our body.
Controls blood pressure
Foods which contain high amounts of potassium, fiber and magnesium can reduce blood pressure. Cucumbers are not only high in these nutrients but are also a significant source of vitamins like vitamin A, C and K. The powerful antioxidant that also helps to lower the blood pressure.
Take a tall glass of cucumber juice to reduce your high blood pressure. If you are not comfortable with plain cucumber, add carrot and celery juices for taste and they also have great benefits of their own.
High cholesterol is bad for your body because it creates a number of diseases like stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis and angina. The sterol compound in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels. Drinking cucumber juice thrice a week is a good natural remedy to wash away bad cholesterol from our body.
As already discussed, cucumber juice contains silicon, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, sodium and sulphur and all these are beneficial for hair growth.
- Peel and chop half a cucumber.
- Take ¼ cup of olive oil, one egg, and 2 tablespoon of mayonnaise and the chopped cucumbers.
- Prepare a paste by mixing all the ingredients and apply it on your hair evenly.
- Cover your hair with plastic shower cap to slightly generate heat on your scalp.
- Leave it for 30 minutes and wash your hair with cool water.
You can do this treatment twice a month which would help reducing hair loss and makes your hair smooth and shiny.
Cucumbers are rich in 3 lignans namely pinoresinol, lariciresinol and secoisolariciresinol. A study published in ‘Nutrition and Cancer’ magazine also found that pinoresinol could suppress the growth of human leukemia cells.
A 2013 research paper entitled “Cucurbitacins — A Promising Target for Cancer Therapy” found that cucurbitacins exhibited anti-tumor activity in human cancer cell lines. These results also contribute to the growing evidence that cucumbers are effective cancer-fighting foods.
For healthy teeth and gums
Foods high in water content are good for teeth and gums. When you chew a cucumber, it produces saliva which in turn becomes a natural neutralizer that kills all bacteria. Rough and sharp texture of the food automatically cleans the teeth surfaces, gives good refreshment and heals the diseased gums.
Good for digestion and heartburn
The most important element for healthy digestion is water and fibre. Both are available in plenty in cucumber. You could either eat one cucumber or drink a glass of cucumber juice after food for good digestion and to get relief from heartburn.
To maintain healthy weight
Cucumber has lot of water content and is low in calories; it is hence an ideal diet for those who are looking to lose weight. The water and fiber together help to remove all excess fat in our body.
Many researches have proved that increasing consumption of plant food decreases the risk of health diseases. Try to add cucumber on your daily diet and enjoy the benefits.