Health benefits of cucumber

BY: The Mirror

Cucumber juice is a very healthy and versatile drink. Cucumbers have a high content of water and contain amounts of potassium, silica, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and chlorophyll, among other nutrients.

Many people add cucumber juice to their diets to improve the quality of their skin, nails and when consumed regularly, the drink can help treat high blood pressure and kidney stones.
Here are some other benefits in adding cucumber to your diet.

Relieves bad breath

A slice of cucumber , press to the upper part of  the mouth together with the tongue for 30 seconds, can kill the microorganism in your mouth chargeable for inflicting dangerous breath .

It promotes hydration

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Water is crucial to your body's function as it  plays numerous important roles. Proper hydration can affect everything from physical performance to metabolism.

Cucumbers are composed of about 96 per cent  water, they are especially effective at promoting hydration and can help in meeting daily fluid needs.

Protects  brain

Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol 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 memory and learning impairments.

Reduce risk of cancer

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.

Support heart health

Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure levels.

A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly.

Potassium carry out  functions which include interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and heart function.

Maintain a healthy weight

Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories).

The soluble fibre in cucumbers dissolves into a gel-like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion.

This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fibre-rich foods may help with weight control.