With summer just around the corner, it is good to look at cooling foods that help with health conditions. Cucumbers are a very cooling food and have healing properties that many people might be unaware of. Besides the fact that this wonderful vegetable is the fourth most cultivated vegetable, it is also considered a super food. Cucumbers have many healthy properties.
Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B which can be a great summer pick me up. Speaking of summer, they also help hydrate you because they are 95% water. Hydration is important during summer months.
These tasty vegetables are a good source of silica, which helps strengthen connective tissues in joints thus creating better joint health. The wonderful cucumber is rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.
Cucumber juice contains a hormone that is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Cucumber juice is a nice way to enjoy the benefits of its natural healing properties.
Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers might help reduce cholesterol levels. This works effectively for regulating blood pressure as well. If that isn't enough, they contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol which is connected to possibly reducing the risk of developing several types of cancer such as breast, colon, ovarian and uterine cancer. The copper in cucumber aids in neurotransmitter health as well because it aids in the brain and communicate, thus it helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neutral damage in the brain.
Don't toss out he peeling of the cucumber! The peel is a good source of dietary fiber. This can help with constipation, and offer some protection against colon cancer. The peals or slices of cucumber are a great natural way to relieve sunburn by putting them on the sunburn areas. It not only cools the burn, it is packed with minerals the skin likes such as magnesium, potassium and silicon. That is why the slices of cucumber on the eyes can reduce puffiness and redness.
Cucumbers are easy to grow and you can start your cucumber garden now. In Tucson, nursery's like Mesquite Valley Growers or the Silverbell Nursery are wonderful places that can help you with making decisions about growing your own. Remember that by placing slices of cucumbers in containers around the garden releases a scent which wards of the pests and insects.
Cucumbers have many healthy properties and growing them can be healthy and a great way to spend time outdoors and soak up some vitamin D. They are filled with many things the body needs to function, and prevent illness. So have a few slices today and enjoy the health benefits.