>>>>>Cucumber belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae which also include melons.Cucumber is a fruit because it has a seed inside,though many people refer to it as a vegetable.>>>Cucumbers actually contain 95% water in it and are naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol.Eating cucumber has great health benefits attached to it.
As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumbers are a rich source of triterpene phytonutrients called cucurbitacins. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of the pantothenic acid. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica.>>>HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUCUMBER.>>>The many benefits include Anti-inflamatory benefits,cancer prevention,Antioxidant,good for bone,skin and heart health and so many others.
HYDRATION>>>>It has been found that cucumber contains 95% water in it and as such is a great way to stay hydrated especially hot summer days.>>>
ANTI-INFLAMATORY AND ANTI-OXIDANT>>>>Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. In addition, cucumbers contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol.>>>Vitamin C is well known for its immune system benefits, and according to Mayo Clinic, beta-carotene also contained in cucumber has been shown to be beneficial for vision.>>A study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design found a positive association between the triterpene cucurbitacin and reduced inflammation, particularly in cancer cells.Fresh extracts from cucumber have been shown to provide specific antioxidant benefits, including increased scavenging of free radicals and increased overall antioxidant capacity.>>Cucumber extracts have also been shown to reduce unwanted inflammation in animal studies.
CANCER PREVENTION>>>> Cucumbers contain two phytonutrient compounds associated with anti-cancer benefits: lignans and cucurbitacins.>>According to a 2010 research review published in Scientific World Journal, scientists have found that cucurbitacins can help block the signaling pathways that are important for cancer cell proliferation and survival. Also a 2009 study published in Journal of Cancer Research looked at the effect of cucurbitacin B (which cucumber contains) on human pancreatic cancer cells and found that cucurbitacin supplements inhibited the growth of seven pancreatic cancer cell lines by 50 percent, and also increased apoptosis, or "death by suicide," of pancreatic cancer cells. A Journal of Nutrition study of nearly 800 American women found that those with those with the highest lignan intake had the lowest risk of ovarian cancer
BONE>>>>>Vitamin K has been identified as very important for bone health, and one cup of cucumber contains about 19 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K.One review published in Journal of Nutrition noted that vitamin K intake might reduce fracture rates.Another study published in the American Journal Clinical Nutrition in 1999 found that low intakes of vitamin K were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures in middle-age women.
SKIN AND HEART HEALTH>>>>>
Cucumbers have been identified have a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation and inflammation when used topically. Cucumber slices can be placed on the eyes can decrease morning puffiness or alleviate and treat sunburn when placed on the affected areas.>>>Cucumber has been associated with the reduced heart conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity.Potassium is also identified as one of the content and according to a study of 12,000 adults, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, those who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium each day lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease by 37 percent and 49 percent, respectively, compared to those who took 1,793 mg per day.
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